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Kostas Antetokounmpo goes No. 60 to the Mavericks, via the Sixers

The NBA’s Antetokounmpo count has hit 2

NCAA Basketball: Dayton at St. Mary’s Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

With the final pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks (via the Philadelphia 76ers) took Kostas Antetokounmpo from Dayton.

The brother of Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo was taken 60th based off of potential, as he did not do much with the Flyers to warrant a spot on an NBA roster. He redshirted in 2016-17 then played 29 games this past season, starting six of them. His numbers were nothing special, with just 5.2 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest.

He did, however, show flashes of elite shot-blocking ability, posting a block rate of 8.3 percent in albeit limited time. At just 6’10, he has a wingspan of 7’2, and NBA scouts seem to think he has a high ceiling.

They’re probably right. Antetokounmpo will need some time, likely in the G-League, to get NBA-ready, but if he can bulk up, he has the tools to succeed. All indications are he impressed NBA scouts during pre-draft workouts, which is why this role player at Dayton is getting a shot at the highest level.