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Panionios B.C.
2013–14 Panionios B.C. season
Panionios B.C. logo
Nickname Historic
Leagues Greek Basket League
Founded 1919
History 1919–Present
Arena Nea Smyrni Indoor Hall
Arena Capacity 2,000
Location Nea Smyrni, Athens, Greece
Team colors Blue and Red
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President Greece Antonis Margetis
Head coach Greece Vangelis Alexandris
Most recent season position Greek Basket League 4st[clarification needed] (Semifinalist)
Championships Greek Cup (1):
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Panionios B.C. (Greek: Πανιώνιος KAE) is the Greek professional basketball club that plays its home games in Nea Smyrni, Athens, Greece. The club is also widely known as Πανιώνιος Γυμναστικός Σύλλογος Σμύρνης, or Panionios Gymnastikos Syllogos Smyrnis, which is the Pan-Ionian Gymnastic Association of Smyrna. This is usually abbreviated to the club name of Πανιώνιος Γ.Σ.Σ. Panionios B.C. is the basketball department of the Panionios Gymnastic Club that is based in Nea Smyrni, Athens, Greece. The team's colors are blue and red.

Panionios B.C. has been a long-time club of the Greek Basket League, which is considered one of the best domestic basketball leagues in Europe. Panionios B.C. has also competed in the Euroleague. For sponsorship reasons, the club has also been known as Panionios On Telecoms, and Panionios Forthnet. The club is currently owned by Antonis Margetis, and was previously owned for several years by Elias Lianos, the founder of Proton Bank.

Some of the well-known players that have played with the club over the years have included: Fanis Christodoulou, Boban Janković, Panagiotis Giannakis, Theo Papaloukas, Jure Zdovc, Nikos Chatzis, Giorgos Sigalas, Faidon Matthaiou, Takis Koroneos, Angelos Koronios, Dimos Dikoudis, Žarko Paspalj, Thurl Bailey, P.J. Brown, Mitchell Wiggins, Travis Mays, Nikos Oikonomou, and Tyrese Rice, among others.


The basketball clubs' parent athletic union, the Panionios Gymnastic Club, was founded in 1890, in İzmir, Ottoman Empire (located today in the modern country of Turkey), making it one of the oldest sporting clubs in Europe. The sporting clubs' basketball department was founded in 1919. After the Greek military suffered defeat in the Greco-Turkish War in 1922, the club was transferred to the Athenian suburb of Nea Smyrni, in Greece.

The basketball department, Panionios B.C., began participation in the Greek Basket League starting in the 1928-29 season, and finished in second place in the league that year. Panionios B.C. finished in third place in the league the next year.

Panionios B.C. has competed in the top Greek basketball league, in consecutive years, since the 1981-82 season. In the 1986-87 season, Panionios played in the championship finals series of the Greek League, losing out to Aris Thessaloniki, and their two Greek basketball legends Nick Galis and Panagiotis Giannakis (Giannakis would later go on to play for Panionios). In 1991, led by Fanis Christodoulou, the team won the Greek Cup championship, by defeating PAOK Thessaloniki by a score of 73-70. Panionios also played in the championship game of the Greek Cup in both 1977 and 1995.

The club finished in 3rd place in the Greek League in the 1995-96 season, under head coach Dušan Ivković, and thus qualified to the Euroleague for the 1996-97 season. In the Euroleague 1996-97 season, the team was coached by Efthimis Kioumourtzoglou.

In the Greek League 2007-08 season, Panionios, led by Ivan Zoroski, Ioannis Kalampokis, and charismatic head coach Nenad Marković, finished in 3rd place. They came back from an 0-2 deficit in the deciding best-of-five series against Maroussi, and won the series 3-2, which secured the team a place in the Euroleague competition for the Euroleague 2008-09 season. This marked the club's first Euroleague appearance in more than a decade.[1]


Panionios plays its domestic Greek League home games at Nea Smyrni Indoor Hall, a small arena owned by the Nea Smyrni municipality, with a capacity of 2,000. They have also used Glyfada Indoor Hall, which has a capacity of 3,232. They have also often played home games at the Hellinicon Olympic Arena, which has a capacity of 15,000.[2] The municipality of Nea Smyrni has also promised to build the club a new modern-style arena, on top of the old Nea Smyrni Indoor Hall.


Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Panionios Nea Smyrni B.C. roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
PG 4 Greece Xanthopoulos, Vassilis 70001880000000000001.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
SF 5 Greece Petropoulos, Andreas 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
PG 6 Greece Verginis, Dimitrios 70001920000000000001.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
PF 7 Greece Tapoutos, Christos 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
C 8 Greece Koukoulas, Manolis 70002110000000000002.11 m (6 ft 11 in)
PF 9 Greece Spyropoulos, Tasos 70002049999999999992.05 m (6 ft 9 in)
SG 10 Slovenia Strnad, Nejc 70001900000000000001.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
SG 11 Greece Motsenigos, Spyros 70001950000000000001.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
SF 12 Greece Billis, Sotirios 70001980000000000001.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
PG 13 Greece Stamatis, Dimitrios 70001920000000000001.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
C 14 United States Woods, Tony 70002110000000000002.11 m (6 ft 11 in)
C 15 United States Coleman, William 70002060000000000002.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
PF 16 Russia Korolev, Yaroslav 70002080000000000002.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
PG 17 United States Tubbs, Justin 70001910000000000001.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
G/F 18 Greece Diamantopoulos, Georgios 70001960000000000001.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
SF 19 United States Hancock, Luke 70001980000000000001.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Greece

  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: 2014-11-04

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C Tony Woods William Coleman Manolis Koukoulas
PF Yaroslav Korolev Christos Tapoutos Tasos Spyropoulos
SF Luke Hancock Georgios Diamantopoulos Sotirios Billis Andreas Petropoulos
SG Dimitrios Verginis Nejc Strnad Spyros Motsenigos
PG Justin Tubbs Vassilis Xanthopoulos Dimitrios Stamatis

Transfers 2014–15 Season[edit]


Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined under FIBA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIBA nationality.

No. Position Player
19 United States SF Luke Hancock (from United States Louisville Cardinals)
16 Russia PF Yaroslav Korolev (from Russia Spartak Saint Petersburg)
17 United States SG Gabe Pruitt (from Cyprus Keravnos)
6 Greece PG Dimitrios Verginis (from Bulgaria Lukoil Academic)
4 Greece PG Vassilis Xanthopoulos (from Spain Obradoiro)


Note: Flags indicate national team, as has been defined under FIBA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIBA nationality.

No. Position Player
United States PG Errick McCollum (to China Zhejiang Golden Bulls)
Greece C Gaios Skordilis (to Greece Apollon Patras)
Greece PG Marios Batis (to Greece Apollon Patras)
United States PF Landon Milbourne (to Italy Pistoia Basket 2000)
Serbia SG Uroš Duvnjak (to Greece Nea Kifisia)
France C Guy-Marc Michel (to Greece KAOD)


Total titles: 1

Domestic competitions[edit]

International record[edit]

Season Achievement Notes
Korać Cup
1989–90 Quarter-finals eliminated by CSKA Moscow, 107-85 (W) in Athens and 53-106 (L) in Moscow
1992–93 Quarter-finals eliminated by Philips Milano, 78-79 (L) in Athens and 74-81 (L) in Milan
1993–94 Semi-finals eliminated by PAOK, 83-85 (L) in Athens and 64-82 (L) in Thessaloniki
1994–95 Quarter-finals eliminated by Stefanel Milano, 59-73 (L) in Milan and 82-73 (L) in Athens
1998–99 Semi-finals eliminated by FC Barcelona, 71-80 (L) in Athens and 61-91 (L) in Barcelona


Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Greek Cup European competitions
2011–12 1 Greek League 5 Semifinalist
2012–13 1 Greek League 3 Semifinalist 2 Eurocup – Regular season
2013–14 1 Greek League 3 Semifinalist 2 Eurocup – Last 32

Notable players[edit]

Notable coaches[edit]

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