Alex Antetokounmpo era ends as Raptors send him to Bucks

Dominican junior Alex Antetokounmpo looks on during a game against Lourdes AcademyRs5a2680
Dominican junior Alex Antetokounmpo looks on during a game against Lourdes AcademyRs5a2680 /

The Toronto Raptors had one of the more interesting names on any G League roster on their Raptors 905 squad last year. Alex Antetokounmpo, the youngest of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s siblings and a neophyte player looking to become the fourth member of his immediate family to play in the NBA.

Antetokounmpo chose not to go to college in North America or continue his pro career overseas like his brother Kostas. He instead plunged into the G League and signed with Raptors 905, hoping that Toronto’s developmental skill would work wonders on his raw game.

Unfortunately, it looks like Toronto is not willing to put years of development time into this 905 role player. The Milwaukee Bucks have been more than willing to add Giannis’ brothers over the years, and they made a move specifically to bring Alex to the Wisconsin Herd.

Antetokounmpo will become the third brother to suit up for the Bucks or an affiliate. Milwaukee acquired Alex and a 2023 second-round G League Draft pick in exchange for high-flying point guard Jalen Lecque. The Antetokounmpo era lasted just a few games in Mississauga, much to the chagrin of any Greek Raptors fans out there.

The Toronto Raptors traded Alex Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo averaged 2.6 points per game in just 7.0 minutes per contest with Raptors 905. While it’s hard to make a decision on how he has progressed as a player based on such limited information, his 50% field goal percentage is nice to see from a 19-year-old.

Antetokounmpo’s most memorable moment with the Raptors came when he participated in the Skills Challenge alongside Giannis and Thanasis. Even though the Skills Challenge was brief, it introduced him to an international audience on one of the game’s biggest stages.

As for Lecque, he has averaged 14.5 points per game with the Herd, Northern Arizona Suns, and Fort Wayne Mad Ants. While his 41% field goal percentage shows that he is still not a good shooter, his crazy bounce (which helped him earn the nickname “Baby Westbrook”) could be intriguing for 905 purposes.

Alex was never going to crack the Raptors’ roster or be a huge part of what the team tried to do in the long term, but it was nice to see him follow in the footsteps of his brothers and start his career in Mississauga. It’s up to him and Milwaukee’s coaching staff to help make him the fourth sibling in his household to grace the NBA.

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