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Giannis Antetokounmpo as Bucks point guard: Buy or sell?

We weigh in on the idea of Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo becoming a point guard in the latest Brew Hoop podcast.

Jason Miller

The NBA's so-called positional revolution has fallen short of eliminating traditional roles and responsibilities in lineups, but Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo is the type of player who blurs the lines separating big men from guards and keeps the dream of a deeper revolution alive. He is blessed with the length of a center, the quickness of a swingman, and the vision of a guard. Giannis flashes a broad skill set that is altogether intoxicating, yet it's still difficult to project how the total package will come together. Everything is apparently still on the table.

New Bucks coach Jason Kidd has shown a willingness to experiment with playing Giannis at point guard in Vegas and the preseason, but the early results have been mixed. A promising fourth quarter against the Bulls plus an injury to Brandon Knight opened the door for a starting nod against Cleveland, but Giannis' night night in Cleveland left much to be desired. Things look great in transition when Giannis is able to attack a crease and take advantage of an unsettled defense. In half court sets it's still a struggle to prevent the second-year forward from slipping into bouts of passivity. Such is life with an unpolished NBA prospect.

It's important to provide Giannis with room to grow and develop, but is point guard the best route to explore? The Brew Hoop podcast is back for a 2014-15 season preview series in which Steve and Frank present several big topics, concepts, and ideas to discuss in a buy/sell format. #PointGiannis is the first topic to be addressed, so take a listen to find out why Steve and Frank are both "selling" Giannis as a point guard, but still buying into Giannis' potential long-term.

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