Georgios Printezis

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Georgios Printezis
Γιώργος Πρίντεζης
Georgios Printezis.JPG
Printezis as a member of the Olympiacos Piraeus.
No. 15 – Olympiacos Piraeus
Position Power forward
League Greek Basket League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1985-02-22) February 22, 1985 (age 29)
Athens, Greece
Nationality Greek
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58th overall
Selected by the San Antonio Spurs
Pro playing career 2002–present
Career history
2002–present Olympiacos Piraeus
2006–2007 Olympia Larissa (loan)
2009–2011 Unicaja Málaga (loan)
Career highlights and awards

Georgios Printezis (alternate spelling: Giorgos) (Greek: Γιώργος Πρίντεζης; born February 22, 1985) is a Greek professional basketball player. He is currently playing with Olympiacos Piraeus. He is 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)[1] tall and he plays at the power forward position. He is best known for his game-winning shot against CSKA Moscow at the end of the Euroleague 2011-12 season's Final. His nickname is "The Greek Lightning".

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

In the 2006-07 season, Printezis was loaned by Olympiacos to Olympia Larissa in the Greek League, where he averaged 11.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. At the Greek All-Star Game weekend that season, he won the slam dunk competition.[2] At the end of that season, he was also voted the Greek League Best Young Player.[3] Following that success, he returned to Olympiacos.

Malaga[edit]

In 2009, he signed a 3-year contract with an NBA escape clause after the second year, worth 3.6 million euros with the Spanish ACB League club Unicaja Málaga.[4][5]

Back to Olympiacos[edit]

On April 27, 2011, Printezis returned to his previous club, Olympiacos,[6] after being transferred from Málaga.[7] In the Euroleague 2011-12 season's Final, he hit a game-winning shot with .7 seconds remaining on the game clock, to give Olympiacos the Euroleague championship, with a victory over CSKA Moscow.[8]

On July 12, 2012, he signed a new three-year contract with Olympiacos.[9] Prior to that, he had considered a three year, 4.5 million US dollars net income contract from Fenerbahçe Ülker, but chose to stay with Olympiacos instead.[10] With Olympiacos, he also won the 2012-13 season championship of the Euroleague. On July 8, 2014, he extended his contract until 2017.[11]

NBA[edit]

Printezis was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round, with the 58th selection overall of the 2007 NBA Draft. The draft rights to Printezis were then acquired by the Toronto Raptors, in exchange for their second round draft pick in the 2008 NBA Draft (Spurs used that pick to draft Goran Dragić, and immediately traded Dragić to the Phoenix Suns to acquire the draft pick they used in 2009 to draft future NBA All-Rookie Second Team member DeJuan Blair).[12][13] On January 20, 2011, the Toronto Raptors traded his draft rights to the Dallas Mavericks for Alexis Ajinça, a conditional second 2013 second round draft pick and cash.[14]

On December 10, 2011, the draft rights to Printezis were traded to the New York Knicks, along with Tyson Chandler and the draft rights to Ahmad Nivins, in a three-way trade. The Mavericks received Andy Rautins from the Knicks, and a second round pick from the Washington Wizards. The Wizards received Ronny Turiaf from the Knicks, in addition to a Dallas 2012 second round pick, a 2013 Knicks second round pick, and cash considerations.

In the summer of 2012, Printezis turned down a one-year contract offer from the Knicks, that reportedly was for slightly more than the minimum NBA salary.[15] On July 16, 2012, his and Kostas Papanikolaou's rights were traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, in a deal that sent Raymond Felton to New York.[16] On February 21, 2013, his rights were subsequently traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, in a deal that sent Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers.[17]

Greek national team[edit]

With the junior national teams of Greece, Printezis played at the 2001 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, and at the 2004 and 2005 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championships. He was selected to the senior men's Greek national basketball team that played at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. He won the bronze medal at the FIBA EuroBasket 2009, and he also played at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

He was also a member of Greece's national team that played at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and the FIBA EuroBasket 2013.

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

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 Printezis' team won the Euroleague
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2002–03 Olympiacos 3 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
2003–04 Olympiacos 3 0 .9 1.000 .000 .000 .3 .0 .0 .0 .7 .7
2004–05 Olympiacos 1 0 5.2 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0 -1.0
2005–06 Olympiacos 8 0 8.9 .611 .500 .500 1.1 .1 .3 .0 3.8 2.4
2007–08 Olympiacos 21 10 19.0 .513 .238 .609 3.2 .6 .3 .2 6.7 6.2
2008–09 Olympiacos 20 15 18.7 .636 .500 .517 3.3 .6 .4 .1 8.8 8.5
2009–10 Unicaja 12 6 24.2 .517 .421 .750 4.3 .8 .7 .2 11.7 11.2
2010-11 Unicaja 14 8 15.6 .386 .182 .688 2.7 .3 .2 .1 5.6 3.7
2011–12 Olympiacos 21 4 21.8 .500 .310 .864 4.1 1.2 .3 .3 10.6 11.3
2012–13 Olympiacos 29 27 20.9 .465 .312 .750 4.0 1.0 .2 .1 10.5 10.1
2013–14 Olympiacos 21 14 21.2 .443 .273 .659 4.7 1.0 .4 .2 10.2 10.3
Career 153 84 18.8 .493 .304 .694 3.5 .7 .3 .1 8.6 8.1

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Pro career[edit]

Greek national team[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]