Vangelis Mantzaris

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Vangelis Mantzaris
Basketball match Greece vs France on 02 September 2017 21.jpg
Mantzaris during EuroBasket 2017
No. 17 – Olympiacos
PositionPoint guard
LeagueGreek Basket League
Personal information
Born (1990-04-16) April 16, 1990 (age 29)
Athens, Greece
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2012 / Undrafted
Playing career2007–present
Career history
Career highlights and awards

Evangelos "Vangelis" Mantzaris (Greek: Ευάγγελος "Βαγγέλης" Μάντζαρης; born April 16, 1990) is a Greek professional basketball player for Olympiacos of the Greek Basket League (GBL) and the EuroLeague. He is a 1.96 m (6'5") tall point guard, who also plays at the shooting guard position. He also represents the senior Greek national team internationally.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

Mantzaris during a Olympiacos game in the EuroLeague in 2013


Mantzaris began his professional career in the Greek 2nd Division with Peristeri, the team of his hometown. With Peristeri, he won the Greek 2nd Division championship in 2009.


On September 5, 2011, Mantzaris signed a four-year deal with the top-tier level Greek Basket League and EuroLeague club Olympiacos Piraeus.[3] He won both the EuroLeague and Greek League championships in 2012, being a useful tool for the team of coach Dušan Ivković, especially due to his defensive ability.

In January 2013, Mantzaris suffered a season-ending knee injury, after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a Greek Basket League derby against PAOK Thessaloniki at PAOK Sports Arena.[4] Despite suffering the knee injury, he remained close to his teammates both in and out of the locker room in order to support them, as they won the EuroLeague 2012–13 season championship. Mantzaris returned to action seven months later and in early October of the same year won the FIBA Intercontinental Cup against Pinheiros at Ginásio José Corrêa, Brazil. In the two finals, he averaged 9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3 assists, helping Olympiacos to celebrate the title. On 29 July 2014, Mantzaris extended his contract with Olympiacos through 2017.[5]

Mantzaris won the Greek League 2014–15 season and Greek League 2015–16 season national domestic championships with Olympiacos, under the instructions of former Houston Rockets assistant coach, Ioannis Sfairopoulos, being the starting point guard of his team in both seasons. He also competed in the 2015 EuroLeague Finals versus Real Madrid, in Madrid, and in the 2017 EuroLeague Finals against Fenerbahçe, in Istanbul, however without earning the trophy.

On June 16, 2017, Mantzaris signed a three-year contract extension with Olympiacos.[6]

National team career[edit]

Greek junior national team[edit]

As a member of the junior national basketball teams of Greece, Mantzaris won the gold medal at the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and the silver medal at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Cup. Mantzaris also won the gold medal at the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, and the silver medal at the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, with Greece's junior national teams.

Greek senior national team[edit]

Mantzaris became a member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team in 2011. He was a member of Greece's senior national teams that played at the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and the EuroBasket 2015. He also played at the 2016 Turin FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, and at the EuroBasket 2017.

He also represented Greece at the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification.

Career statistics[edit]

  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
 Bold  Career high

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, and regional competition if applicable.


2011–12 Olympiacos 18 14 14.1 .212 .364 .385 2.3 .9 .6 .0 1.9 2.8
2012–13 15 15 20.9 .419 .438 .750 2.5 2.3 .9 .1 3.5 4.9
2013–14 29 25 23.6 .387 .364 .607 3.4 3.2 .7 .0 4.5 6.9
2014–15 29 29 22.4 .433 .365 .609 2.2 2.5 .6 .0 5.1 5.6
2015–16 24 24 22.9 .405 .447 .719 2.8 2.0 .7 .0 6.5 6.5
2016–17 37 37 23.7 .348 .364 .696 2.8 2.4 .7 .0 5.8 4.9
2017–18 31 12 19.7 .322 .275 .829 2.1 2.0 .7 .0 4.4 4.1
Career 183 156 21.5 .376 .365 .683 2.6 2.3 .7 .0 4.8 5.2

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Pro career[edit]

Greek junior national team[edit]


Mantzaris is a resident of Peristeri, which is a west suburb of Athens, and the biggest municipality of the Attica Region. His brother, Antonis Mantzaris, is also a professional basketball player. They were teammates from 2007, until the summer of 2011, with Peristeri Basketball Club. In 2009, they won the Greek 2nd Division championship with the club.


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