David Stergakos

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David "Dave" Stergakos (Greek: Ντέιβιντ "Ντέιβ" Στεργάκος; born October 24, 1956) is a retired Greek American professional basketball player. At a height of 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m), he played at both the power forward and center positions.

College career[edit]

Stergakos played college basketball under the name David Nelson (Δαυίδ Νέλσον), at Bloomfield College, in the United States.

Professional playing career[edit]

Stergakos was selected by the Boston Celtics, in the 4th round of the 1978 NBA Draft, with the 62nd overall draft pick. He was the first Greek player ever selected by an NBA team.

A year later, in 1979, he moved to Panathinaikos, in Greece. He is one of the greatest players in Panathinaikos history, as he won 4 Greek League championships (1980, 1981, 1982, 1984), and 4 Greek Cups (1979, 1982, 1983, 1986). He was also a Greek Cup finalist in 1985. He was the Greek Cup Finals Top Scorer in 1986. In the 1987–88 season, he was the top rebounder in the Greek League, with an average of 12.2 rebounds per game.

Greek national basketball team[edit]

David Stergakos
Medal record
Representing  Greece
EuroBasket
Silver medal – second place 1989 Yugoslavia Greece

Stergakos was an important member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team that won the silver medal at EuroBasket 1989. He was also a member of the Greek national team that finished in 6th place at the 1990 FIBA World Championship.

Post playing career[edit]

After his playing career ended, Stergakos went into coaching, and then became a club manager.

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