Jason Kidd: Giannis Could Be a Combination of LeBron and Dirk

Giannis Antetokounmpo turned 22 today, and his coach thinks he could someday be considered as some kind of LeBron James-Dirk Nowitzki hybrid.

Jason Kidd is very excited about what the future holds for the Greek Freak.

Antetokounmpo could be the first Milwaukee Buck to play in the NBA All-Star Game since Michael Redd back in 2004.


“Having being around some of the best in the world in LeBron (James) and Dirk (Nowitzki),” Kidd said referencing former Team USA and Dallas Mavericks teammates, “wouldn’t it be cool to have those two combined as one player? Maybe that could happen.”


When he started to get interested in the game as a teenager after his older brother, Knicks prospect Thanasis, started playing, Antetokounmpo found himself drawn to YouTube highlights of Magic Johnson, Scottie Pippen and Allen Iverson. The way he passes, defends and plays with passion, you can see bits of all of them.


“I want to make great plays. It can be blocking a shot, it can be passing to an open teammate or dunking. Just great plays,” he said. “That’s what makes me excited.”