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The Knicks drafted Thanasis Antetokounmpo with the 51st pick

Welcome the new Greek Knick, Thanasis Antetokounmpo!

Paul Gilham

Two new Knicks! The Knicks have drafted Thanasis Antetokounmpo with the 51st pick. He is the older brother of Giannis, the second-year player on the Milwaukee Bucks.

Antetokounmpo is a 6'6' small forward who spent time in the D-League last year with the Delaware Sevens, averaging 12 points on 46% shooting to go with 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal and block per game. The Knicks wrote up a draft profile on him, claiming:

After a year of high-quality coaching and NBA exposure, Thanasis' decision to play in the D-League rather than in Greece last season seems to have helped his draft stock. He's still raw as a prospect, but thanks to his athleticism and instincts, his performance stacked up against many of the small forwards in DraftExpress' top 100 prospects: his D-League numbers ranked 4th in block rate, 5th in steal rate and 4th in assist rate among the group.

He was a below-average rebounder for his position and turnover-prone last season, but you can dream on his potential; given his bloodlines, it wouldn't be shocking to see him develop into an attacking wing who can move the ball, finish at the rim and defend like crazy in the right system.

Antetokounmpo is the second rookie the Knicks selected in the draft, thanks to a trade with the Mavericks in which they acquired Dallas's two second round picks.