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.