January 11, 1976 |
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)|
|Listed weight||260 lb (118 kg)|
|NBA draft||1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall|
|Selected by the Denver Nuggets|
|Pro playing career||1993–2005|
|1993–1997||P.A.O.K. Thessaloniki (Greece)|
|1997–2002||Barcelona Basquet (Spain)|
|2004–2005||Montepaschi Siena (Italy)|
|2005||Forum Filatélico Valladolid (Spain)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Efthimios (or Efthimis) Rentzias (in Greek: Ευθύμιος Ρεντζιάς; born January 11, 1976) is a retired Greek professional basketball player. He was most notably a member of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. At 2.11 m (6 ft 11 in) in height, he played the center position.
Rentzias played his first basketball for the youth team Danaos, a local team of Trikala. He began his professional career at the age of 17 with PAOK Thessaloniki of the Greek League in the 1993-94 season. With PAOK he won the Korać Cup championship in the 1993-94 season and the Greek Cup championship in the 1994-95 season. He was named the MVP of the 1995 FIBA Under-19 World Championship, helping Greece to win the tournament's gold medal. In the process Greece beat (by a score of 98-78) a U.S. team that featured future NBA players Stephon Marbury and Samaki Walker. During that period Rentzias was considered to be one of the most talented European basketball players.
He later transferred to Barcelona Basquet for the 1997-98 season. In his last year with Barcelona (2001–02), Rentzias averaged 9.2 points per game and 3.5 rebounds per game in 17.3 minutes per contest in 51 games in both the Spanish League (ACB) and the Euroleague. He shot 61.6 percent from the field, 36.3 percent from three-point range and 71.4 percent from the foul line. With Barcelona Rentzias won his second Korać Cup championship in the 1998-99 season and he also won 2 Spanish League championships in the 1998-99 and 2000-01 seasons.
In his only season in the NBA, during the 2002-03 campaign with the 76ers, he played in only 35 games, averaging 1.5 points per game. He was the second Greek-born basketball player at the time to ever suit up for an NBA team.
Rentzias had plans to come back to PAOK to finish his career. Unfortunately, in August 2006, he announced his retirement from basketball at the age of 30, because of injury problems.
Career with the Greek national team
Rentzias was a member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team from 1994 to 2002 and competed in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games at Atlanta. That was the just the second ever appearance by Greece's men's basketball team in a Summer Olympics and their first since the 1952 Summer Olympic Games. He averaged 5.0 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game in 12 minutes per game over seven contests in the 1996 Olympic Games.
He also played in the 1995 FIBA European Championship, the 1997 FIBA European Championship, the 2001 FIBA European Championship, the 2003 FIBA European Championship, the 1994 FIBA World Championship and the 1998 FIBA World Championship with the Greek national squad.
Club career synopsis
- Danaos Trikalon
- 1993-97: PAOK (Greek A1 League)
- 1997-02: Barcelona Basquet (Spanish ACB)
- 2002-03: Philadelphia 76ers (NBA)
- 2003-04: Ülkerspor (Turkish League)
- 2004-05: Montepaschi Siena (Italian A League)
- 2005-06: Fórum Valladolid (Spanish ACB)
- 2x Korać Cup Champion: with PAOK in 1994; and with Barcelona Basquet in 1999.
- Greek Cup Champion: with PAOK in 1995.
- 2x Spanish League Champion: with Barcelona Basquet: in 1999 and 2001.
- Spanish Cup Champion: with Barcelona Basquet in 2001.