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March 24, 2019

Knicks didn’t bother scouting Giannis Antetokounmpo because of course

February 18, 2019

The Knicks didn’t even scout the best draft pick of the last six years.

According to Giannis Antetokounmpo’s agent Giorgos Panou, all-but-one team few to Greece to scout the Greek Freak ahead of the 2013 draft.


“Scouts started flying to Greece. Every day,” Panou said on TNT’s documentary, “Finding Giannis,” which is scheduled to air 6:30 p.m. Saturday. “Executives, GMS, assistant coaches – every team came. Twenty-nine teams. Except the Knicks.”

The Knicks didn’t bother scouting Giannis Antetokounmpo (Stacy Revere/Getty Images; NYDN composite)

Antentokounmpo was chosen 15th overall by the Bucks and is already a megastar. The Knicks picked Tim Hardaway Jr. nine spots later, so they were in range to make a move if they scouted and liked Antetokounmpo.

The Knicks’ GM at the time was Glen Grunwald, who was fired three months after the draft so that Steve Mills could take over. The Knicks have gone 156-310 since that draft.

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