Many people were excited when the New York Knicks drafted Thanasis Antetokounmpo in the second round this season.
But for those that were hoping to see the younger brother of Giannis in the NBA this season, it looks like they will have to wait.
With a full roster at the moment and a team that likely can’t contend this season, it makes sense to give Antetokounmpo some more time to develop outside of the NBA, so there is no chance that the Knicks will sign him.
If there was any chance New York would create another roster spot for Antetokounmpo, it disappeared with the deal that brought in Quincy Acy and Travis Outlaw.
Antetokounmpo is currently deciding between opportunities in Spain and Italy or heading to New York’s D-League affiliate in Westchester.
If he goes to Europe, he could get paid a much higher salary and get better experience.
But the Knicks might prefer him to be with its D-League affiliate in Westchester. That way they could monitor his development better.
Last year with the Delaware 87ers, Antetokounmpo averaged 12 points, four rebounds and two assists per game, shooting 47 percent from the field and 31 percent from behind the 3-point line.
He is expected to be an asset on the defensive end of the floor, but his offensive game still needs a great deal of time to develop.