Friday June 28th, 2013

Giannis Adetokunbo believes he can play the role of  point-forward in the NBA. At 6-foot-9, Giannis Adetokunbo believes he can play the role of point-forward in the NBA. (AP)

The Bucks selected Giannis Adetokunbo with the 15th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday. Here's a look at Adetokunbo and how he fits with Milwaukee:

Bio: Greece | 18 years old | Small Forward

Vitals: 6-9, 196 pounds

Strengths: Adetokunbo is an elite athlete with ball-handling skills rarely found in a player of his size. An unselfish player, he considers himself a point guard, a concept that speaks to his versatility. Just 18 years old, Adetokunbo has a lot of upside.

Weaknesses: Adetokunbo's game needs a lot of seasoning. His inexperience shows on the defensive end, where he lacks consistency, and on the perimeter, where he does not yet possess a consistent jumper. There are also concerns about his adjustment to the NBA given the weak competition he's faced overseas.

What Scouts Say: "I wouldn't touch him," a Western Conference executive said. "I don't even know how good he is going to be once he reaches his potential." Team Fit: The Bucks seem to have struck gold with Larry Sanders in terms of drafting a lanky super-athlete, so maybe they're going back to that design with the Greek small forward? Only 18-years-old, Adetokunbo likely is several years away from being a realistic contributor. Will the Bucks stash him overseas so he can continue to season? Draft reporters are saying no. The competition level he has faced so far has been very marginal, but people who follow European basketball think his potential is very good down the road.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.