Dio's tour of the league pulls off in the Central Division, where some young players could be looking at additional opportunities for teams that are looking to take a step forward.
October 13, 2019, 5:42 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) will not play in Sunday's preseason game versus the Wizards.
The MVP will get the night off the rest up. Ersan Ilyasova will start in his place and become a viable DFS play.
Source: Chris Miller on Twitter
October 12, 2019, 12:07 amGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokonmpo looks to already be finding his MVP-groove with 34 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, three triples and one steal in Friday's win over the Mavs.
Giannis was the only starter who showed up, but fortunately for the Bucks he showed up enough for everyone else. The 3-point shooting and strong performance from the free-throw line (5-for-5) are especially welcome sights.
October 9, 2019, 11:38 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo had a game-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting from the field and 6-of-10 shooting from the line with 11 rebounds in Wednesday's 133-99 blowout win over the Jazz.
Giannis also added four dimes, one steal and one block to the box score. It was a mixed bag, given his 60 percent clip from the foul line and him missing all three attempts from downtown, but on a positive note, he did not commit any turnovers and the aforementioned double-double came in just 21 minutes of action. He's a lock as a top-4, pick in fantasy right now, especially given that he's still got room to improve on his already-crazy game.
October 9, 2019, 7:36 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
The Bucks will start Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Eric Bledsoe, Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez on Wednesday.
Giannis, Bledsoe and Middleton all sat out of Monday's preseason opener but that was just a case of rest. If you're looking to see how the Bucks' rotation could shake out, tonight could be the game to watch.
Source: Bucks on Twitter
October 7, 2019, 6:46 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo won't face the Bulls on Monday.
Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, and Ersan Ilyasova will also miss Monday's matchup. None of this is a major surprise so early in preseason. Antetokounmpo should be drafted within the top few picks this season.
Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter
September 14, 2019, 7:27 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
In a recent fan question session Bucks' GM Jon Horst hinted towards signing Giannis Antetokounmpo to a supermax extension when eligible.
Horst mentioned that he cannot technically discuss an extension until he is eligible, but said Antetokounmpo will be a Buck for a long time. The Greek Freak will be eligible next summer and is all but sure to get a supermax extension.
Source: Fox Sports Wisconsin on Twitter
September 9, 2019, 11:47 amGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo was limited to 12 points and 23 minutes in Monday's 84-77 win over the Czech Republic because of five fouls.
Antetokounmpo had to fight the whistle on a day where Greece needed a 12-point win to advance, and a few of those calls likely made the difference in Greece's tournament fate. He also added nine rebounds, four assists and three steals while ex-NBAer Nick Calathes led the way with 27 points.
September 7, 2019, 10:26 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Greece benched Giannis Antetokounmpo for the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to Team USA in an effort to save him for their next game against the Czech Republic.
Greek coach Thanasis Skourtopoulo consulted with Antetokounmpo prior to making the decision and it was agreed that his efforts would be better served in a game where Greece needs to win by 12 points. The Americans controlled the game and although it was far from a blowout, there was little sense in keeping Giannis in for the final minutes of a game that was basically decided. The important thing to note is that there's no health problems here. Expect Antetokounmpo to be an early first-round pick in upcoming fantasy drafts.
Source: Brian Windhorst on Twitter
September 7, 2019, 10:50 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell led US past Greece 69-53 on Saturday to remain undefeated at 4-0.
Walker finished with a team-high 15 points to go with four rebounds and six assists while Mitchell had 10 points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and a steal. Jaylen Brown and Harrison Barnes also had solid all-around lines and Marcus Smart returned to action after missing the previous game with a quad strain. Giannis Antetokounmpo led Greece with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with 13 rebounds, two steals, a block and a triple as Greece needs to beat the Czech Republic by at least 12 points on Monday to advance to the next round of the tournament, assuming the US will beat Brazil as well.
September 5, 2019, 1:24 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo bounced back from a tough loss to Brazil on Tuesday by scoring 24 points and adding 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and a triple in Greece's 103-97 win over New Zealand.
With Greece facing a must-win game, the reigning NBA MVP showed off what makes him so great and carried his team to victory. Greece will take on Team USA on Saturday.
September 3, 2019, 10:37 amGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out on Tuesday after scoring just 13 points in a tough loss to Brazil.
The Greek Freak shot just 3-of-7 as Brazil was able to limit the reigning MVP. Greece will now face New Zealand in a must-win game where Giannis will have to do much more.
September 1, 2019, 11:35 amGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo played 16 minutes in Greece's 85-60 win over Montenegro, scoring 10 points to go with eight rebounds, two steals and one block.
Giannis needed little time to make an imprint on this game, and the collective performance of the rest of the team showed why they are slated to be one of the stronger teams in the FIBA World cup. He should be expected to play more in Greece's next game against Brazil.
August 27, 2019, 2:11 pmGiannis AntetokounmpoPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee discomfort) will miss Greece's final exhibition game vs. Venezuela on Tuesday.
Giannis is expected to be ready to go for the start of the World Cup, so this looks like nothing more than a maintenance day for the reigning NBA MVP. Greece will battle Montenegro, Brazil and New Zealand in round one of the World Cup.
August 18, 2019, 11:21 pmBogdan BogdanovicSG, Sacramento Kings
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a team-high 28 points in Serbia's 85-80 win over Greece on Sunday.
Serbia will be a tough team to beat in the 2019 FIBA World Cup thanks to Bogdanovic, Nikola Jokic and Nemanja Bjelica among others. Bjelica put up 18 points and 14 rebounds as well. They were able to beat Giannis Antetokounmpo, who had 20 points. This is one of the teams that could sneak up on Team USA and pull out a win.