Reactions to Wisconsin Herd acquiring Alex Antetokounmpo

February 19, 2022; Cleveland, OH, USA; Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
February 19, 2022; Cleveland, OH, USA; Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports /

There is potential for the Milwaukee Bucks to have three Antetokounmpos on their roster next season. For the last couple of seasons, the team has had both Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo. Only having two Antetokounmpos most not be enough for the Bucks, as their G League team just made a move for another one. The Wisconsin Herd announced on Monday that they have acquired the returning player rights to Alex Antetokounmpo and a second-round pick in the 2023 NBA G League Draft from the Raptors 905 in exchange for the returning player rights of Jalen Lecque.

Reactions to Wisconsin Herd acquiring Alex Antetokounmpo

This is certainly an interesting move for the Herd and the Bucks. The Bucks NBA team has put together a couple of brother duos during the Jon Horst era with Brook and Robin Lopez during the 2019-2020 season and Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo who have been together on the team since 2019. If Alex can make the NBA roster at any point next season, it will be the first time in NBA history that a trio of brothers all played for the same team in a game.

The move probably comes as another way for the organization to please Giannis Antetokounmpo. It’s well known how big the Antetokounmpos are on family, and the addition of Alex to the Herd will make it much easier for the other brothers to support him. If the Bucks have an off day, Giannis and Thanasis will be able to make the trip to Oshkosh to watch their brother.

For Alex, he returns to some familiar territory. After Giannis was drafted by the Bucks, Alex moved to Milwaukee with his family and played his high school basketball there. He was a terrific player at Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, where he was a two-time All-State honoree and averaged over 20 points per game as a senior.

Antetokounmpo will have a lot of work to do if he wants to join his brothers in Milwaukee. He didn’t have the most spectacular season for Raptors 905 last season, as he only averaged 2.6 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 0.3 assists per game in 7 minutes per game.

The good news when it comes to Antetokounmpo is that at age 20, there is plenty of time to grow. We’ve seen one Antetokounmpo brother who wasn’t fully developed at age 20 turn into arguably the game’s best player. While that isn’t likely in Alex’s case, it does serve as a reminder to not have the expectations too high out of the gate and that development is possible, especially with him being a part of the Antetokounmpo family.

The Bucks are coming very close to uniting the whole Antetokounmpo basketball family. With the addition of Alex to their G League roster, three out of the four brothers who play professional basketball are within the Bucks organization. The only one not in Milwaukee is Kostas Antetokounmpo. It would be a surprise if the team added the fourth brother, but the trade for Alex was a surprise too.

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Stay tuned to see how Antetokounmpo performs and more developments throughout the offseason.