Thanasis Antetokounmpo has played sparingly in his first year with the Milwaukee Bucks, but could that change when the season resumes?
There have been few players playing overseas in recent memory who have gotten the kind of access and inside track on the NBA that Thanasis Antetokounmpo already had before signing with the Milwaukee Bucks last summer.
In spite of not having played stateside since 2016, Thanasis was a more than familiar figure to Bucks fans and NBA fans more generally. When the 28-year-old’s schedules at Andorra and later Panathinaikos would allow it, Thanasis would regularly visit Wisconsin to spend time with his brother, Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.
With a two-year fully guaranteed contract inked last summer, now Thanasis isn’t going anywhere else in the near future.
Having been drafted by the New York Knicks in 2014, Antetokounmpo has been around the league on his own footing in the past, but hardly had the playing time to show for it. Although Thanasis got plenty of run in the G League with the Westchester Knicks, he only appeared in two games and for a total of six minutes with the New York Knicks in competitive NBA games.
That mark has been comfortably surpassed in Thanasis’ first season with the Bucks, with 18 games played and close to 100 minutes logged in total.
Therefore, let’s take a closer look at what Thanasis’ season has looked like to date, and the questions looming over the rest of his campaign in the Orlando bubble.