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KZ Okpala Compares Himself to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Talks About Being Called ‘Baby Giannis’
- Updated: June 25, 2020
Okpala joined Five Reasons Sports Network’s “Five on the Floor” podcast to talk about a variety of topics, which included comparing himself to Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.
He also touched on his thoughts about being called “Baby Giannis” by some Heat fans.
“Giannis is a beast, you know what I mean?” said Okpala. “I definitely see a lot of similarities. The way he snatches it off the board and pushes it up and uses his body to bump guys around, I think I do that in a very similar way. He’s a hell of a player and to be compared to him is a blessing.”
The Stanford University product has only appeared in five NBA games this season, with his best performance coming against the Sacramento Kings in a February road game.
He recorded seven points, four rebounds, two steals and one block in that contest.
A second-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Okpala has seen a lot of game time this season with the Heat’s G League affiliate Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 11.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks in 28.6 minutes per game.