At shootaround Tuesday, Bucks coach Larry Drew told reporters that Giannis Antetokounmpo was "going to get his feet wet" against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Milwaukee's preseason opener.
That turned into a gigantic understatement.
Milwaukee's first-round pick played a game-high 29 minutes and scored 14 points with four rebounds and three blocks in a 99-87 exhibition loss to Cleveland.
Were there mistakes? Plenty of them. But the talent Antetokounmpo possesses shined through the rawness in the 18-year-old's NBA debut.
One performance against mostly backups and players fighting for a roster spot isn't going to suddenly thrust the expectations for Antetokounmpo's rookie season through the roof, but the Greek forward proved there's plenty to work with. Bucks general manager John Hammond wants fans to see glimpses of the vast potential, just to prove the patience will be worth it.
Surprisingly, Antetokounmpo doesn't seem as overmatched as expected. His poise and confidence are impres...