The Dallas Mavericks have officially signed Kostas Antetokounmpo to a two-way contract, per Mavs PR. Antetokounmpo was selected with the final pick in the 2018 NBA Draft back on June 21st after playing one season of college basketball at Dayton.
Best known for being Giannis Antetokounmpo’s younger brother, Kostas will now try to make a name for himself with the Mavs. The 6’10” forward showed some flashes in four games played for the Mavs at the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 5.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks in only 12 minutes per game. Antetokounmpo is an extremely raw prospect right now, but he has both the physical tools and the pedigree for us to be excited about his potential. Let’s take a closer look at some of the best plays from Antetokounmpo in Las Vegas.
In a game against the Chicago Bulls summer league squad, Antetokounmpo showed off his ability to run the pick-and-roll to perfection, a skill that would be vital to him being successful in Rick Carlisle’s offense. What’s more impressive to me, is how Antetokounmpo doesn't dribble once on the play, catching the ball cleanly and soaring for the slam just inside the free throw line.
Antetokounmpo showed many hustle play throughout his Summer League performance. Here is a good example of that hustle, as he throws his body into a crowd of Golden State Warriors players to grab the offensive rebound and second chance points. To put into perspective how hard Antetokoumpo plays, you should take into consideration that the Mavs were already up by 15 points late in the third quarter when this play occurred.
Antetokounmpo continued to show off that 7’2” wingspan and 9’2” standing reach with his ability to block shots. As mentioned earlier, he averaged 1.3 blocks in only 12 minutes of play per game, which is really impressive. In the clip below, watch how Antetokoumpo keeps excellent spacing between his own defender and Jalen Brunson’s defender. Antetokounmpo shows nice closing speed here, putting himself in position to swat the layup attempt out of bounds.
This next block shows how Antetokounmpo’s length can compensate for his lack of muscle. Antetokounmpo is easily backed down in the paint, but he’s able to stay upright, jumping at the last second yet again for the impressive rejection. I mentioned his pedigree, because if you’ll recall, Giannis was also pretty thin when he first entered the league. If Kostas can fill out his frame anywhere close to how his older brother did, he could potentially be a problem.
These are just a few examples that shed some light on what Antetokounmpo was able to accomplish this week. He still has a long way to go in his development to become a real NBA player like his brother, but he’s definitely off to the right start, quickly earning that two-way contract with the Mavs. Now Antetokounmpo will focus on getting better in Frisco with the Mavs’ G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends. Let’s hope Dallas has found themselves a gem with the No. 60 pick in the draft.