The 50 most interesting players in European hoops: Nos. 30-21

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 15: Kevin Seraphin
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 15: Kevin Seraphin /
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21. Thanasis Antetokounmpo, PF, Panathinaikos

Thanasis makes his Euroleague debut this year with Panathinaikos, and if his last two months in the ACB with MoraBank Andorra are any indication, he could be a game-changer for the Greens. The younger Antetokounmpo is even more amorphous as a player than his brother, and that in theory will work in the Euroleague, where he should be a nice swing forward who can handle some secondary creation opportunities. Thanasis’ quickness with the ball in his hands is elite, and he’s a pretty solid finisher right now as well. He can’t shoot, but he makes up for that with athleticism and burst that helps create space.

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Panathinaikos is a team full of solid finishers, and Antetokounmpo’s fit will be interesting around several excellent probers and slashers. Spacing may be cramped, but with him, Kenny Gabriel, James Gist and K.C. Rivers, they should have more than enough receivers for Nick Calathes to quarterback for. The question is how well he can differentiate himself. Can he follow Giannis and become more of an on-ball threat, especially in the halfcourt? Can he figure out a jump shot?

Regardless of the answers, highlights should be plentiful either way.