Tsartsaris warming up before a game.
October 17, 1979 |
|Listed height||6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)|
|Listed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|1997–1998||U.M.F. Grindavik (Iceland)|
|1998–1999||Near East (Greece)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Konstantinos "Kostas" Tsartsaris (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Τσαρτσαρής) (born October 17, 1979 in Veria, Greece), is a retired Greek professional basketball player and current basketball coach, who spent most of his playing career with the Greek League team Panathinaikos. At 6 ft 10 ¾ in (2.10 m) tall and 115.4 kg (255 lb.) in weight, he played at the mainly at the power forward position, but he could also play at the center position if needed.
Tsartsaris was first noticed by professional Greek clubs as a wonder kid, when he was playing in the lower divisions for the team of Philippos of Veria. Because Philippos did not allow him to move to another Greek club, he chose at the age of 17 to move for one year (1997-98 season) to the Icelandic League club U.M.F. Grindavik. There he became one of the better rebounders of the Icelandic League.
He returned to Greece in 1998, and he was signed on a free transfer by Near East. The following year, he moved to Peristeri, and in 2002, he moved to Panathinaikos. With Panathinaikos, he was the Greek Cup MVP for 3 consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008).
In June 2013, after conquering the double in Greece, by winning both the Greek League and Greek Cup in the same season, Tsartsaris announced his decision to finish his career, after wearing Panathinaikos' jersey for 11 successful years.
Greek national team
Tsartsaris began his coaching career in 2014.
Awards and Accomplishments
- Icelandic Cup Champion: (1998)
- Greek League Best Young Player: (1999)
- 7x Greek League All-Star Game selection: (2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008)
- 10x Greek League Champion: (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
- 8x Greek Cup Champion: (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
- Greek League Best Five: (2004)
- 3x Greek Cup MVP: (2006, 2007, 2008)
- 3x Euroleague Champion: (2007, 2009, 2011)
- 2x Triple Crown Champion: (2007, 2009)
Greek national team
- 6x Acropolis Tournament Champion: (2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010)
- FIBA EuroBasket 2005: Gold
- 2006 FIBA Stanković Cup: Gold
- 2006 FIBA World Championship: Silver
- Euroleague.net Profile
- FIBA Profile
- Eurobasket.com Profile
- Draftexpress.com Kostas Tsartsaris' Stats
- Greek Basket League Profile (Greek)
- KKÍ.is Icelandic Premium League Profile