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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Secret Weapon (Part 2)

Part 2 examines Antetokounmpo’s passing ability in the pick-and-roll

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Part 1 examined Giannis Antetokounmpo’s ability to score following a ball screen where he’s one of the most dangerous pick-and-roll ball-handlers in the entire NBA. Part 2 (this video) takes a look at how he performs as a passer in these types of situations.

Fortunately for the Milwaukee Bucks, Antetokounmpo is just as good if not more dangerous as a passer. According to Synergy he averages 1.135 points per possession (PPP) when he passes compared to 1.035 when he takes it himself. Even better, Antetokounmpo and the Bucks average 1.326 PPP when he finds a spot-up shooter.

In this video, I examine:

  • How often Antetokounmpo passes out of a pick-and-roll.
  • The attention he receives from the defense when a ball screen is set.
  • The intentionality head coach Mike Budenholzer designs his offense with in order to maximize these play types.
  • Another reason why the Bucks love to have their guards set the screens in this offense.
  • The “flare and flavor” Antetokounmpo is beginning to put on his passes.

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