Giannis Antetokounmpo is excited to play as point guard this season for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Antetokounmpo, who is up to 6-foot-11 after another growth spurt, played point guard for the Bucks' summer league team and averaged 17 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
New head coach Jason Kidd has been supportive of Antetokounmpo handling the ball more. The Bucks also hired Hall of Fame point guard Gary Payton to work with the team's guards.
“Oh man, it’s really important and nice, since they’re some of the best point guards in NBA history,” Antetokounmpo said of Kidd and Payton. “Not only are they great point guards, they’re great basketball players and can help us all basketball wise. Whatever they say, that is what I’m going to do. I’m so happy to have guys like them as I figure out the position and to have them teach me. I’m really excited. I’ve talked with Jason Kidd and he’s a really good coach, but he’s also a really great guy. He treats us really well."
Antetokounmpo played for Greece during the FIBA World Cup this summer and averaged 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists in 16 minutes per game.
The Bucks open training camp next week.
- Paul Palladino