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View Poll Results: Will he or won't he get drafted?
Yes, he has the talent and upside to offset the risk of wasting a pick 32 30.77%
No, because there are 60+ better players 34 32.69%
Yes, but only because of his name 29 27.88%
No, because his attitude and maturity are lacking 9 8.65%
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Will Kostas Antentumpkdusypemkfhuyupo get drafted?

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I voted #1, but only because I could not vote #1/3. If Lew Alcindor had a younger 6"11" brother with good promise, but underdeveloped, someone would have taken chance on him.
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I voted #1, but only because I could not vote #1/3. If Lew Alcindor had a younger 6"11" brother with good promise, but underdeveloped, someone would have taken chance on him.
You’re right- and that someone likely would have been John Wooden. And he would have gone on to greatness. Had wooden coached Kostas, he would never seen another minute after his first technical for trash talking.
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Good poll. I believe 3 and 4 are incorrect answers.


If he does not get drafted it will be because there are 60+ better players. In a world where Johnny Manziel gets drafted, attitude and immaturity are not keeping someone from getting drafted. Legal troubles..maybe, but not attitude and immaturity.


If he gets drafted it will not be "solely" because his last name. If he was under 6' tall and slow it wouldn't matter what his last name was. If he gets drafted it will be because of his "talent and upside"...a big part of that upside IS his last name, but the talent part is needed to at least get in the discussion. Nobody gets drafted "solely" on last name, but it is a factor.


I voted for #2, but am hoping he gets drafted. Heck, I root for Andre Iguodala and rooted Antonio Daniels just because their brother went to UD. I will certainly root for a former UD player even if they didn't have a great career here.
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SF99, when I first typed the Poll, I only included 2 options 'Yes' and 'No' and just before I hit the 'post poll' button, I remembered how finicky, moody, entitled, curious and perfect my fans, followers, minions and wannabees can be, so I decided to break down the Yes/No options to include some basic reasoning. I darn near made 6 options of 3 Yes and 3 No, but that would have watered down the reasoning and I made the Royal decision to keep it at 4. Is it perfect? No. But I am, so I hit the 'post' button.

I have mixed feelings about Kostas getting drafted. The Flyer in me hopes he does and it helps our image/recruiting. The coach/competitor in me hopes he doesn't because it sends the message that you can have a crappy attitude, not work hard, ignore coaching and you can still reach great heights.

Had he stayed at UD for 2018-19 and then taken a shot at the NBA, he'd have 100% of my support. But I just don't like the (lack of) effort he gave UD in the short time he was here...academically and athletically.

Ultimately, I hope he makes an NBA roster at some point. I don't think he's a puck-*ss loser like #35 and the twin terrors, so I don't harbor any anger toward him. Just disappointment that he didn't give us all he had knowing both parties would have benefitted greatly from a little more focus.

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I agree completely Rollo. He has left us with the unsettling feeling of "what could have been". If he had worked hard, fully bought in to the program and coaches, and stayed 1 more year...I believe he would have been a success and one of the all-time fan favorites.
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I agree completely Rollo. He has left us with the unsettling feeling of "what could have been". If he had worked hard, fully bought in to the program and coaches, and stayed 1 more year...I believe he would have been a success and one of the all-time fan favorites.
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For one reason or another, 37 fans think he will be drafted. Which basically means they give him a shot.

As far as number 2, never in the history of the draft have the best 60 players been selected in the first 60 picks.
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Thanks Rollo. This is a "major award". I am almost as excited as the dad in Christmas Story was when he won the leg lamp.
You should be honored...and welcome to the 1%! I'll teach you the secret handshake later. It goes something like this...

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This analysis has him slotted at #31
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This analysis has him slotted at #31
http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...ft-projections
From the link:

"Kostas is an efficient scorer and elite shot-blocker; perhaps he'll also end up a late bloomer like his older brother, Giannis."

"late bloomer"? Giannis? He lots of things but one he's not is a 'late bloomer'! Talk about Fake News...

At 19 he averaged 6.8 pts and 4.4 rbs in the NBA!
At 19, Kostas was a redshirt at UD.

At 20, Giannis averaged 12.7 pts/6.7 rbs...
At 20, Kostas averaged 5.2 pts/2.9 rbs for UD

At 21, Giannis averaged 16.9 pts/7.7 rbs...
At 21, Kostas is TBD.

At 23, the royal late bloomer - Giannis - is arguably a Top 5 NBA talent. What G-League team will employ Kostas when he's 23 and on the verge of budding (which for the uninitiated is what happens before blooming)?


How on rollo's green earth can Giannis be considered a late bloomer?

Dennis Rodman was a late bloomer.
JJ Reddick is a late bloomer...
Kyle Korver is a late bloomer...

Kostas might become a late bloomer, and if he does it 100% won't be 'like his older brother'...

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This analysis has him slotted at #31
http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/2...ft-projections
They are giving him a 76% chance of having a role in the NBA (All-Star, Starter, Role Player).

I think I've been one of the more "pro-Kostas" folks here the last few months...and 76% seems waaaaaaaaay too high. I would have put it at 30% - 40% tops. Still worth a late round pick.

I'm not even sure 1st round picks have a 76% success rate...
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From the link:

"Kostas is an efficient scorer and elite shot-blocker;
I'm having trouble just wrapping my head around this!

Did he block shots? Yup. Elite? Unless they changed the definition...uh, not yet. He had more turnovers than blocks!

Scorer? Hmmm...5.3ppg. Perhaps since he avg'd just 15 mins/game.

And let's not forget those 3 rebs/game.
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Yes = 46
No = 38

6 more days of voting...
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Yes = 50
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The Draft is Thursday...
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Kostas' chances in the draft have never been about stats. It's about all the peripheral things that would influence a GM to take a "flyer" based on size, heritage, age and potential.

You know how I despise the word "lock", but I give Kostas a 50/50 chance this week.
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I think his chances are better than 50/50. He has really high upside. Most of the players who get drafted in the second round will either not play in the NBA or play at a replacement-level. Kostas has a chance to be a star... maybe unlikely and a long way to go. But why draft someone else who won't be better than the best G-League player when you could go for someone who has a chance to make an impact? Some team will think that way. #31 seems high, though. My guess is #45-50.
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Unfortunately, I give KA about a 1% chance of getting drafted. I'm sorry, I just do not see this happening at all. There are so many great players that he is competing against, the competition is fierce. He needs a lot more seasoning.

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Unfortunately, I give KA about a 1% chance of getting drafted. I'm sorry, I just do not see this happening at all. There are so many great players that he is competing against, the competition is fierce. He needs a lot more seasoning.
I know the NBA seems to draft players based on "potential", but when I see what Chris Wright did at UD, factor in CW's shortcomings vs what he brought game in and game out, shear athleticism, etc...then compare those accomplishments to what KA "did" at UD....based on what they both displayed... No way in h3ll does KA get a 2nd round draft pick.

But he does have that long last name and I suppose that is worth something.
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An article in today’s DDN (from the wire; not Jablonski or Archdeacon) about KA and his draft prospects. Generally pretty well-balanced, but I threw-up in my mouth a little when I saw a quote from KA saying NBA teams would be impressed with how hard he works on his game.

Uh...they might want to ask CAG about that. Just saying, “caveat emptor”.
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An article in today’s DDN (from the wire; not Jablonski or Archdeacon) about KA and his draft prospects. Generally pretty well-balanced, but I threw-up in my mouth a little when I saw a quote from KA saying NBA teams would be impressed with how hard he works on his game.

Uh...they might want to ask CAG about that. Just saying, “caveat emptor”.
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Not sure he's not accurate on that statement. He probably was working on "his" game, it's just that "his" game may not have been the game Grant wanted him to be working on. Having a mis-alignment on vision of your role isn't necessarily uncommon and can lead to friction. I'm sure in his mind, he was working on the things he believed would help him prep for NBA and not necessarily what would help him with UD.
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Not sure he's not accurate on that statement. He probably was working on "his" game, it's just that "his" game may not have been the game Grant wanted him to be working on. Having a mis-alignment on vision of your role isn't necessarily uncommon and can lead to friction. I'm sure in his mind, he was working on the things he believed would help him prep for NBA and not necessarily what would help him with UD.
Well, if he was working on his 3-pointers, FTs, leadership or strength, he gets a royal 'F'.
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Well, if he was working on his 3-pointers, FTs, leadership or strength, he gets a royal 'F'.

Unfair. Think how bad he would have been if he had NOT been working on those things. Comparatively he did excellent.
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He might have been honing his skills in NBA2K17. I mean, nothing prepares you for the NBA like EA Sports.
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If Kostas was working hard the last two years, then he really does not have much talent, and is all size, span, speed and last name.
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I don't think anyone in the NBA is kidding themselves over what he is. And nobody is wasting a pick based on a last name. There is potential there, and a late 2nd round pick is a good time to get the rights to that potential. Little to no risk for the team. Send him away for a couple of years and see what happens. Here is the blurb from Sports Illustrated (they have him going 56th):

Giannis’s younger brother (obviously) seems likely to be drafted in the second round, with the added factor that he can play overseas to develop for a couple years given his Greek passport if he agrees to it. He has serious athletic tools, but a highly questionable feel for the game that limits his upside.

Seems pretty accurate.
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https://basketball.realgm.com/ncaa/c...n/16/nba-draft


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Tonight's the night. I'll be watching (of course, I watch every year, so nothing new there)

I asked Jeeves for all of the two round mocks out there and grabbed the first handful the search returned. By no means a scientific study.

Looking at 11 mock drafts, 9 of the 11 have Kostas being drafted (the holdouts being NBADraft.net which is my personal favorite and Walter Football - he also does basketball!)

The interesting thing is that of the 9 saying he will be drafted, they have a ceiling of the 54th pick and a floor of the 59th pick. Which means either these guys know something, or we have a serious case of "group think" on our hands. So if nothing else, this tells me that if you only want to tune in tonight to see if he gets drafted, there is like a 20 minute window you need to watch.

I'm going on record with 55 to the Hornets. He then spends 2 years in the G league. After that he gets his call up and limited minutes off the bench. What happens after that? Almost anything is a possibility. If you put odds on him being an All Star in 8 years or selling hot dogs at Bucks games, probably the same odds.
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If you put odds on him being an All Star in 8 years or selling hot dogs at Bucks games, probably the same odds.
I don't know about that, the Bucks are very very selective when hiring vendors.
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Not drafted, he might be great someday.
But there are so many so far more developed.
He made big mistake leaving with 3 yrs left.
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The interesting thing is that of the 9 saying he will be drafted, they have a ceiling of the 54th pick and a floor of the 59th pick. Which means either these guys know something, or we have a serious case of "group think" on our hands. So if nothing else, this tells me that if you only want to tune in tonight to see if he gets drafted, there is like a 20 minute window you need to watch.
7pm to 11pm on ESPN, seems like it usually runs past 11...teams have less time on the clock in round 2 IINM.
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I agree someone takes a chance and his name is called. My guess is mid 50's.
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I say he goes somewhere between 54 and 60, to a team seemingly on the upswing, like the 76ers, who already have a good, young core, and don’t need immediate help,
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yeah, I don't know where the Twitter post had Mavs at #60 unless they traded the pick but yes, 76ers
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Unfortunately, I give KA about a 1% chance of getting drafted. I'm sorry, I just do not see this happening at all. There are so many great players that he is competing against, the competition is fierce. He needs a lot more seasoning.
I'm not going to say you were wrong, but somebody had to be in the 1%. Fate.
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I had that exact same thought last night.

The crow is a little salty.

Good luck to Kostas, I wish him the best.



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On ESPN2, Fran Fraschilla was able to use his classic line in describing Kostas...

"He's a couple years away from being a couple years away."
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He got selected #60 based soley on his last name big brother accomplishment. If his last name was Smith he wouldn’t have been selected.
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His brother/name may have helped but its not like it was the only reason he got drafted. He has traits that NBA teams desire, length, leaping ability, he can put the ball on the floor a bit for a man his height, etc... He has a long way to go in order to compete on the NBA level, but for a league that routinely drafts and stashes players in the 2nd round, and is just figuring out how to use the G-League as a real minor league development system a team could do a lot worse than draft a kid with the kind of God-given abilities that Kostas has. Its a "lottery ticket" for sure, and one that comes with the added benefit of providing that extra "chip on the table" when Giannis hits free agency in a couple of seasons.


At the end of the day, a player for UD got drafted for the first time in a "longggggggg" time. If he was helping work the basketball camp last week as someone posted, then there can't be that bad of blood between he and the coaching staff. Be happy for him and the program, wish him well and perhaps if he finds success, no matter how small some deem the possibility, it will reflect well on UD and CAG down the road.
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His brother/name may have helped but its not like it was the only reason he got drafted. He has traits that NBA teams desire, length, leaping ability, he can put the ball on the floor a bit for a man his height, etc... He has a long way to go in order to compete on the NBA level, but for a league that routinely drafts and stashes players in the 2nd round, and is just figuring out how to use the G-League as a real minor league development system a team could do a lot worse than draft a kid with the kind of God-given abilities that Kostas has. Its a "lottery ticket" for sure, and one that comes with the added benefit of providing that extra "chip on the table" when Giannis hits free agency in a couple of seasons.


At the end of the day, a player for UD got drafted for the first time in a "longggggggg" time. If he was helping work the basketball camp last week as someone posted, then there can't be that bad of blood between he and the coaching staff. Be happy for him and the program, wish him well and perhaps if he finds success, no matter how small some deem the possibility, it will reflect well on UD and CAG down the road.
Poppycock. Those traits are rationalizations for drafting him, not why he was drafted. He was drafted because of his name. Period. There are literally thousands of better and more deserving players out there. He is a bench warmer from a mediocre (at best) A10 team.

I'm as happy as anyone that he was drafted and I hope he becomes a perennial all-star, but that doesn't mean we have to play pretend.
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It may have been a big reason, but lets not act like if I changed my last night to Jordan I'd get drafted anytime soon. There are a ton of players who put up much better numbers, for much better teams, but many of those players don't have the length, athletic combo to succeed in the NBA at any point. I love what Josh Cunningham brings to the Flyers, and wouldn't trade his production next year for whatever Kostas would have provided for the Flyers next year, but Josh's body type, and athletic ability leave very, very little chance of working against NBA players.



Kostas already has the height, leaping ability and length that are needed to impact the game. If he had Josh's strenth and work ethic, he'd be a shoe in. Its a gamble, but that is typical of many late 2nd round NBA picks. How many euro's have been drafted, stashed overseas and never see an NBA arena because they don't develop like they hoped. With the G-League and what it has morhped into, there is a much better path for NBA teams to take a risk on a kid with the unteachable skills that Kostas has and hope that they can develop the teachable aspects of the game and turn him into a useful NBA player.


So perhaps there are a 1,000 kids who put up better stats, perhaps worked harder, perhaps cared about their education more, there are not 1,000 draft eligible kids with a better shot at sticking to an NBA roster some day no matter their last name. At the end of the day, size and athletic ability matter a ton in the NBA. The NBA doesn't care about what you did in college, nor who hard you studied (to an extent) they care about what they think they can mold you into over the next 2-3 seasons.
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Poppycock. Those traits are rationalizations for drafting him, not why he was drafted. He was drafted because of his name. Period.
If all you need is the right name why wasn't Jeffrey Jordan drafted?
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What a buzz-killer. I predict that this will not be the last buzz that you'll kill.
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What does the * mean? Not a senior?
Only other player on that list with a * is Johnny Davis. It must mean left college before exhausting their eligibility.

What I don't understand is why Steve's name is on there for 2019. He would have been a senior eligibility wise this academic year, and they have JR. And why do they have FL Gulf Coast listed at his school??
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Crossed my mind earlier today that Kostas might not have even liked that he was drafted at #60.

Were the Bucks ready to sign him if he went undrafted? If so, wouldn't that have been preferable?

If the Bucks weren't planning on signing him, now that would be telling.
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Crossed my mind earlier today that Kostas might not have even liked that he was drafted at #60.
I totally believe his agents were working the phones and would not have been worried if he had not been drafted. He would have been in somebody's camp. Would he have made their squad? Anybody's guess.
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Crossed my mind earlier today that Kostas might not have even liked that he was drafted at #60.

Were the Bucks ready to sign him if he went undrafted? If so, wouldn't that have been preferable?

If the Bucks weren't planning on signing him, now that would be telling.
Video of Giannis and Kostas posted by Giannis after the selection. Seems pretty happy to me.
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It may have been a big reason, but lets not act like if I changed my last night to Jordan I'd get drafted anytime soon. There are a ton of players who put up much better numbers, for much better teams, but many of those players don't have the length, athletic combo to succeed in the NBA at any point.

Odessa Junior College has 3 guys on the roster 6'11" or taller.


Now, I'm not saying any of the 3 have the length / athletic combo. I'm saying it ain't THAT hard to find length / athletic combo when you have the whole world to pick from, and you're only searching to 2 attributes.


If you want length / athletic / strong / can shoot / can avoid fouling once a minute, it gets much harder. If you think you can teach shooting and defense to KA but can't compensate for someone else's athletic ability who can shoot, I'd say KA is a perfectly good draft pick.


I'm not rooting against him (I'm indifferent), but he's got a long way to go.
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Odessa Junior College has 3 guys on the roster 6'11" or taller.


Now, I'm not saying any of the 3 have the length / athletic combo. I'm saying it ain't THAT hard to find length / athletic combo when you have the whole world to pick from, and you're only searching to 2 attributes.


If you want length / athletic / strong / can shoot / can avoid fouling once a minute, it gets much harder. If you think you can teach shooting and defense to KA but can't compensate for someone else's athletic ability who can shoot, I'd say KA is a perfectly good draft pick.


I'm not rooting against him (I'm indifferent), but he's got a long way to go.
Disagree that finding that height and athleticism isn't that hard. That's why Kostas was drafted

the vast, vast majority of big guys have Matt Cooper or worse athleticism
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There are players who are solid upon arriving like Ayton and Bagley and some others. Then there are others who have greater or higher ceiling, and aren't super solid or near that at draft time.

I think Kostas falls into that high ceiling , just like the Knicks Knox picks. (Say that 5 times fast!). The issue is how quickly and can he reach into the higher stratosphere.

He also has the advantage of playing pickup with NBA'ers with his brother the last 2 to 3 years in the offseason. Personally , I think it's 50-50 he makea a contrib in the next 2 to 3 years to a team.

With length and his pedigree, his position is the only one (6 9" and taller big) where those things matter. Most guards have to "earn their way" - brother or not.
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Personally , I think it's 50-50 he makea a contrib in the next 2 to 3 years to a team.
I'm thinking 50/50 that he makes a team in 2-3 years.

I'll say longer than 2 years with worse odds at actually contributing. (I'll define contributing as being in the rotation most every night he's healthy.)

I have to say that I'm rooting for him a little harder after hearing he was participating at one of our camps recently.
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Poppycock. Those traits are rationalizations for drafting him, not why he was drafted. He was drafted because of his name. Period.
Because with millions of dollars at stake, NBA teams love to waste draft picks on players they know aren't any good because of his name...

He has physical tools that are rare. Is it a family trait? It is. But he has it. now he just has to learn to play basketball - and the Mavs think they can teach him. If they didn't, they would not have drafted him. Period.
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Because with millions of dollars at stake, NBA teams love to waste draft picks on players they know aren't any good because of his name...

He has physical tools that are rare. Is it a family trait? It is. But he has it. now he just has to learn to play basketball - and the Mavs think they can teach him. If they didn't, they would not have drafted him. Period.

Sure, he has some physical tools, but so do a lot of players around the world. Do you really think he would have been drafted if he had a different last name? I doubt it. The guy averaged 5 points a game off the bench for UD. They probably wouldn't even know who he was if he had a different last name. He has some physical tools, some potential, and a great last name.
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Everybody treats the last name as a negative thing. If I’m an nba team I look heavily into this as you’re always wanting to know how a player is going to develop physically. With Kostas you already have insight into what his genetics will give him the potential to develop into so yes I do draft this kid because of his name in a positive way because there is already a prediction advantage.
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Cuban can invest in KA in hopes he has what Giannis has. But I think one important point is never factored into the equation. One brother has what it takes to play in the NBA. What’s forgotten is another brother did not. I don’t consider two games an NBA success story.

Time will tell if KA can develop or not. He is not ready today.
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I predicted the Mavs would take Kostas. They have done this before. And one reason it made sense is because they also drafted Barry Larkin, oops, I mean Shane Larkin (with the help of Atlanta). Point is, in the insanely rich NBA names count. We shouldn't blame it on the offspring. His career NBA stats mirror what KA did at Dayton last season. Go Figure.

And acutally there is a 5 minute highlight of Kostas' best shots of the season, and even though it might have been against the Washington Generals it is impressive to see his speed down the court and his contorted finishes like a rubber man. The draftors are armed with some clips that trump common sense if you're bending in that direction to start with.

I think Kostas will have the same opportunity Larkin had. It remains to be seen what he will do with it.
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I predicted the Mavs would take Kostas. They have done this before. And one reason it made sense is because they also drafted Barry Larkin, oops, I mean Shane Larkin (with the help of Atlanta). Point is, in the insanely rich NBA names count. We shouldn't blame it on the offspring. His career NBA stats mirror what KA did at Dayton last season. Go Figure.

I think Kostas will have the same opportunity Larkin had. It remains to be seen what he will do with it.
Yeah, but Larkin was a first rounder with a guaranteed contract, the team had a lot more invested in him than they will invest in KA, thus Larkin got/will get more of a chance to prove himself than KA will.
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Cuban can invest in KA in hopes he has what Giannis has. But I think one important point is never factored into the equation. One brother has what it takes to play in the NBA. What’s forgotten is another brother did not. I don’t consider two games an NBA success story.

Time will tell if KA can develop or not. He is not ready today.
Thanasis is also 4-5 inches shorter than his brothers.
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Yeah, but Larkin was a first rounder with a guaranteed contract, the team had a lot more invested in him than they will invest in KA, thus Larkin got/will get more of a chance to prove himself than KA will.
I'm not sure what your logic is. The Mavs were stuck with a horrible mid-first round pick AND with a guaranteed pile of money. It only took them one year to figure it out. Larkin has done nothing in 5 years with 5 teams including playing one year for Bastonia. Total bust to date.
He is about out of chances.
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Shane Larkin has raked in 6 million dollars in 4 years in the NBA.
http://www.spotrac.com/nba/boston-ce...cash-earnings/

Being a bust is one heck of a pile of cash in the NBA
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Shane Larkin has raked in 6 million dollars in 4 years in the NBA.
http://www.spotrac.com/nba/boston-ce...cash-earnings/

Being a bust is one heck of a pile of cash in the NBA
Well, that simply is a condemnation of all pro sports today. Tons of TV money is being sprinkled over marginally talented athletes for an obscene number of years that is, TADAA,
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The Larkin name has served him well. Kostas may reap the same, much to the chagrin of his detractors.

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I'm not sure what your logic is. The Mavs were stuck with a horrible mid-first round pick AND with a guaranteed pile of money. It only took them one year to figure it out. Larkin has done nothing in 5 years with 5 teams including playing one year for Bastonia. Total bust to date.
He is about out of chances.
The point is that I think your example is not relevant. You are equating Larkin with KA. They are 2 completely different situations. The only similarity is having famous last names.

Larkin was a concensus mid-first round pick per the experts and the mock drafts, it was not a reach to draft Larkin in the mid-first round, he deserved to be a mid-first round pick: ACC POY, 2nd team All-American.

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You are equating Larkin with KA. They are 2 completely different situations. The only similarity is having famous last names.
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Their celeb names are exactly my point. The experts were wrong on Larkin. During and after his initial contract he showed very little. His name carried him to 5 years. Maybe if his name was Shane Antetokounmpo he would get another 5. My point is names count for more than they should, whether it be the initial draft, contract, or extension. The name can buy time and money.

But it's also wrong to blame the kid. It's a sports phenomenon.
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There are plenty of brothers and sons of star athletes that don't get drafted or placed on teams. They just don't hit everyone's radar like the ones that do.

You either have the goods or you don't. Kostas was arguably the most gifted athlete in this draft along with Lonnie Walker and Zhaire Smith.

Raw, yes. But he has things you can't "coach up".

Shane Larkin was a legitimate big-time stud in college. The success rate on mid first rounders turning into stars isn't terribly high. Donovan Mitchell is the exception, not the rule. Shane's potential achilles heel was always lack of size, not being over-hyped because of last name.

If the Mavs drafted Kostas because of his last name, I believe it was with an eye on luring Giannis in free agency down the road. And that would only make sense if they thought Kostas could be on the team at that time.
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I stand corrected. Good luck Kostas.
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Their celeb names are exactly my point. The experts were wrong on Larkin. During and after his initial contract he showed very little. His name carried him to 5 years. Maybe if his name was Shane Antetokounmpo he would get another 5. My point is names count for more than they should, whether it be the initial draft, contract, or extension. The name can buy time and money.

But it's also wrong to blame the kid. It's a sports phenomenon.
Shane Larkin didn't get 5 years in the league because his dad was a good shortstop 20 years ago. I suppose next your're going to tell me all of the ACC coaches voted him ACC player of the year as a Sophomore because they are all huge Reds fans.

Teams bring him in because they think he can play a role with them. It isn't more complicated than that.

Did Kostas get more attention going into college because of his last name? Absolutely.

Did Kostas get a combine invite because of his last name? Sure seems like it.

Did he get drafted because of his last name? No. Teams aren't in the business of wasting draft assets because they like a guys name. They knew they were drafting something you can't teach. They are hoping they can teach him the rest.
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Did he get drafted because of his last name? No. Teams aren't in the business of wasting draft assets because they like a guys name. They knew they were drafting something you can't teach. They are hoping they can teach him the rest.
That is total BS. The scales tipped his direction on the 60th and last pick solely because Donnie Nelson could look at films of Giannis Antetokounmpo when he entered the NBA at a tender age and dream of what could be with a non-guaranteed contract for his brother. Period. The name was the clincher at #60. Cuban is no dummy.

It's the sole reason no one was fighting over him for the first 59 picks.
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That is total BS. The scales tipped his direction on the 60th and last pick solely because Donnie Nelson could look at films of Giannis Antetokounmpo when he entered the NBA at a tender age and dream of what could be with a non-guaranteed contract for his brother. Period. The name was the clincher at #60. Cuban is no dummy.

It's the sole reason no one was fighting over him for the first 59 picks.
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And the last paragraph debunks SDF's theory. The whole thing only works if Kostas is on the team in 3 years.

Which, if he is, that's a steal at #60.

If he's not, then the whole theory is garbage.


Here is that paragraph:

"Of course, Giannis is not eligible to become a free agent until 2021, which casts some doubt on if Kostas will still be on the team by then (since second-round picks are not bound by rookie scale contracts like first-rounders are). However, the 20-year-old big has wild upside (not to mention wild physical attributes), so the Mavs have incentive to keep him around on multiple fronts."
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I think that writer ran out of catchy stories. Signing Kostas for three years so brothers can play together is lunacy.
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I think that writer ran out of catchy stories. Signing Kostas for three years so brothers can play together is lunacy.
Exactly - which is why the theory that they drafted him to get his brother down the road doesn't make sense.

The only way it does make sense is if he is on the team in 3 years - in which case - great pick at #60.
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