Antetokounmpo a bright spot in Bucks' tough year

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2014 at 3:13 pm •  Published: January 23, 2014

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) — The Bucks' first-round draft pick this year is standing out for more than just his tricky name.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAHN-iss ah-deh-toh-KOON-boh) has been bright spot in the first half of what's otherwise been a tough season so far in Milwaukee.

The Bucks have the worst record in the NBA at 8-33. They've been beset by injuries, especially earlier in the season.

That's opened up more playing time for Antetokounmpo, the 19-year-old rookie from Greece. Through 36 games, Antetokounmpo is averaging 7.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Coach Larry Drew especially likes how the 6-foot-9 forward adds a burst of energy on the court.

Drew says Antetokounmpo has a ways to go in his development, though he likes the progress he's made in his rookie year.