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Danny Ainge scouting 6-10 PG in Greece (Giannis Adetokunbo)

According to a report from Sheridanhoops.com, Danny Ainge has been in Greece scouting a 6-10 point guard named Giannis Adetokunbo.

In the latest installment of “Catch a Rising Star,” Boston Celtics president Dany Ainge traveled to Greece to get a first-hand look at Giannis Adetokunbo, the 6-foot-10 point guard who is moving up draft boards by leaps and bounds.

Ainge was in the house — and got heckled by Lakers fans — as Adetokunbo scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and two steals in the championship round of the Greek A2 league.

Ainge also saw the CSKA-Panathinaikos Euroleague game, an qs quoted by Greek media as comparing Adetokundo as reminding him of a young Scottie Pippen.

So who is this Greek freak? And why is he surfacing on the draft radar so late in the process?

For one thing, Adetokunbo grew up as an undocumented immigrant of Nigerian ancestry, and he does not currently hold a passport. That may change in the weeks ahead, as both the Greek and Nigerian national federations are trying to secure him for their national teams, and Adetokunbo’s next big test — should that passport arrive — would be an appearance at the NBA pre-draft Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy.

Aside from getting heckled by Lakers fans (although the thought that there were enough Lakers fans at a random Greek league game is gross), this is Ainge at his best.  Danny is always looking around the globe for the best talent around, despite the position.  While it’s kind of crazy that this guy is already being compared to a young Scottie Pippen, if that’s even a relatively accurate comparison, sign me up!  The piece goes on to suggest that he is projected to be selected in the top 24, well within the C’s range in the first round.  It’s far too soon to begin to evaluate potential draft picks since there are a handful of regular season games left as well as playoffs.  But this is intriguing for sure.  Stay tuned for any updates.  Below is a video from Draft Express, highlighting this mysterious man (err, kid):

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  • Andrew

    Love to add him but he easily needs 20+ more pounds muscle to hang with the lebrons and melo’s but definitely a freak

  • 00dc2

    looks great, reminds me of durant, but i doubt he will still be around when we pick :(

  • http://twitter.com/GreenbirdCro GreenbirdCro

    Sorry guys, but this is such. BS move by Danny
    There are so many good players, including BIGs, that play in the Euroleague, and where’s Danny?!
    :(

    • Bleedgreen!

      I bet this guy can block shots better Han 95% of the bigs in the euro leauge. Guys a freak

  • Bleedgreen!

    He looks like. Durant physically. He plays like rondo. And finishes like durant too. Great finisher great shot blocker. Great handle great passer great IQ . Great potential. If Avery can teach him how to defend and he can add 20-30 lbs of muscle he can be a top player in this leauge for many years. Plus he’s only 18!!! I will ge pissed if Danny passes on this guy come draft night. Man he gets to the rim so effortlessly and finishes through traffic. I’m really high on this guy after e hatching the video

  • eddysamson

    He is very Durant like, wow. Maybe the his weight/lower body issues wont be a huge problem because Durant still does it without much of an upper-body and some skinny chicken legs haha. Also nuts he has an ape index of +5 (difference between height + wingspan) although Durant’s is something ungodly like +9

    • Bleedgreen!

      Durant is listed as 6-9 but he is really 6-11 or something with a 7-4 wingspan. Players grow though. On draft night garnett was listed as 6-10 or 6-11 220. Now he is something like 7-1 250. So thus guy may end up being a 7footer

  • http://twitter.com/Wilanthropist Wil Reyes

    he has great footwork for his size. he just needs to bulk up to like what jeff green is now.

  • kobe

    He’s a Jordan Crawford 2.0 lol

    • Bleedgreen!

      Y do you even come to this site

  • zippittyay

    Funny how Lebron looked 25 when he was supposedly 18 and this kid looks like he’s 14 at 18 years old.

  • Lee in Oregon

    The video lists him as a SF averaging 1.4 assists a game. I’m skeptical of 6-10 point guards……other than Magic.

  • Don

    Reminds me of an African Fab Melo… Hasn’t been playing long, has the physical attributes to be something, full of raw potential. Is another project really worth a top 20 pick though?

    • Bleedgreen!

      He is 10 times more refined than melo. Melo doesn’t have 2 brothers playing professionally

  • Brick James

    This dude’s hands, wow. Ridiculous, even for a baller.