Sometimes the best part about the NBA Draft is the backstories that accompany the young on-court talent we have all been discussing over the last few months.
And come Thursday night in Brooklyn, the best backstory could easily belong to Giannis Adetokunbo.Not only has the 18-year old who recently became a Greek citizen and sent NBA head coaches, scouts and executives flocking to the second division Greek league this past season, but Adetokunbo has “American dream” written all over it.
At the 2013 NBA Draft, Adetokunbo will go from former vagabond to a first-round millionaire once David Stern struggles to pronounce his name.
What a story -- one that the New York Times is featuring with the official countdown to Thursday underway.
“From the time I started in basketball, my dream was to be a big star, to have a big future in basketball,” said Adetokunbo, who is signed to play in Spain next season if the road to the NBA is put on hold by a teams’ “draft and stash” plan.