A buzz is building about Milwaukee Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Already he is being compared to Nicolas Batum Paul George and Kevin Durant.

Not bad for a skinny 18-year-old from Greece a player who is getting his first taste of NBA action during the current exhibition season.

But wait a second.

Coach Larry Drew is not ready to commit to putting the 6-foot-9 youngster into the playing rotation when the regular season begins next week.

The Bucks may want to be cautious when it comes to a player they value so highly.

"I think he's made the most of his minutes in the preseason" Drew said after a workout Tuesday at Attack Athletics on Chicago's west side. "Still there's a lot he has to learn.

"He has to learn the pace and the speed at this level. We're still trying to work with him from the language side of it making sure he understands our terminology. I can see at times he's still lost out there but that's going to be part of it with an 18-year-old kid coming from a different country.

"He has definitely shown some flashes. But we just have to continue to work with him and hopefully he can get to the point where we can get him out there."

Milwaukee has veteran Caron Butler as the starting small forward and 6-7 Khris Middleton as a backup with Carlos Delfino still sidelined after off-season surgery for a broken bone in his right foot.

The Bucks selected Antetokounmpo with the 15th pick in the June draft believing they might get a steal in the middle of the first round.

On Monday night he played 27 minutes in the preseason game against the Bulls in Chicago and contributed six points six rebounds two steals and two blocks.

Before the game Drew was asked if the Greek player reminded him of anyone he had seen in the league.

"He does but I'm not going to say that name" Drew said. "I'm not going to get in trouble with that name. His height his ability to see the floor and he's a timely passer....He just doesn't pass the ball. He gives the ball to guys at the right time."

Could Drew be referring to a certain former Los Angeles Lakers player who wore No. 32? Wasn't that Magic Johnson?

The coach managed a smile.

"When he's in the open floor he's in his own world when he's in that situation" Drew said. "You can see a very comfortable Giannis when he's in that situation. I'm going to leave it at that."

Antetokounmpo is open to instruction and is trying to soak up everything he can from coaches and teammates. After practice Tuesday both Drew and assistant coach Jim Cleamons took time for some individual instruction.

"They look out for me; they talk to me during the game" Antetokounmpo said of his teammates. "Luke (Ridnour) talks to me during the game Caron Butler talks to me Larry Sanders.