Kostas Papanikolaou

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Kostas Papanikolaou
Κώστας Παπανικολάου
Kostas Papanikolaou2011.jpg
Papanikolaou in warm-ups with Olympiacos.
No. 16 – FC Barcelona
Position Small forward
League ACB League
Personal information
Born (1990-07-31) July 31, 1990 (age 23)
Trikala, Greece
Nationality Greek
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Aris
2009–2013 Olympiacos
2013–present FC Barcelona
Career highlights and awards

Konstantinos "Kostas" Papanikolaou (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Παπανικολάου; born August 1, 1990) is a Greek professional basketball player for FC Barcelona of the ACB League. He is 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)[1][2] tall and plays at the small forward position.

Professional career[edit]


Papanikolaou began playing basketball with the youth teams of Proteas Grevenon and Aris, and he made his pro debut in the Greek League, with Aris, during the 2008-09 season. He was named the MVP of the Greek Youth All-Star Game in 2009. He was also named the Greek League's Best Young Player in 2009.[3]


In 2009, Papanikolaou moved to Olympiacos.[4] He signed a 5 year contract worth €1.3 million euros net income, after Olympiacos paid a €950,000 euros buyout fee to Aris to secure his player rights.[5] Papanikolaou's contract with Olympiacos had an NBA buyout clause, in the amount of 1 million euros.[6] The contract's buyout option could be used before the date of July 15, during the off season.[7]

With Olympiacos, he won the Euroleague and Greek League championships in 2012. Papanikolaou was voted the Euroleague Rising Star for the Euroleague 2012-13 season.[8] With Olympiacos, he also won the 2012-13 season championship of the Euroleague.

FC Barcelona[edit]

In the summer of 2013, Papanikolaou moved to the Spanish League club FC Barcelona,[9] after signing a 3 year contract, with an option for a 4th year.[10] Barcelona bought Papanikolaou out of his Olympiacos contract, paying a transfer buyout fee of €1.5 million euros to Olympiacos, and giving Papanikolaou a contract worth €5.5 million euros net income during the contract's first 3 years (the 4th optional year would be at an additional salary).[11] The contract includes NBA buyout clauses in the amounts of €1 million euros in the summer off season of 2014, and €750,000 euros in the summer off season of 2015. The total cost of his transfer fee came to €12.5 million euros, with the €5.5 million euros in net income salary of the contract's first 3 non-optional years coming to €11 million euros in gross income salary, plus the €1.5 million euros transfer fee.[12]


Papanikolaou was drafted by the NBA's New York Knicks, with the 48th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft. Less than three weeks later, his draft rights were traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, as part of a larger trade. On July 10, 2013, the Trail Blazers traded his draft rights to the Houston Rockets, as part of a trade for Thomas Robinson.[13]

Greek national team[edit]

As a member of the junior national basketball teams of Greece, Papanikolaou won the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and the gold medal at the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He also won the silver medal at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. Papanikolaou also won the gold medal at the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he was also named to the All-Tournament Team and won the MVP award.[14]

In August 2009, he made his debut with the senior Greek national basketball team in a friendly match. He also won the silver medal at the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship with Greece's junior national team, where he was also named to the All-Tournament Team.[15] With Greece's senior national team, he played at FIBA EuroBasket 2011, the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and FIBA EuroBasket 2013.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Pro career[edit]

Greek national team[edit]

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

  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 Papanikolaou's team won the Euroleague
Led the league
2009–10 Olympiacos 6 1 6.4 .250 .000 .500 1.2 .8 .5 .0 .8 2.0
2010–11 Olympiacos 16 14 13.7 .447 .435 .647 3.1 .3 .6 .1 3.9 4.6
2011–12 Olympiacos 22 13 19.8 .490 .333 .688 3.4 .6 .5 .3 6.1 7.4
2012–13 Olympiacos 31 30 23.8 .497 .521 .723 4.4 1.4 .9 .7 8.7 11.7
2013–14 Barcelona 28 27 25.0 .507 .361 .500 3.4 2.2 .8 .5 6.9 8.5
Career 103 85 20.7 .490 .425 .642 3.5 1.2 .7 .4 6.5 8.2


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Serbia Miroslav Raduljica
FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP
Succeeded by
France Andrew Albicy