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Antetokounmpo Puts Up Career Highs in Back-to-Back Games

By Brian Kotloff | February 18, 2015

By Brian Kotloff, NBADLeague.com

The games were 10 days apart, but they both represented progress for Knicks second-round pick Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

The 22-year-old is always a ball of energy on the court and will make his living on the defensive end. But for the second straight year, he’s coming on strong offensively as the season drags on and he acclimates himself to a new system — this time with back-to-back career scoring efforts for the Westchester Knicks.

In pouring in 30 points on Feb. 7 in Maine and 36 last night in his return to Delaware, Antetokounmpo flashed a renewed confidence and aggression and most importantly a three-point stroke. He hit 7-of-15 from deep in the two games after shooting 9-for-46 in his first 29 games this season.

It’s a repeat of his rookie season with the Delaware 87ers, when he averaged 10.4 points through January on 42% shooting from the field and 26% from three, then boosted those numbers to 14.2 points, 53% FG and 39% 3FG in his final 21 games.

Antetokounmpo Warming Up in the Winter
Month(s) PPG FGM/A FG% 3FGM/A 3FG%
Nov.-Dec. 2013 12.1 4.0/9.4 42.6% 1.5/4.9 31.5%
January 2014 8.7 3.1/7.6 40.2% 0.4/2.6 13.9%
February 2014 10.0 3.7/7.2 50.8% 1.3/3.4 38.7%
March-April 2014 17.3 6.5/11.9 54.5% 1.3/3.2 39.5%
Nov.-Dec. 2014 13.4 4.8/11.4 42.5% 0.4/1.8 19.4%
January 2015 12.2 4.6/8.7 53.1% 0.3/1.3 21.4%
February 2015* 28.3 9.3/16.0 58.3% 2.3/5.3 43.8%

*As of 2/18 (3 games)

Highlights and shot charts:

Feb. 7: 30 Points, 8/14 FG, 4/6 3FG, 10/15 FT

150218_thanasis-saturday_shot-chart

 

Feb. 17: 36 Points, 13/23 FG, 3/9 3FG, 7/13 FT

150218_thanasis-tuesday_shot-chart

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