Many people I believe gave New York Knicks team president Phil Jackson a little too much credit for his first draft as there is a very good chance that two of the Knicks three draft picks won’t contribute at all, with one likely to never see the NBA.
If anyone thought Thanasis Antetokounmpo would contribute this season, it is time to think again.
As expected, it looks like the Knicks will stash Antetokounmpo in Europe for the upcoming season, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
Antetokounmpo will play in the Vegas Summer League for the Knicks, but even if he has a strong Summer League, the Knicks plan was to stash him in Europe all along.
That makes sense as while there is a lot to like about Antetokounmpo at the defensive end of the floor, there is just as much not to like about him at the offensive end of the floor. A year playing overseas is likely a smart move by the Knicks, one they hope pays off with a player that contains a ton of question marks.
He played last season in the D-League with the Delaware franchise, averaging 12 points and four rebounds, but needs a lot more seasoning as a player, something that would be easier to gain overseas instead of in the NBA.
It is worth noting that neither the Knicks nor Antetokounmpo have confirmed the news, but it is a move that is likely to happen.
The Knicks have their first Summer League practice on Tuesday in Vegas.