Kostas Papanikolaou

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Kostas Papanikolaou
Κώστας Παπανικολάου
Kostas Papanikolaou2011.jpg
Papanikolaou in warm-ups with Olympiacos
No. 16 – Houston Rockets
Position Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1990-07-31) July 31, 1990 (age 24)
Trikala, Greece
Nationality Greek
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2012 / Round: 2 / Pick: 48th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 Aris (Greece)
2009–2013 Olympiacos (Greece)
2013–2014 Barcelona (Spain)
2014–present Houston Rockets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Konstantinos "Kostas" Papanikolaou (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Παπανικολάου; born July 31, 1990) is a Greek professional basketball player who plays for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Greek national basketball team in the international competitions. Standing at 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m), he plays the small forward position.

Professional career[edit]

Aris[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.[1]

Olympiacos[edit]

On September 14, 2009, Papanikolaou signed a five-year, €1.3 million deal with Olympiacos[2] after Olympiacos paid a €950,000 buyout fee to Aris to secure his player rights.[3] Papanikolaou's contract with Olympiacos had an NBA buyout clause worth €1 million.[4]

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.[5] With Olympiacos, he also won the 2012–13 season Euroleague championship.

FC Barcelona[edit]

On July 20, 2013, Papanikolaou signed a four-year deal with Spanish League club FC Barcelona[6] after Barcelona bought Papanikolaou out of his contract with Olympiacos, paying a transfer buyout fee of €1.5 million to Olympiacos, and giving Papanikolaou a contract worth €5.5 million during the contract's first three years (the 4th optional year would be at an additional salary).[7] The contract included NBA buyout clauses in the amounts of €1.1 million for 2014,[8] and €750,000 for 2015.[9]

Barcelona went on to win the 2013–14 Spanish Liga ACB championship.

NBA[edit]

On June 28, 2012, Papanikolaou was selected with the 48th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the New York Knicks. On July 16, 2012, his rights were acquired by the Portland Trail Blazers via a trade that sent Raymond Felton to the Knicks.[10]

On July 10, 2013, Papanikolaou's rights were acquired by the Houston Rockets, via a trade that sent Thomas Robinson to the Trail Blazers.[11]

On September 23, 2014, Papanikolaou signed with the Houston Rockets.[12]

International career[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.[13]

In August 2009, he made his debut with the senior men's Greek national basketball team in a friendly game. He then 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.[14] With Greece's senior national team, he then played at FIBA EuroBasket 2011, the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, FIBA EuroBasket 2013, and the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Pro career[edit]

Greek national team[edit]

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

Note: Euroleague is not the only competition in which player participated for the team during the season.


Denotes seasons in which Papanikolaou won the Euroleague
Led the league

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
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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