Milwaukee Bucks Swiss Army Knife Giannis Antetokounmpo is one of the most versatile players in the league, and Bucks head coach Jason Kidd said Thursday the Greek Freak could spend time at all five positions this season, according to Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Antetokounmpo typically plays either on the wing or as a power forward, and he can be a matchup nightmare thanks to his blend of skills, athleticism and length. The 20-year-old will likely begin the season as the starting power forward as Jabari Parker continues to recover from a torn ACL, and then Antetokounmpo will slide down to small forward when Parker returns.
However, Kidd won’t hesitate to use Antetokounmpo at the other positions as well as the Bucks embrace positionless basketball. The youngster has been working on his outside shot, which would help make him more successful as a guard. His numbers this preseason haven’t been all that impressive, but he has taken five threes (making three) over the last two preseason games.
Antetokounmpo will play the point and center more sparingly, although using him and his increased strength as a 5 in small lineups is very enticing. The point-guard thing is a bigger question mark, and it’s probably best to use him more as an occasional primary ball handler rather than a full-blown point guard.