Giannis Adetokunbo's Hands

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  1. DannyO'brienIsOurSatan

    DannyO'brienIsOurSatan Formerly Canefin561

    This kid is gonna drafted this year.


    These are his freakish hands


    More pictures of his hands are here

    Here is his draft profile

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    NBA Draft Prospect of the Week: Giannis Adetokunbo

    by: Jonathan Givony - President, Mike Schmitz
    February 26, 2013
    Giannis Adetokunbo has emerged from relative obscurity to rank among the very best international prospects in the 1994 age group. We investigate his unique background and NBA prospects with a video scouting report, full evaluation, and interview.

    -NBA Prospect of the Week: Victor Oladipo
    -NBA Prospect of the Week: Marcus Smart
    -NBA Prospect of the Week: Anthony Bennett
    -NBA Prospect of the Week: Ben McLemore

    Scouting report by Jonathan Givony. Video Analysis by Mike Schmitz

    Fleeing unrest in their native country of Nigeria, the Adetokunbo family emigrated to Greece in 1992 in search of a new beginning. The couple eventually settled into the Sepolia neighborhood outside of Athens, a suburb with a considerable migrant population. Working different jobs for the past twenty-one years, they were never recognized by the Greek authorities as actual citizens, but fully intending on making the country their home. That included doing whatever they could to assimilate their four sons into Greek society, hence their decision to give them Greek names. Unlike the US, being born in Greece does not guarantee citizenship; while registering their children with the Nigerian embassy could mean deportation should they happen to be stopped by authorities

    The Adetokunbos gave birth to four children in Greece, Thanasis (who stands 6-7), in July of 1992, Giannis (6-9) in December 1994, Costas (6-3) in 1997, and Alex (5-9) in 2001. Their first son, Francis (6-7), was born in 1984 and is a professional soccer player in Nigeria. None of the Adetokunbos have received Greek citizenship, only being able to attend public school thanks to their birth certificates.

    Thanasis and Giannis began to play basketball casually together around 2003. As fate would have it, the two were spotted one day by Spyros Veliniatis, a coach from Filathlitikos academy who is an avid cycling enthusiast and happened to biking by their local basketball court. Veliniatis was immediately taken aback by the immense physical gifts the children displayed, and invited the two to join the academy, the only club in Athens that does not charge a membership fee to participate. Considering the family's financial background, this was fortunate.

    Video Analysis:

    Thanasis and Giannis enrolling in the academy coincided with the team progressing rapidly up the Greek minor league system, being promoted six times in ten years from the D regional division of Athens all the way up to A2, the second league of Greece. Filathlitikos now finds themselves on the doorstep of A1, the top league in Greece, as they are in first place with a 14-3 record more than halfway through the season.

    Most of Filathlitikos's success has come thanks to the homegrown talent they developed and integrated onto their roster over the years, with head coach Takis Zivas coaching both the club's senior and U18 team since its inception 15 years ago. Many of the club's young players are the sons and daughters of immigrants from Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Albania and Nigeria.

    Thanks to the Adetokunbo's arrival, Greek basketball might have the most interesting prospect the country has seen in many years on their hands. Despite never having played for any of Greece's youth (U16, U18, U20) national teams in an official capacity, Giannis has drawn considerable interest as of late both in his home country and abroad, with eight NBA teams already having traveled to see him. An invitation to the senior national team is reportedly in the works for this summer, if his citizenship issues can be resolved of course.

    After watching a considerable amount of film from his play in the second division and U18 league, we decided to take a trip out to Athens ourselves to see what all the fuss was about. It turned out to be very valuable use of our time.

    Adetokunbo stands out first and foremost thanks to the tremendous physical profile he brings to the table, reminding somewhat of a Nicolas Batum or Thabo Sefolosha on first glance. He has great size at 6-9, 196 pounds, to go along with a developed upper body and an overall terrific frame that should fill out considerably in time. His wingspan has reportedly been measured at 7-3, but perhaps most interesting is the size of his hands, as he's able to palm the ball like a grapefruit which helps him out considerably as a passer, ball-handler and finisher.


    Exceptionally smooth and fluid, Adetokunbo still hasn't reached his full potential as an athlete, which makes sense if you consider he turned 18 three months ago and has grown 8 cm (a little over three inches) in the past ten months—and still might not be done growing. He's still working on his balance on the defensive end, and isn't an incredibly explosive leaper—something that could change as his lower body strength improves.

    It's popular to say that a prospect--particularly an obscure one-- “plays every position on the floor,” but in the game we watched in Greece, that was indeed the case. The competition level, as you can see in the video scouting report above, is indeed nothing to write home about, but it's difficult not to be taken aback by the incredibly versatile skill-set Adetokunbo brings to the table at 6-9.

    The tallest player on his team, Adetokunbo started the game off at the power forward position, but played on the perimeter almost exclusively. Similar to the way Kyle Anderson is used at UCLA, he initiates a lot of his team's offense in the half-court and regularly rebounds the ball and takes it coast to coast, showing fantastic body control. He's an extremely smooth ball-handler and a surprisingly adept passer, looking extremely unselfish and very focused on getting his teammates involved. He's capable of driving left or right and reads defenses far better than you'd expect considering his age and size, as he shows great sparks of creativity and smarts that make it easy to envision him developing into a point forward type as his career progresses.

    Adetokunbo's long strides and great length allow him to finish his moves in a variety of ways around the basket. He's largely right-hand dependent, though, and will need to continue to improve his strength and explosiveness to finish over the top of better defenses than he's facing at the moment.

    Adetokunbo's perimeter shooting ability is not as refined as his passing and ball-handling skills. While his shooting mechanics are relatively consistent, and he's capable of making shots with both his feet set and off the dribble, he sports a low release point and is not a knock down shooter when left open. He's making 34% of his 3-pointers on the season in A2 thus far and 70% of his free throw attempts, so there's definitely something to build off here.


    Defensively is where Adetokunbo might have the best potential considering the superior size and length he brings to the table at his position—likely small forward. He's not very consistent in this area yet, as he lacks significant experience, is not physical enough keeping a body on opponents and fighting through screens, and plays too upright on the perimeter. The instincts he displays here are very intriguing though, as he shows good anticipation on the defensive glass and is capable of making his presence felt in the passing lanes and as a shot-blocker.

    The biggest thing holding Adetokunbo back at the moment is his lack of experience. He's a late bloomer who did not have the benefit of growing up playing against other top international talents his age in the various FIBA competitions over the years. Similar to many young prospects still growing into their frames, he's not incredibly physical at the moment, and is not immune from showing questionable decision making in the half-court. He is at times so focused on getting his teammates involved that he can be appear to lack somewhat of a killer instinct, and his average perimeter shooting ability and defensive prowess could surely become more of an issue against higher level competition if he does not improve in these areas.

    Additionally, there are some question marks about his true position and ideal role on the floor against senior players. While the concept of a 6-9 point guard sounds great in theory, there are very few teams and coaches that actually play that way, which means he will have to continue to improve his ability to operate off the ball as well.

    Adetokunbo's talent was recognized by first division Spanish team Zaragoza in December when they elected to sign him to a four year contract. He will move to the ACB next season—barring complications with his passport—but reportedly has comfortable NBA out clauses at the end of each year, including this summer. Adetokunbo's agent, Giorgos Dimitropoulos, says that he will almost certainly be entering his name in the 2013 NBA draft to gauge his prospects, and that there is an “80-90% chance” he will stay in. While nothing is set in stone at the moment, NBA teams likely wouldn't mind leaving a talent like Adetokunbo in Europe for a couple of years to develop on a team like Zaragoza that is known for working very well with young players.

    Adetokunbo has drawn interest from both the Nike Hoop Summit and adidas EuroCamp in Treviso from what we've been told, and would strongly consider attending if invited, though his unresolved passport issues make it difficult to ascertain if he'd be able to do so. In the meantime, eight NBA teams (including two General Managers) have been out to Athens to see him, and it's likely that many more will follow over the next few months.

    His talent is readily seen on first glance as soon as he steps foot on the court, but there's obviously still a long ways to go for him to translate that into production at the highest levels of basketball. Regardless, this is as unique a story as you'll find in this year's draft class and it will be fascinating

    From DraftExpress.com
  2. JeremyLambsFace

    JeremyLambsFace Do not defend your boner to me right now.

    Why are you the way that you are?
  3. Deckard

    Deckard I made it with a woman! Inform the men.

    It kind of sounds like you want to get fucked by him
  4. Redav

    Redav I want to die

    What unit of measure is that? No way that's inches.
  5. orangeonmymind

    orangeonmymind New Member

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  6. bags

    bags America Fuck Yeah

    Nigga wants to phone home
  7. angus

    angus New Member


    It's a little less than 10 inches.
  8. Rape Ape

    Rape Ape knucklehead flow that make you act real dumb

  9. w2b

    w2b now watch this drive Staff Member

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  10. Arkadin

    Arkadin The Russian Grim Reaper is here

    i kill birds
  11. Fudd

    Fudd All men must die.

    If he has a tiny dick, how does he masturbate effectively?
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  12. TC

    TC I play the game wit #LOVE

    Even if he's got a big dick it's gonna look small in those oven mitts of his
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  13. UncleJesse

    UncleJesse Tide, Cowboys, Cobb County Braves, The Olsen Twins

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  14. Redav

    Redav I want to die

    Yea, my hands are like 9 inches so I was thinking that's either not that impressive or really fucking impressive.
  15. EdmondDantes

    EdmondDantes Both winner in league and apparently at life haha

    a 6'9" guy has big hands

    thread worthy
  16. Otis Mounds

    Otis Mounds red ragin'

    that plays in the 2nd division of greek basketball
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  17. jwpearl

    jwpearl I shall fetch a rug

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  18. Pelican

    Pelican COOL huh

    8.33 inches.

    Skinny type of penis. Gets harder than the traditional erect specimen. Sometimes, when agitated, he uses it to slap bitches in the face before sex.
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  19. he has been moving up draft boards the last 3 months. Won't be a shocker when he goes like top 15
  20. clemsontyger04

    clemsontyger04 Two offensive coordinators are better than one

  21. devine

    devine hi, i am user devine

    His pinky is bigger than my boner
  22. gamecockdoc

    gamecockdoc Physician on Duty

    was just about to post this

  23. DirtBall

    DirtBall Praise the MIKE

    Did you think that tape measure was in inches? 10 inches for an nba player seems pretty normal to me.
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  24. UncleJesse

    UncleJesse Tide, Cowboys, Cobb County Braves, The Olsen Twins

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  25. Noleintensity

    Noleintensity I go hard

    hes definitely got cancer with them huge ass hands
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  26. wes tegg

    wes tegg Do I make you O'Dorney?

    CM, so it's like 10 inches. Color me unimpressed.
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  27. bertwing

    bertwing No longer a faggot

    So is NP13 's
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  28. bertwing

    bertwing No longer a faggot

    Josh Oglesby at the nfl combine this year had 11 1/4" hands

    dannyobrienisoursatan everyone
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  29. Full Blown AIDS

    Full Blown AIDS You got it!

    Name sounds African aka has the AIDS
  30. DannyO'brienIsOurSatan

    DannyO'brienIsOurSatan Formerly Canefin561

    Tied for the biggest hands in the past 3 years.

    Giannis Adetokunbo's hands that is.

    There are no measurements that I could find before that.
  31. wes tegg

    wes tegg Do I make you O'Dorney?

    My hands are right around 9.25".
  32. bertwing

    bertwing No longer a faggot

    This gave me a good laugh
  33. duc15

    duc15 Run through the tape

    why is this a thread?
  34. WC

    WC Fighting clean in a dirty world

    guy coming to play for us in basketball is 6'8 and has a 7'9 wingspan. longest recorded wingspan in HS ball history according to rivals.

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    and his name is BeeJay Anya :warn:
  35. bertwing

    bertwing No longer a faggot

    This thread is dumb and you should feel dumb
  36. bertwing

    bertwing No longer a faggot

    Mine are 23.3 cm. I just measured. Want to arm wrestle?


  37. marcus

    marcus Sex with old ladies for money, and bear traps.

    His penis is likely a little above proportionate to his bady. He should have a 8.5" penis, but it's probably 9" or just under.
  38. Buster 5000

    Buster 5000 shopping with secret coupons

    Yeah but he can't shoot a 3 pointer to save his life.
  39. SeattlesFanciest

    SeattlesFanciest Fellow 9/11 Conspiracist

    because of Florida/Wisconsin and, somehow, Ohio
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  40. JonathanCoachman

    JonathanCoachman The Coach

    "I will wait thiiiiis long to become a good college player."
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