The most famous name at the NBA combine in Chicago last week was Antetokounmpo.
Kostas Antetokounmpo, 20, is the younger brother of Bucks’ All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, knows as The Greek Freak. He is a 6-foot-10 big man who sat out his first year in college as a partial qualifier and played in 29 games last season for the University of Dayton, averaging 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in just 15.1 minutes per game.
Antetokounmpo is projected as either a late second-round pick or to go undrafted, a player the Heat could look to sign for their summer league team. The Heat will participate in the summer leagues in Sacramento and Las Vegas starting July 1.
Antetokounmpo has not hired an agent so he could return to school or try to get his start in the G League.
But he would be a project, at best.
“I’ve been getting some positive and negative feedback,” Antetokounmpo said from the combine. “I feel like I’m able to still compete with some of the kids here because of my athleticism. But I see that my body is not there yet as my brother’s was at my age. So, I got to work on my body.”
Antetokounmpo weighed in at 195 pounds (he is 6-9 without shoes), the lightest at the combine among those 6-7 or taller. He has a wingspan of 7-2.25, which was 13th among the 69 players at the combine.
Kostas is hoping to become the third Antetokounmpo brother to make it to the NBA. Aside from the 6-11 Giannis, a two-time All-Star who averaged 26.9 points and 10.0 rebounds last season; 6-7 Thanasis played two games for the Knicks in 2015-16. Thanasis, 25, is playing in Greece.
Giannis, 23, was the 15th overall pick in the 2013 draft.
Giannis accompanied Kostas to the combine. He told ESPN he is working out with Kostas in Phoenix.
“He’s just got to work hard every day,” Giannis said. “When I was his age, I paid attention to detail. You can never be satisfied. You always have chapters in your life. This is a big chapter in his life.
“Kostas can be really good. He’s got to work on a lot of things. He’s got to work on his game. He can get a lot better. But with the right fit, the right team, he can do great things in the NBA.”
Kostas compares his game to that of Clint Capela, the Rockets’ 6-10 athletic center, because of “my shot blocking ability, my length and the way I run the floor.
“I feel like I can play multiple positions. I can play the three, four or five,” Kostas said.
Antetokounmpo had a rough one season at Dayton. He started just six games before his playing time dwindled despite the team finishing 14-17. He was one of the Flyers better defensive players.
“I felt like it was going to be a learning year,” Antetokounmpo said. “I wasn’t expecting that. But it is what it is. I got better anyways. It helped me with my patience.”