The “Greek Freak” absolutely dominated the 2021 NBA Finals. Leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first title since 1971. But despite all his recent success, he wasn’t a sure thing when he entered the league through the 2013 draft from Greece. In fact, at pick number 15 Giannis doesn’t even qualify as a lottery pick. Outside of the lottery, teams are just hoping to get a quality pro, so for Giannis to have turned out to be the superstar he is today is nothing short of incredible.
What happened in Giannis’ development to get him to this level? More importantly, how did NBA scouts get it so wrong that they drafted 14 players ahead of him? Players that, as you will read, have a combined 2 All-Star game appearances. Take a look at the players drafted above him and you will be amazed.
Continue reading on the next page to see which players were drafted BEFORE Giannis Antetokounmpo.