The Milwaukee Bucks took a chance on a tall, lengthy prospect out of Greece in the 2013 NBA Draft. Selecting Giannis Antetokounmpo with the 15th pick, the Bucks had no idea he would turn into a transcendent player in the league.
One of the biggest marvels regarding the Greek Freak is his incredible wingspan. Standing at 6 feet, 11 inches the Bucks forward has one of the longest wingspans in the league. He can also jump out of the gym with his amazing vertical. Take a look at the physical stats of the Greek Freak.
How long is his wingspan?
Giannis’ wingspan is an absurd 7-foot-3, and allows him to alter passing lanes and shots on the defensive end of the floor. It also gives him a leg up on offense to pull down rebounds and throw down thunderous alley-oops.
He is currently averaging 26 points and 10 rebounds per game, while also picking up at least one steal and one block as well. At one point last season Milwaukee had the longest wingspan in the league for a starting five, as their interchangeable players allowed Giannis to rotate and cover all five positions at different points of the game.
Who has a comparable wingspan in the league today?
While he doesn’t have the longest wingspan in the NBA, notable comparisons include former MVP Kevin Durant (7-foot-5), Kawhi Leonard (also 7-foot-3) and Anthony Davis (7-foot-6). All of these players routinely make All-NBA teams not only because of their skills on the court, but their physical ability to dominate on both ends of the floor with their length.
His athleticism and speed with the ball give him a leg up on most players night in and night out, and he is a strong candidate to win the NBA MVP while the Bucks sit at the top of the Eastern Conference.
Does wingspan determine success?
You can’t look at Antentokumpo’s ability to take over a game and attribute it just to his height and length. He has one of the hardest shots to defend due to his length, and he can pluck rebounds out of the air with ease. Some of the longest wingspans in league history aren’t a guarantee for success though.
Manute Bol has the longest wingspan in league history (8-foot-6), and was a marginal player at best, averaging two points, four rebounds, and three blocks per game in his career.
How high can the Greek Freak jump?
Giannis Antetokounmpo has an incredible 40-inch vertical leap. A height that is rivaled by only the greatest dunkers the game has ever seen. Notable current players with similar verticals include Zach Lavine (46-inch), Andrew Wiggins (44-inch) and Vince Carter (43-inch).
All of these players are phenomenal dunkers and have the athleticism to dominate on the defensive end, but Giannis stands head and shoulders above them with his ability to put it all together.
Marvel at the Greek Freak’s wingspan and vertical
Is it crazy to think how much better Giannis can become once he reaches his prime? He is still only 24 years old and with a 40-inch vertical and 7-foot-3 wingspan he is only scratching the surface at how dominant he can become.
What other players stand out to you as being athletic marvels in today’s NBA? Only time will tell if we will ever find another Greek Freak.