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Giannis Antetokounmpo drives for the dunk against Nets (VIDEO)

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo poses for a picture during the team’s media day Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in St. Francis, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


Giannis Antetokounmpo was largely a mystery heading into the draft, thanks to playing internationally where few ever got the chance to see him in person.

When I was in Italy for adidas Eurocamp this past summer, he was playing a game in a half-empty gym about a 45-minute drive from where we were in Treviso, and plenty of NBA scouts and general managers made the trek to try to get a glimpse of him in the flesh.

(Not me -- I opted for the tiramisu at an amazing spot downtown.)

The point here is that the Bucks took a chance, and are beginning to reap the rewards. Giannis is proving to be a rare athletic talent, and showed it on this play against the Nets, where the big man looked like a skilled wing player in putting the ball on the floor and effortlessly driving to the basket for the easy slam dunk.