Dimitris Diamantidis

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Dimitris Diamantidis
Δημήτρης Διαμαντίδης
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No. 13 – Panathinaikos Athens
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League Greek League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1980-05-06) May 6, 1980 (age 34)
Kastoria, Greece
Nationality Greek
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2002 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 1999–present
Career history
1999–2004 Iraklis Thessaloniki (Greece)
2004–present Panathinaikos (Greece)
Career highlights and awards

Dimitrios "Dimitris" Diamantidis (alternate spelling: Dimitrios Diamantidis) (Greek: Δημήτρης Διαμαντίδης) (born May 6, 1980) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Greek League and Euroleague team Panathinaikos Athens. Standing at 1.96 m (6'5")[1] and weighing 100 kg (220 lbs.),[2] Diamantidis mainly plays at the point guard position on offense,[3] but he also has the ability to play as a shooting guard, as well as to assume the small forward position, being utilized as a point forward. At the age of fourteen, he started his youth career with his home team in Kastoria, and stayed there for five years before being transferred to Iraklis in 1999. He plays for Panathinaikos since the summer of 2004.

Diamantidis helped to lead Panathinaikos to three Euroleague championships in 2007, 2009, and 2011, earning the Final Four MVP Award twice, and being named Euroleague MVP in 2011. He also won nine Greek League and eight Greek Cup titles. A four-time All-Euroleague First Team selection, he is the first recipient of the Euroleague Best Defender Award, which he won five times in a row from 2005 to 2009, and an additional one in 2011. Moreover, Diamantidis was voted to the Euroleague 2001-10 All-Decade Team.[4] As a member of the Greek national team, he earned a FIBA EuroBasket title in 2005, as well as a FIBA World Championship silver medal in 2006, with Greece stunning the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Dwight Howard, and Carmelo Anthony in the tournament's semifinal.[5]

On the basis of his achievements in Greek and European basketball, his pivotal role in the success of the Greek national team at the world stage, and his remarkable all-around skills, Diamantidis was named Mister Europa European Player of the Year by Italian sports magazine Superbasket in 2007.[6] Kastoria's main indoor basketball arena was renamed "Dimitris Diamantidis" in his honor.

Professional career[edit]

Iraklis[edit]

In the summer of 1999, at the age of 19, Diamantidis began his professional career when he transferred to Iraklis Thessaloniki and became a starting player there by his second season. Diamantidis helped to bring Iraklis, one of the oldest Greek teams, back into prominence after the club had been struggling. With Iraklis, Diamantidis won the Greek League MVP award in the 2003–04 season.

Panathinaikos[edit]

Diamantidis moved a big step up in his career with his move to Panathinaikos of Athens in 2004; a basketball powerhouse of the Greek League and also of the Euroleague. With Panathinaikos, he has won the Greek Championship 9 times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013,2014), the Greek Cup 8 times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013,2014), and the Euroleague Championship 3 times (2007, 2009, 2011).

Diamantidis has won several individual trophies since joining Panathinaikos, such as the Euroleague Best Defender six times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011),[7] the Greek League MVP five times (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011), and the Euroleague Final Four MVP twice (2007, 2011). Diamantidis was also named the 2007 European Player of the Year: Mister Europa, the 2007 Greek Athlete of the Year, and the MVP of the Greek Cup in 2009. He was named the Euroleague MVP in 2011.[8]

Due to these great individual and team successes, the president of Panathinaikos, pharmaceutical magnate Pavlos Giannakopoulos, signed Diamantidis in 2008, to a 3 year 5.7 million euros net income contract. In 2010, he renewed his contract with Panathinaikos for another 3 years, at 10.8 million euros gross income (€6 million euros net income).[9]

On 4 July 2013, he renewed his contract with Panathinaikos for another 2 years, at a salary of €1.9 million net income per year.

Greek national team[edit]

Diamantidis was a member of the senior Greek national basketball team. With the senior national team of Greece he won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005. During the European Championship that year, he led the tournament in assists and he was selected to the All-Tournament Team. In the tournament semifinals against the French national basketball team, Diamantidis hit a game-winning 3 point shot with Greece trailing by a score of 66-64 at the end of the game, to give Greece the 67-66 victory and send them to the European Championship's final game.

He was also a member of the Greek national team that went on to win the silver medal the next year at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. He was a key factor in Greece's historic 101-95 victory against Team USA in the semifinals.

Diamantidis was also a member of Greece's national team that competed at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, which was held in Athens, Greece. He was also been selected to play on Greece's national team for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Diamantidis was also on the Greek teams that participated at the EuroBasket 2003 and the EuroBasket 2007. With his national team he also won the silver medal at the 2001 Mediterranean Games and the gold medal at the 2006 Stanković Continental Champions’ Cup. He has also won 7 Acropolis Tournaments with his national squad, being the tournament's MVP twice, in 2005 and 2006.

On September 4, 2010, after Greece's elimination in the Eighth-Finals of the 2010 FIBA World Championship at the hands of Spain, he announced his immediate retirement from the Greek National Team.

Player profile[edit]

Diamantidis is left-handed and he can play as a point guard, shooting guard and small forward. In the Greek national team his primary position was playing at the small forward spot, being utilized as a point forward. He has a big wingspan for his height, which has led to him being given the nickname of Octopus Man or The Octopus. He is a pass first play-maker and a good catch-and-shoot 3 point shooter. He likes to post up smaller point guards. He is generally considered to be one of the best perimeter defensive players in the Euroleague; having won the Euroleague Best Defender award for 5 consecutive seasons, and once again two years later. He was named the European Player of the Year: Mister Europa in 2007.

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Euroleague official website, Dimitris Diamantidis' page.[10]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Diamantidis won the Euroleague
Led the league
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2004-05 Panathinaikos 25 20 27.4 .544 .467 .709 3.7 3.1 2.0 .6 8.5 12.5
2005-06 Panathinaikos 23 22 30.1 .492 .269 .785 4.5 2.9 2.3 .8 8.7 13.1
2006-07 Panathinaikos 24 24 29.1 .489 .460 .780 3.9 3.9 2.2 .6 8.9 14.3
2007–08 Panathinaikos 19 19 30.9 .484 .435 .769 5.3 3.3 1.8 .7 8.5 15.1
2008–09 Panathinaikos 21 12 27.3 .486 .441 .863 4.4 3.1 1.5 .5 8.5 14.0
2009–10 Panathinaikos 12 9 26.7 .559 .516 .738 2.9 3.3 1.5 .3 9.4 13.7
2010–11 Panathinaikos 22 21 30.5 .433 .370 .872 3.9 6.2 1.6 .1 12.5 18.5
2011–12 Panathinaikos 23 21 30.0 .448 .425 .882 3.7 4.8 1.5 .5 11.5 16.4
2012–13 Panathinaikos 27 25 31.5 .368 .315 .712 3.4 5.8 1.4 .4 8.1 13.1
2013–14 Panathinaikos 29 27 31.2 .324 .283 .763 2.4 6.2 1.4 .1 8.9 12.8
Career 225 200 29.6 .444 .374 .791 3.8 4.4 1.7 .5 9.3 14.3

Awards and honors[edit]

Club career[edit]

Greek national team[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Spain Jorge Garbajosa
Mr. Europa
2007
Succeeded by
Spain Ricky Rubio