Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd has confirmed that Giannis Antetokounmpo will continue to be the team's point guard for the entirety of next season.
Antetokounmpo has played in a variety of positions this year but moved from small forward to point guard in February with a lot of success and Kidd told reporters after practice on Tuesday that his Greek star will be the team's primary ball-handler in 2016-17.
"We're going to go forward with him handling the ball," Kidd told reporters, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "You can call him point guard, point forward, point center, however you want to look at it.
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"With him having the ball and the pressure he puts on the defense and his ability to find guys, has been a plus for us."
Since his transition to the position, the man nicknamed the 'Greek Freak' has recorded four triple-doubles and is averaging 19.0 points, 7.3 assists and 7.4 rebounds for the month of March, whilst shooting 50% from the field.
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The Bucks have eight games remaining in the regular season and Kidd said the permanent change will take effect immediately and continue into the offseason. Kidd also believes Antetokounmpo's ability to guard multiple positions will benefit the team and the longer he and Jabari Parker can spend on the floor together the better they and the team will become.
"He has a skill set that he can guard smalls and bigs," Kidd said. "Being able to guard the 4s or the wing players is something he can do.
"For Jabari [Parker] and him, the more they play together, the more we can get answers of what they both can do on the floor, both defensively and offensively. We've got a lot of answers to some different questions.
"They're going to get better over the summer. And it's putting the pieces around them that can make them better and push them to become better."
Bucks center Miles Plumlee is excited by the prospect of the 6-foot-1 Antetokounmpo handling the ball on a regular basis and is convinced it will elevate his game to new heights when he becomes accustomed to the role.
"I think Giannis has done a great job," Plumlee said, via the Milwaukee Journal . "He's going to learn the looks, the reads. He's going to understand the game better next year.
"It's a lot to learn. I know the easiest thing is to put your head down and go score, which he's great at. But he's been finding guys. I don't think he's even realizing what he's doing yet. When he really figures it out, he's going to be really special."
The Bucks return to action tonight when they host the Phoenix Suns in the second of a four-game homestand.