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Bucks draft Greek teen

Milwaukee Bucks logo.
Milwaukee Bucks logo.

The Milwaukee Bucks really drafted for the future Thursday night by selecting Giannis Antetokounmpo, an 18 year old forward from Greece.  General Manager John Hammond took the 6-9, 210 pound forward with the 15th overall choice.   Even though the Bucks had glaring needs at guard with Monta Ellis and J.J. Redick becoming unrestricted free agents next week and Brandon Jennings a restricted free agent, Hammond selected the teenager who averaged 9.5 points and 5 rebounds a game for Filathlitkos, a second division team in Greece.  Hammond said, "If it were about need and being safe, we'd take the backcourt pick."  Hammond added, "This was about taking the best player on the board." Similar in frame to Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Antetokounmpo caught the eyes of NBA scouts over the winter with an up tempo, slashing style of play.   In the second round, Milwaukee took guard Rickey Ledo of Providence at number 43 but traded the 6-6 guard's rights to Dallas.  The Bucks wound up getting Nate Wolters, a 6-5 shooting guard who averaged over 20 points a game for South Dakota State last season.  He was originally selected by the Washington Wizards.

Wisconsin hopefuls went undrafted.  Vander Blue of Marquette and Jarred Berggren of Wisconsin will try and hook on with NBA teams as free agents.