Bring hustle and energy defensively
Unlike the concerns surrounding his floor spacing, what can’t be denied is the potential Antetokounmpo holds on the defensive end.
With the size, speed, athleticism, and length he possesses, Antetokounmpo has all of the tools to be a useful NBA defender and it gives an added dimension for head coach Mike Budenholzer to work with within the team’s bench mob.
Not only does the physical tools the 27-year-old possesses help him on that end of the floor, but Antetokounmpo’s brand of hustle and dirty work has led him to being a fan favorite with his ability to make high-effort plays such as chasedown blocks or digging in and looking to force turnovers from opponents.
The defensive side of the ball provides the ideal pathway for Antetokounmpo to earn playing time opportunities under Budenholzer and it’s certainly one where the Greek forward could be up to the task.
There’s a lot for Antetokounmpo to master in order to become a full fledged 3-and-D wing/forward, but as long as his defensive prowess remains up to snuff, he’ll have that part of that tag down.