Mavrokefalidis warming up with AEK Athens in 2015
|League||Greek A2 League|
|Born||July 25, 1984|
|Listed height||6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)|
|Listed weight||265 lb (120 kg)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall|
|Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves|
|2011–2013||Spartak St. Petersburg|
|2016–2017||Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles|
|2017–2018||Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius|
|Career highlights and awards|
Loukas Mavrokefalidis (alternate spelling: Mavrokefalides) (Greek: Λουκάς Μαυροκεφαλίδης; born July 25, 1984) is a Greek professional basketball player that last played for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius of the Lithuanian Basketball League. He has also represented the senior Greek national team. He was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2nd round (57th overall) of the 2006 NBA draft.
- 1 Professional career
- 2 National team career
- 3 Career statistics
- 4 Awards and accomplishments
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Mavrokefalidis started his professional career with PAOK, after moving to Thessaloniki from Kilkis, where his parents come from. From the first days of his professional career, PAOK head coach Bane Prelević took advantage of his height and decided to play him at the center position, which, as it was proved later in his career, fit him very well.
Mavrokefalidis played for PAOK in the Greek Basket League during the Greek League 2005–06 season, averaging 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. He played in the Greek All-Star Game and he won the Greek League's Most Improved Player Award that year. After many months of hard work, Mavrokefalidis was almost always a member of the starting five in PAOK, creating havoc to the opposition's defense with his ability to get to the rim and make easy buckets or exciting dunks. He also became a defensive force, chasing down rebounds relentlessly, something that can be shown by the 8.4 rebounds per game that he averaged during the 2005–06 season.
During the summer of 2006, Mavrokefalidis was signed by Virtus Roma of the Italian League, but he was not established as a key member of the team, averaging just 2 points and 1 rebound per game. In February 2007, he was transferred from Roma to Pamesa Valencia of the Spanish ACB League, in exchange for Roberto Chiacig and Jon Stefánsson. On July 12, 2007, Mavrokefalidis joined Olympiacos. In 2008, Mavrokefalidis moved to Maroussi. In 2009, he re-signed with Olympiacos through the 2010–11 season.
In 2011, Mavrokefalidis was signed by the Russian League club Spartak Saint Petersburg to a 2-year contract worth €2.4 million euros net income. He was named to the All-EuroCup Second Team in 2013. He signed with the Spanish League club FC Barcelona in May 2013.
On 10 July 2013, even though the Greek media were saying that Mavrokefalidis was very close to signing with Olympiacos, he was instead announced as a signing of Panathinaikos. In the 2015 Greek Basket League playoffs, he was the best player for Panathinaikos, averaging 18.4 points, 8.1 rebounds (5.8 offensive rebounds), and 2.2 assists per game.
In December 2016, Mavrokefalidis joined the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) club Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles for the 2016–17 CBA season. He became the first Greek player to ever play in China. He averaged 19.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.
Back to Europe
On February 20, 2017, Mavrokefalidis returned to the Greek club AEK Athens, signing a contract with them for the rest of the season. On September 25, 2017, Mavrokefalidis signed with Lithuanian club Lietuvos rytas Vilnius, for the 2017–18 season.
National team career
Greek junior national team
Mavrokefalidis helped Greece win the bronze medal at the 2003 FIBA Under-19 World Cup. He also played at the 2004 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. In 2005, Mavrokefalidis' contribution during the FIBA Under-21 World Cup was very significant, as Mavrokefalidis greatly helped the Under-21 Greek National Basketball Team win the silver medal, after losing to Lithuania by just two points in the gold medal game.
Greek senior national team
A year later, in 2006, the senior men's Greek national basketball team head coach Panagiotis Giannakis became impressed by the Mavrokefalidis' abilities and called him to participate in the Greek basketball senior men's training camp, one month before the 2006 FIBA World Championship took place in Japan. However, as he was selected in the 2006 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Mavrokefalidis informed the coach shortly before the outset of the World Championship that he had decided to go back to Minnesota and participate in performance improvement training camps, and thus he lost the team's 12th man roster place to Sofoklis Schortsanitis.
In 2011, Mavrokefalidis was given a 2-month suspension from all competitions by the Hellenic Basketball Federation, for refusing to play for Greece's national team for the second consecutive summer. However, two years later, he played with the Greek senior men's national team at the EuroBasket 2013.
|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||Bold||Career high||Led the league|
Note: Only games in the primary domestic competitions are included. Therefore, games in cup or European competitions are left out.
Awards and accomplishments
Greek junior national team
- 4× Greek League All-Star: 2006, 2009, 2011, 2014
- Greek League Most Improved Player: 2006
- 4× Greek Cup winner: 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015
- All-EuroCup Second Team: 2013
- Greek League champion: 2014
- Greek Cup MVP: 2015
- 2× Greek League Best Five: 2015, 2016
- Greek League Regular Season Top Scorer: 2016
- Eurocupbasketball.com Article.
- Mavrokefalidis Olympiacos BC's latest addition. Archived 2007-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
- Reds add Vasiliadis, Roberts, Mavrokefalidis
- Maroussi adds size with Loukas Mavrokefalidis.
- Euroleague.net OLYMPIACOS locks Mavrokefalides up till '11.
- Eurocupbasketball.com Spartak St. Petersburg lands Mavrokefalidis.
- Redplanet.gr Υπέγραψε στην Σπαρτάκ ο Μαυροκεφαλίδης (in Greek). Archived 2011-08-12 at the Wayback Machine
- Eurocupbasketball.com Star power fills 2012-13 All-Eurocup teams!
- Eurohoops.net Mavrokefalidis is signing with Barcelona. Archived 2013-06-13 at the Wayback Machine
- Mavrokefalidis: “Adaptation and assistance”
- "Panathinaikos announced Loukas Mavrokefalides". Sportando. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- "AEK Athens lands center Mavrokefalidis". Eurocupbasketball.com. August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
- A1Basket.gr Basket League Greece 2015-2016 All Teams' Top 3 Scorers
- Qingdao Eagles welcomed Loukas Mavrokefalidis.
- 卢卡斯·M资料 (in Chinese).
- Loukas Mavrokefalidis is back in AEK.
- "Vilniaus "Lietuvos ryto" komandoje – graikų aukštaūgis Loukas Mavrokefalidis". bcvilnius.lt (in Lithuanian). September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
- Loukas Mavrokefalidis signs with Lietuvos Rytas
- Talkbasket.net Mavrokefalides banned for two months.
- NBA.com Profile
- Euroleague.net Profile
- FIBA Profile
- Eurobasket.com Profile
- Greek Basket League Profile (in English)
- Greek Basket League Profile (in Greek)
- United League Profile
- Russian League Profile
- Italian League Profile (in Italian)
- Spanish League Profile (in Spanish)
- EuroCup Loukas Mavrokefalidis Article