Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has claimed that moving him to the point guard position from the forward spot wasn’t a risk.
The Bucks have a .500% record so far this season, with the ‘Greek Freak’ proving one of the team’s most important players.
He claims that having been moved to the point guard wasn’t a big risk by his coach, Jason Kidd.
“I’m not going to say it was a gamble from Coach because I think my teammates and the coaching staff did know that I’m really good in playmaking.
“So at first they were thinking to put me in a spot that I can playmake and make plays for my teammates. But I think it makes it a lot easier with my teammates because they just believe in me and they gave me a lot of confidence and they helped me on a daily basis to feel comfortable in the new spot.
“Through the summer, I just had to do what I had to do to get better in the spot and get more comfortable in the spot and be ready for this season.”
When asked about the current labelling of the positions on the basketball court, Antetokounmpo was quick to shoot down the idea of being locked into any kind of spot.
“Basketball right now – we cannot label the position because a lot of players can do a lot of things. Like Marc Gasol. Marc Gasol is one of the best players playmaking in this league. For me, he’s a point center. He can playmake.
“My job right now is playmaking. I don’t label myself as a point guard, point forward. I just have the ball in my hands and just playmake. Basketball now is moving, and this generation of basketball now has no positions. A lot of people can do different things.
“So I think if J-Kidd didn’t have this crazy idea of putting me in the point guard, I’d still go and do the same thing.
“I’d still have the ball in my hands and playmake. And I think the league is moving forward to positionless players, players that can do a lot of things.
“So that’s good because now you can see a lot of players, even the centers, going out to the three-point line shooting threes. And that’s nice, because I feel like that’s how we’re supposed to play the game. A lot of people can do a lot of things.”
The 21-year-old has been in phenomenal form to start this season, averaging 21.3ppg and 8.2rpg. However, he believes that his team as a whole that deserve praise.
“I think as an organization we are on the right path. We’re just getting better.
“Every summer, Coach, I think, has added the right pieces in the team. Jabari Parker is getting better. Khris Middleton is getting better. I’m getting better.
“Everybody on the team, as a team, we’re getting better.
“For me, I think I have to step up and lead this team and try to do whatever it takes to win. We are all here to win, and we know our future is going to be bright.”
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