Fans across the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex were aware of the draft night acquisition agreed upon between the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks. Per agreement, the Hawks selected Luka Doncic with the third overall pick before sending him to the Mavs in exchange for the draft rights to former Oklahoma standout Trae Young along with a protected 2019 first round pick.
The draft-night trade completed our first trio of active NBA siblings, or at least the first crop to have all three NBA siblings drafted. This selection was not accompanied by the social media blitz which you might expect from another three brothers with a hysterically provocative father.
Dallas traded the draft rights of SMU guard Shake Milton to Philadelphia to acquire Kostas Antetokounmpo, the younger brother of both Thanasis and Giannis. The Holiday brothers (Jrue, Justin, Aaron) fulfilled their hoop dreams with Aaron’s selection during the 2018 draft, as well.
As a redshirt freshman at Dayton, Antetokounmpo averaged 5.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and one block per contest. Antetokounmpo made six starts with 29 games played, shooting 57.4 percent from the field but 51.6 percent from the free-trow line and just 13.3 percent from three. He managed just 13 assists and 7 steals in those 29 games, indicating at this stage Kostas carries a different archetype — or skill set — than his brothers.
The fourth of five Antetokoumpo brothers sat down with Chris Henderson to discuss a variety of introductory topics including joining the Mavericks, meeting Dirk Nowitzki in the near future and his experiences with the young duo of Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic.
Below are a few excerpts from the interview
On his brief NBA experience:
“It’s been good so far. We just had a three or four-day practice, you know. We’re doing good and we’re just getting ready to go to Vegas.”
On meeting Dirk Nowitzki in the future:
“Man, just being from Europe, growing up there, that’s like the greatest European player of all time. So talking to him and just getting to see how he thinks and how he behaves, you know, I feel like I can just gain so much stuff to put in my game.”
On being around young core of Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic:
“Just being around those guys they have more experience. You know Luka played in a high level overseas and Dennis was a starting point guard in the NBA already, as a rookie. So I learned a lot of stuff about them, just seeing them and how they behave on and off the court and just trying to see their mentality and how they attack drills [during practice].”
Antetokounmpo isn’t expected to be an early contributor among the rotation. Instead, the rookie will likely spend more time developing and maturing his skills with the Texas Legends, the Mavs’ G-League affiliate.
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