Larry Drew brought 33 years of NBA experience to the Milwaukee Bucks when he took over as coach last year.

It would take a teenager who didn't speak English very well just one day to pick out a mistake in his playbook.

Long before Giannis Antetokounmpo was a bright spot in a bleak season for the Bucks, before we discovered that he was a hard worker and the personal champion for his immigrant family, he was a complete mystery to his own coach.

Drew barely had the keys to the Cousins Center when he walked by the NBA draft board and saw the name: Antetokounmpo.

"I didn't know this kid," said Drew.

Director of scouting Billy McKinney gave Drew a highlight tape of an 18-year-old player from Greece who could play above the rim but who also tethered the basketball while running up and down the court. Drew figured he was 6 feet 1 inch "because he's doing things like a guard."

Antetokounmpo was 6-9.

And the Bucks made Antetokounmpo their first-round draft choice a month later.

That's a tough assignment for any coach — to take over a struggling team and then take on a total stranger. Drew couldn't help but wonder — what do I have to work with?

At a summer tournament in Europe, Drew got his answer when Antetokounmpo took a rebound off the glass, sprinted to the other end, faked out one defender at the top of the key, drove by traffic in the lane and threaded the needle with a bounce pass to the open man.

"That sold me," said Drew. "That play there was an NBA play. My wheels got to turning."