MADISON, Wis. — Giannis Antetokounmpo can dunk like an explosive wing player. He can handle the ball like a guard. He can provide an instant energy boost like a sixth man off the bench.
And for at least the first few weeks of the NBA season, the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo will probably be muscling up against power forwards while the Milwaukee Bucks await Jabari Parker‘s return to the lineup.
Coach Jason Kidd said the 20-year-old Antetokounmpo is in line to play all five positions for the Bucks this season.
“He’s 20 years old, and he’s going to play every position for us,” Kidd said. “He’s never complaining. He just goes out there and plays.”
A budding star, the third-year forward certainly doesn’t lack in confidence
“I don’t really look in front of me if it’s a point guard, if it’s a big guy. I think I can guard everybody, even the small guys, even the big guys,” he said. “I’m going to do what I do as hard as possible.”
Antetokounmpo must sit out the opener after being suspended for one game for running over the Bulls’ Mike Dunleavy during Game 6 of last season’s first-round playoff series, won by Chicago. When he returns for the Oct. 30 game against Washington, Antetokounmpo seems destined for some duty at power forward.
“Every game, he’s getting better. He’s trying to figure it out,” forward-center John Henson said.
Antetokounmpo should mostly play small forward, though his multifaceted game gives Kidd the ability to move him around the floor to account for matchups or foul trouble.
Antetokounmpo has also dabbled at point guard, a position he played in his native Greece.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.