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Kidd: Giannis will handle the ball in 2016-17

With many things uncertain for next year’s Milwaukee Bucks season, one thing is for sure: Giannis Antetokounmpo will be playing point guard. On Tuesday, during media availability, head coach Jason Kidd publicly stated that Giannis will be the team’s point guard heading into next season.

Prior to this season, Kidd had noted that he would be experimenting with Giannis handling the ball at various times, setting him up in a new role as point forward, point guard, point center. You get the point. At 6’11”, Giannis will be a nightmare match-up for opposing teams, with frontcourt-like height and outstanding quickness and speed.

The announcement comes shortly after current point guard Michael Carter-Williams expressed great interest in pursuing a future with Milwaukee. Carter-Williams told the Journal Sentinel, “I’m definitely more than willing to be here. I like it here and I’m focused here.” He then went on to discuss the possibility of a new role in order to fit in with Giannis.

“He’s had a lot of success….When he plays the point guard (spot) he has a really good mentality.” Carter-Williams said of Antetokounmpo. “I don’t know what’s going to happen. I could stay coming off the bench, or I could be back in the starting lineup. We don’t know. If I do go back to the point guard, it’s how can we get the best out of you (Giannis).”

Since Carter-Williams has been sidelined with injury, Giannis has enjoyed a new role as a facilitator, averaging 19.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 7.3 assists in 14 games.

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