NBA Draft Combine Review: Kostas Antetokounmpo
AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris takes a look at Kostas Antetokounmpo’s rankings from this past weekend’s 2018 NBA Draft Combine in Chicago…
Kostas Antetokounmpo is hoping to join the likes of his two older brothers, Giannis and Thanasis, and become the third in his family to hear his name called on the night of the NBA Draft next month.
This past weekend, Kostas followed Thanasis’ footsteps and participated in the 2018 NBA Draft combine as one of 69 players invited to Chicago’s Quest Multisport for the four-day event.
Two of the top talents in this year’s draft were missing from the event as Luka Doncic took part in the EuroLeague Final Four with Real Madrid, while Deandre Ayton (University of Arizona) declined an invitation to participate.
After working out for NBA teams like the Toronto Raptors, Antetokounmpo looked towards the combine in hopes of improving his draft stock after a turbulent season with the University of Dayton.
The 69 participants at this year’s combine began by having their general measurements taken and most went on to participate in a number of strength and agility drills, positional skill work, as well as five-on-five competitions.
While it remains unclear just how much Antetokounmpo’s draft stock was impacted by this weekend’s performance at the combine, the 20-year-old could be seen by some NBA teams as an outside chance to follow in the footsteps of his brother Giannis due to his athleticism.
Although there are exceptions, the combine mainly focuses on players who played for a college team in the United States during the past season; thus, Greece’s other representatives in the 2018 NBA Draft -- Vassilis Charalampopoulos (PAOK), Georgios Kalaitzakis (Panathinaikos), and Antonis Koniaris (PAOK) -- were not extended invitations.
NBA Draft Combine 2018: Kostas Antetokounmpo’s stats and rankings
|Category||Performance/Rating||Ranking (Forwards)||Ranking (Overall)|
|Standing Reach||9’ 2’||1st||7th|
|Height w/o Shoes||6” 9’||5th||9th|
|Standing Vertical Leap||29.5 inches||T-7th||27th|
|Max Vertical Leap||35.0 inches||11th||T-30th|
|Shuttle Run||3.47 seconds||23rd||54th|
|Lane Agility||12.40 seconds||24th||54th|
|Three Quarter Sprint||3.21 seconds||T-12th||T-34th|
|NBA Break Left Shooting %||20.00%||T-16th||T-38th|
|NBA Break Right Shooting %||60.00%||T-3rd||T-12th|
|NBA Corner Left Shooting %||40.00%||T-11th||T-27th|
|NBA Corner Right Shooting %||80.00%||T-1st||T-3rd|
|NBA Top Key Shooting %||60.00%||T-8th||T-19th|
|On the Move Fifteen Shooting %||50.00%||T-11th||T-30th
NOTE: Results are slightly skewed since not all participants recorded a measurement/rating for each category.