Loukas Mavrokefalidis

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Loukas Mavrokefalidis
Mavrokefalidis 2015.jpg
Mavrokefalidis warming up with AEK Athens in 2015
Ionikos Nikaias
PositionCenter
LeagueGreek A2 League
Personal information
Born (1984-07-25) July 25, 1984 (age 34)
Jeseník, Czechoslovakia
NationalityGreek
Listed height6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)
Listed weight265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2006 / Round: 2 / Pick: 57th overall
Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves
Playing career2002–present
Career history
2001–2006PAOK
2006–2007Virtus Roma
2007Valencia
2007–2011Olympiacos
2008–2009Maroussi
2011–2013Spartak St. Petersburg
2013Barcelona
2013–2015Panathinaikos
2015–2016AEK Athens
2016–2017Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles
2017AEK Athens
2017–2018Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
2018–presentIonikos Nikaias
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.

Born in Jeseník, Czechoslovakia, he is a 2.10 m (6'10 ​34"), 120 kg (265 lbs.) center.

Professional career[edit]

Europe[edit]

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.[1] 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.[2][3] In 2008, Mavrokefalidis moved to Maroussi.[4] In 2009, he re-signed with Olympiacos through the 2010–11 season.[5]

In 2011, Mavrokefalidis was signed by the Russian League club Spartak Saint Petersburg[6] to a 2-year contract worth 2.4 million euros net income.[7] He was named to the All-EuroCup Second Team in 2013.[8] He signed with the Spanish League club FC Barcelona in May 2013.[9]

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.[10][11] 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.

On August 10, 2015, he signed a one-year deal with AEK Athens.[12] Mavrokefalidis was the top scorer of AEK Athens in the 2015–16 Greek Basket League season, averaging 14.5 points per game.[13]

In 2018, he joined the Greek A2 League club Ionikos Nikaias.

China[edit]

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.[14] He averaged 19.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.[15]

Back to Europe[edit]

On February 20, 2017, Mavrokefalidis returned to the Greek club AEK Athens, signing a contract with them for the rest of the season.[16] On September 25, 2017, Mavrokefalidis signed with Lithuanian club Lietuvos rytas Vilnius, for the 2017–18 season.[17][18]

National team career[edit]

Greek junior national team[edit]

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[edit]

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.[19] However, two years later, he played with the Greek senior men's national team at the EuroBasket 2013.

Career statistics[edit]

Domestic leagues[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Legend
  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.

Year Team League GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 PAOK
GBL
2 3.4 .000 .000 .000 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002–03 PAOK
GBL
6 4.3 .636 .000 1.000 0.8 0.1 0.3 0.1 3.0
2003–04 PAOK
GBL
19 11.3 .535 .500 .861 3.6 0.4 0.3 0.4 4.9
2004–05 PAOK
GBL
14 7.0 .423 .000 .562 1.7 0.1 0.2 0.1 2.2
2005–06 PAOK
GBL
26 31.5 .553 .276 .796 8.1 1.0 0.7 0.5 16.5
2007–08 Olympiacos
GBL
17 9.4 .534 .000 .800 2.3 0.8 0.2 0.1 3.1
2008–09 Maroussi
GBL
26 24.2 .485 .280 .811 5.7 1.1 0.6 0.5 12.0
2009–10 Olympiacos
GBL
20 15.0 .644 .400 .851 2.9 0.9 0.6 0.3 7.9
2010–11 Olympiacos
GBL
24 17.2 .548 1.000 .790 4.2 0.7 0.5 0.5 9.0
2013–14 Panathinaikos
GBL
25 13.3 .579 .400 .756 3.7 1.2 0.3 0.2 6.8
2014–15 Panathinaikos
GBL
19 12.2 .441 .400 .678 3.2 0.9 0.7 0.3 5.2
2015–16 AEK Athens
GBL
26 25.3 .459 .431 .810 6.7 2.0 0.7 0.4 14.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team League GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2001–02 PAOK
GBL
2 1.3 1.000 .000 .000 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.0
2003–04 PAOK
GBL
2 5.1 1.000 .000 .500 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.5
2005–06 PAOK
GBL
3 28.1 .434 .000 .500 4.6 1.0 0.3 1.0 7.0
2007–08 Olympiacos
GBL
7 13.1 .700 .500 1.000 2.4 0.2 0.4 0.0 3.1
2008–09 Maroussi
GBL
10 23.2 .476 .166 .862 5.0 1.6 0.7 0.3 10.7
2009–10 Olympiacos
GBL
9 8.4 .551 1.000 .888 1.5 0.1 0.3 0.0 4.5
2010–11 Olympiacos
GBL
9 21.3 .571 .000 .772 3.2 1.4 0.4 0.2 11.6
2013–14 Panathinaikos
GBL
10 15.2 .465 .500 .823 3.6 0.7 0.5 0.7 10.9
2014–15 Panathinaikos
GBL
9 26.0 .548 .384 .678 8.1 2.2 0.7 0.3 18.4

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Greek junior national team[edit]

Pro clubs[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eurocupbasketball.com Article.
  2. ^ Mavrokefalidis Olympiacos BC's latest addition. Archived 2007-08-11 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Reds add Vasiliadis, Roberts, Mavrokefalidis
  4. ^ Maroussi adds size with Loukas Mavrokefalidis.
  5. ^ Euroleague.net OLYMPIACOS locks Mavrokefalides up till '11.
  6. ^ Eurocupbasketball.com Spartak St. Petersburg lands Mavrokefalidis.
  7. ^ Redplanet.gr Υπέγραψε στην Σπαρτάκ ο Μαυροκεφαλίδης (in Greek). Archived 2011-08-12 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Eurocupbasketball.com Star power fills 2012-13 All-Eurocup teams!
  9. ^ Eurohoops.net Mavrokefalidis is signing with Barcelona. Archived 2013-06-13 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Mavrokefalidis: “Adaptation and assistance”
  11. ^ "Panathinaikos announced Loukas Mavrokefalides". Sportando. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
  12. ^ "AEK Athens lands center Mavrokefalidis". Eurocupbasketball.com. August 10, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2015.
  13. ^ A1Basket.gr Basket League Greece 2015-2016 All Teams' Top 3 Scorers
  14. ^ Qingdao Eagles welcomed Loukas Mavrokefalidis.
  15. ^ 卢卡斯·M资料 (in Chinese).
  16. ^ Loukas Mavrokefalidis is back in AEK.
  17. ^ "Vilniaus "Lietuvos ryto" komandoje – graikų aukštaūgis Loukas Mavrokefalidis". bcvilnius.lt (in Lithuanian). September 25, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
  18. ^ Loukas Mavrokefalidis signs with Lietuvos Rytas
  19. ^ Talkbasket.net Mavrokefalides banned for two months.

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