|No. 9 – Laboral Kutxa Baskonia|
November 17, 1983 |
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||270 lb (122 kg)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Ioannis Bourousis (alternate spellings: Giannis, Yiannis, Yannis, Mpourousis) (Greek: Γιάννης Μπουρούσης; born November 17, 1983) is a Greek professional basketball player who current plays for Laboral Kutxa Baskonia of the Liga ACB. He is a 7 ft 0¾ in (2.15 m) 270 lb (122 kg) center. Bourousis has been compared to FIBA Hall of Fame center Vlade Divac, by San Antonio Spurs' head coach Gregg Popovich.
Bourousis originally began his athletic career training to be a professional swimmer, but he grew too tall for the sport and instead took up playing basketball, at the age of 18. He began his professional career in the year 2001 with AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League. In 2006, he transferred to FC Barcelona of the Spanish ACB League. Later that same year, he joined the Greek Euroleague club Olympiacos.
In 2009, he was offered a 3-year $12 million contract by the NBA club the San Antonio Spurs. However, he turned down San Antonio's offer, and instead signed a 3-year contract extension with Olympiacos worth €5.1 million euros net income. The contract contained a €1 million euros buyout amount, which could only be used to sign with an NBA team. After 5 years with Olympiacos, the club decided to terminate his contract.
In summer 2011, just weeks before signing with Olimpia Milano, Bourousis was involved in a doping-related media controversy in Greece, after an unrelated football match-fixing probe of his (then future) father-in-law, Makis Psomiadis. However, Bourousis was quickly cleared of any suspected wrongdoing, after he submitted to drug testing for FIBA protocols, which are overseen by the World Anti-Doping Agency, in order to be cleared to play with Greece's national team at FIBA EuroBasket 2011.
On July 6, 2011, Bourousis then agreed to a two-year contract with the Italian A League club Olimpia Milano. In July 2013, Bourousis signed a contract with the Spanish League club Real Madrid. With Real Madrid, Bourousis won the Spanish Supercup in 2013 and the Spanish King's Cup 2014. In the summer of 2014, Real Madrid picked team option to keep him in the club for one more season.
In the 2014–15 season, Bourousis won the Euroleague 2014–15 season championship, after his team Real Madrid, defeated his former team, Olympiacos, by a score of 78–59 at the 2015 Euroleague Final Four. Real Madrid also eventually finished the season winning the 2014–15 Spanish League championship, after a 3–0 series score in the ACB Finals against Barcelona. With that trophy, they won the triple crown.
In September 2015, Bourousis signed a contract with the Spanish team Laboral Kutxa Baskonia. On 30 December 2015, he was named Player of the Month after being three times MVP of the week in the first half of the 2015–16 ACB season. He repeated again as Player of the Month in January 2016, after averaging 18.5 points per game and 7 rebounds per game, including 24 points scored in the win against Real Madrid.
Greek national team
Bourousis was a member of the junior Greek national basketball team that won the 2002 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship in Lithuania, and he was also on the senior men's Greek national basketball team that won the EuroBasket 2005 at Serbia. He was also a member of the Greek national teams that finished in 4th place in the EuroBasket 2007 at Spain, and in 5th place in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games at China. He also won the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2009.
During an international friendly game between the national teams of Greece and Serbia, during the 2010 Acropolis Tournament, the Serbian player, Nenad Krstić, hit Bourousis on the head with a chair. "I thought he was a fan attacking me", Krstić declared the next day. Bourousis first pressed charges against Krstić and decided to sue, but he quickly changed his mind and dropped them.
Bourousis was also a member of the Greek national teams that competed at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the EuroBasket 2011. He also played at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the EuroBasket 2013, the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and the EuroBasket 2015.
|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|
Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Bourousis won the Euroleague|
|2011–12||Olimpia Milano||Lega A||43||19.0||.622||.347||.755||5.8||1.0||.5||.7||11.6|
Awards and accomplishments
- Greek League Champion: (2002)
- 6x Greek League All-Star: (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)
- 3x Greek League Best Five Team: (2008, 2009, 2011)
- Greek All-Star Game MVP: (2009)
- All-Euroleague First Team: (2009)
- 2x Greek Cup Champion: (2010, 2011)
- 2x Spanish Cup Champion: (2014, 2015)
- 2x Spanish Supercup Champion: (2013, 2014)
- Euroleague Champion (2015)
- Spanish League Champion: (2015)
- Triple Crown: Champion (2015)
- Official Player Profile 2.15 m in height. archive.fiba.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
- ΜΠΟΥΡΟΥΣΗΣ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΣ Ημερ.Γέννησης: 17-11-1983 Θέση/'Υψος: C / 2,15 (Greek).
- MySanAntonio.com Greek center envisions future with the Spurs.
- RedPlanet.gr Πρόταση των Σπερς σε Μπουρούση (Greek).
- MySanAntonio.com Greek center envisions future with the Spurs.
- Ioannis Bourousis re-signs with Olympiacos (Lithuanian)}. Krepsinis.net. Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
- Euroleague.net OLYMPIACOS: Three more years for Bourousis. Admin.euroleague.net. Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
- (Greek) – Στο στόχαστρο της Οκλαχόμα ο Μπουρούσης (Greek)}. Redplanet.gr. Retrieved on 2011-06-01.
- Ekathimerini.com Bourousis caught up in doping scandal.
- Interbasket.net Greece: Ioannis Bourousis caught in Doping Scandal.
- RedPlanet.gr "Καθαρός" ο Μπουρούσης (Greek).
- Pianetabasket.com Ioannis Bourousis è "pulito", firma un biennale con Milano! (Italian).
- Milano inks Bourousis for two years.
- Euroleague.net REAL MADRID inks experienced big man Bourousis.
- "Real Madrid announced Ioannis Bourousis". Sportando. Retrieved 17 July 2013.
- "Ioannis Bourousis to stay with Real Madrid one more season". sportando.com. 24 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
- "Real Madrid is Euroleague champion for record ninth time!". euroleague.net. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Real Madrid make it 4 out of 4". marca.com (in Spanish). 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
- "Ioannis Bourousis, new Laboral Kutxa Baskonia Player". baskonia.com. September 27, 2015.
- "MVP Movistar+ del mes de Diciembre" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 29 December 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
- "Ioannis Bourousis, MVP Movistar+ de Enero" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 2 February 2016. Retrieved 2 February 2016.
- Ioannis Bourousis at acb.com (Spanish)
- Ioannis Bourousis at draftexpress.com
- Ioannis Bourousis at esake.gr (Greek)
- Ioannis Bourousis at eurobasket.com
- Ioannis Bourousis at euroleague.net
- Ioannis Bourousis at fiba.com
- Ioannis Bourousis at legabasket.it (Italian)
- Ioannis Bourousis at basket.gr (Greek)