|No. 7 – Olympiacos|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|League||Greek Basket League
7 August 1982 |
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|NBA draft||2004 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall|
|Selected by the Dallas Mavericks|
|Career highlights and awards|
Vassilis Spanoulis (Greek: Βασίλης Σπανούλης) (born August 7, 1982) is a Greek professional basketball player for Olympiacos Piraeus of the Greek Basket League and the Euroleague. A 6 ft 4 in (193 cm) tall combo guard, he is nicknamed Kill Bill, V-Span, and MVP ("Most Vassilis Player"). Spanoulis was named the Balkan Athlete of the Year in 2009, the All-Europe Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, the Vatican's World Athlete of the Year (Giuseppe Sciacca Award) in 2013 and the Euroleague MVP in 2013 as well. He has earned a record seven All-Euroleague Team selections.
Spanoulis first played for Gymnastikos S. Larissa, and enjoyed a highly successful career start, winning the Greek Basket League's Best Young Player award in 2002. His skill-set earned him a transfer to Athens and Maroussi. Following an impressive 2004–05 season, during which he helped to lead Maroussi to the Greek Basket League Finals, and the Eurocup quarterfinals, he moved to Panathinaikos, where he became one of European basketball's major stars.
In the 2005–06 Euroleague season, Spanoulis made his debut in impressive fashion, earning his first All-Euroleague Team selection as a rookie in the competition. After a stint in the NBA with the Houston Rockets during the 2006–07 season, he returned to Panathinaikos and helped to lead them to a Euroleague title in 2009, being voted as the Euroleague Final Four MVP. Spanoulis' transfer to Olympiacos, in the summer of 2010, marked a new step in his career. Within a young and rebuilding team, Spanoulis not only led a Euroleague title run in 2012, but went on to achieve a historical repeat in 2013. In the process he gained another two Euroleague Final Four MVP awards, thus joining Toni Kukoč as the only players in the history of European basketball to achieve that distinction on three occasions.
Spanoulis played an instrumental role on the Greek national team's FIBA EuroBasket 2005 gold medal team. Most importantly, he was one of the main stars of Greece's 2006 FIBA World Championship silver medal team, scoring 22 points in the memorable victory over Team USA (101–95) in the tournament's semifinals. It was however, Greece's bronze medal at the FIBA EuroBasket 2009, that emphasized Spanoulis' leadership within an injury-plagued Greek national team, consequently earning an All-EuroBasket Team honor.
- 1 Professional career
- 2 Greek national team
- 3 Personal
- 4 Club career statistics
- 5 Greek national team career statistics
- 6 Awards and accomplishments
- 7 External links
- 8 Notes and references
Gymnastikos S. Larissa
Spanoulis began his basketball career with the youth teams of Gymnastikos and Keravnos in Larissa, Greece, playing in the junior levels from 1994, until 1999. He made his professional debut in the year 1999, at the age of 17, with the senior club of Gymnastikos S. Larissa. In the two seasons of 1999–00 and 2000–01, he played in the Greek A2 League with Gymnastikos.
After playing with Gymnastikos S. Larissa for three seasons, Spanoulis signed a four-year contract with Maroussi of the Greek Basket League, EuroChallenge, and later the Eurocup, and played there until 2005.
During the 2001–02 season, Spanoulis helped to lead Maroussi to the Greek Cup Final. This was the first time the team had ever made it to the Greek Cup championship game. Maroussi also competed in the Korać Cup that year.
During the 2002–03 season, Spanoulis helped to lead Maroussi to the Final Four of the EuroChallenge. Spanoulis averaged 10.8 points per game and 6.4 assists per game off the bench for Maroussi. He also shot 40% from three-point range. He was also named the Greek League Best Young Player.
In the 2003–04 season, Vassilis helped to lead Maroussi to the Greek Basket League Finals, and also to the EuroChallenge Final. He was also named the Greek League Most Improved Player. Spanoulis was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2004 NBA Draft, by the Dallas Mavericks, following this sudden emergence. He also made it onto the senior men's Greek national basketball team at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympic Games.
In the 2004–05 season, his last with Maroussi, Spanoulis averaged 15.9 points per game and shot 37.8% from 3-point range, in 35 games of Greek Basket League competition. He then averaged 15.2 points per game, and shot 40.0% from 3-point range, in 12 games of play in the Eurocup. For the year in total, Spanoulis averaged 15.7 points per game, and shot 38.3% from 3-point range, in 47 games for Maroussi. He played in the 2005 Greek League All-Star Game, and was named to the Greek Basket League's Best Five Team. This was a breakthrough year for Vassilis, as he had averaged 11.1 points per game the previous year. He was considered to be one of the most improved players in Europe for the year. He helped to lead Maroussi to the 2nd place of the Greek Basket League, for the regular season. At the end of the year, Spanoulis was voted European 6th Man of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the Eurocup. He started being called, "The Greek Steve Nash", by some European fans in Europe after this year.
Following his outstanding season in 2004–05 with Maroussi, he signed a 3-year contract worth €1.6 million euros net income with Euroleague powerhouse Panathinaikos Athens. Spanoulis and his agent, Misko Ražnatović, set the contract terms so that Spanoulis would have a buyout clause after just one year, and set the buyout amount at US $400,000.
With Panathinaikos, in the Greek Basket League 2005–06 season, he won the both Greek Basket League championship and the Greek Cup. His team went 24–2 during the Greek Basket League regular season, and 8–0 during the playoffs, for an overall record of 32–2 in the league championship, and also went undefeated in the Cup, at 5–0, for an overall record of 37–2 in Greek competitions. He played in the 2006 Greek League All-Star Game, and was named to the Greek Basket League's Best Five team.
In 28.8 minutes per game of play, during the 2005–06 Euroleague competition, Spanoulis averaged 14.6 points, 3.1 assists, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.4 steals, in 23 games of Euroleague play, with Panathinaikos Athens for the season. He also shot 61.8% in 2-point shooting, and 36.8% from 3-point range; 53.4% overall.
He was the team's leading scorer, even though he often came off the bench. He won the Euroleague MVP of the Week Award twice during the season. In 2005–06, his team finished the Euroleague with a record of 16–7. Spanoulis was also voted as the 7th best worldwide European player of the year (including NBA players) in 2006, by FIBA Europe, in their FIBA Europe Player of the Year Award voting.
On July 19, 2006, Spanoulis opted out of the final two years of his contract with Panathinaikos Athens, and signed a three-year deal (2 years guaranteed) with the NBA's Houston Rockets, who paid for his contract buyout from Panathinaikos. The contract was worth $5,832,000 USD, his buyout from his European club was $400,000 USD.
The contract amount was for an average of $1,944,000 USD per season. The Rockets had acquired the rights to Spanoulis on draft night (June 24, 2004), when Houston swapped draft pick #55 Luis Flores, and cash considerations of $300,000 USD with the Dallas Mavericks, for Spanoulis (pick #50).
“He’s a very versatile ball handler,” Rockets [then] general manager, Carroll Dawson, said. “He’s a good finisher and a very good prospect. He wants to be a great player. Everybody is going to like this young man because he is a very hard-nosed player. We have watched his progress very closely,” Dawson said. “It’s a big adjustment to come to the NBA from Europe, but he is a hard worker.”
Rockets [then] Director of Player Personnel, Dennis Lindsey, stated the following about Spanoulis prior to the team signing him. "We're very, very happy with his progress," said Lindsey. "He changed clubs this year from Maroussi to the bigger club this year, Panathinaikos. For those not familiar with European basketball, they are like the New York Yankees of Greece and one of the two or three better organizations in Europe. They are an NBA level club. From our standpoint, we really like what Vassilis has done. He is their leading scorer. They are 9–1 in the Euroleague and they have already qualified for the top sixteen."
Lindsey praised Spanoulis' offensive ability. "He's got a couple of characteristics that we like," added Lindsey. "He can really drive and get the ball in the paint, and he's relentless with it. He kind of plays basketball like a fullback a little bit, where he just kind of breaks through the line and there's contact on a lot of plays."
"The owner and Jeff and Carroll really like what they've seen so far and we've made a couple of trips over and hopefully in the near future we can have him as a Rocket because we think he can help us."
2006–07 NBA season
Spanoulis saw limited playing time with the Houston Rockets during his rookie NBA year in 2006–07, averaging 2.7 points and 0.9 assists in 8.8 minutes per game, on 31.9% field goal shooting (17.2% from behind the 3-point line), in 31 games played off the bench.
During Spanoulis' first NBA season, there was a dispute between him and Rockets head coach, Jeff Van Gundy, over playing time. There was an issue between the team's management, Spanoulis, and the coach as well, over the contract that Spanoulis had signed. In order to sign with the Rockets, and fulfill his dreams of playing in the NBA, Spanoulis took a considerably smaller contract than the one that was being offered to him by his Greek team, Panathinaikos Athens. He still had two years under his contract with Panathinaikos, but his buyout was small, and could be paid by the Rockets.
Spanoulis agreed to play for Houston, at a price of $1,944,000 USD gross income per season, for 3 years, passing up on his former team Panathinaikos Athens' much larger offer of €1.6 million euros net income per season, over 3 years, just for a chance of playing in the NBA. Spanoulis made the Rockets' rotation, but eventually, there was a falling out between him and Rockets coach Van Gundy, after Van Gundy benched Spanoulis, after the coach claimed that he had played poorly, citing that rookie players are dangerous for coaches that are in contract years, and that Spanoulis was too turnover prone and lacking in outside shooting touch to be a good fit in Van Gundy's offensive system design. Said Van Gundy about the situation: "(Spanoulis) says, 'I was [Tracy] McGrady back home.' Great. McGrady is McGrady here," .. "I feel badly for him. He feels he was misled. Frankly, he's been his own worst enemy in many ways. Some of it is excuses. His turnovers have been high; his fouls have been high; his shooting percentage has been low. I would rather anybody start out with self-evaluation — what can I do better? — versus lash out and blame. Because I'm not playing him now doesn't mean he won't play in the future or we don't feel he could be a good player. I think he's allowed his disappointment to go to discouragement, which has, at times, stunted his improvement. We'll see. We'll see."
Spanoulis was traded by the Rockets, to the San Antonio Spurs, on July 12, 2007, along with a 2009 second-round draft pick, in exchange for center Jackie Butler, and the rights to Argentinian power forward Luis Scola. On August 19, 2007, the Spurs released Spanoulis, giving him the chance to return to Greece to play for Panathinaikos Athens, as he had requested. This was officially announced on August 23, 2007.
Allegedly, due to "family reasons," Spanoulis decided that he would not remain in the NBA, with his agent going as far as, comparing the Rockets reluctance to break his contract to slavery. Spanoulis, instead opted to return to Panathinaikos, to once again play in the Greek Basket League and the Euroleague.
In June 2013, Spanoulis claimed that Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy told him on the first day he arrived at Houston that since he was a rookie, and unfamiliar to Van Gundy, he would be benched for the season. Spanoulis also claimed that the Houston Rockets' next head coach, Rick Adelman, wanted to keep him, and also that both Tony Parker and Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs were interested in having him on their team.
Back to Panathinaikos Athens
On August 19, 2007, Spanoulis was released by the San Antonio Spurs, after deciding he wanted to play in Greece during the 2007–08 season. This was due to the fact that his mother was in poor health, and that Spanoulis wanted to be near her. Spanoulis signed a 3-year contract with Panathinaikos, the then defending Euroleague champions. He was signed to play both point guard and shooting guard, along with fellow Greek national team star, Dimitris Diamantidis. Former NBA player, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, would later join them in the team's guard rotation.
The contract Spanoulis signed was for 3-years, at €5,500,000 euros net income salary, plus a $1,166,400 contract buyout from his NBA San Antonio Spurs contract (Panathinaikos paid the buyout, so it did not count against the Spurs' salary cap). Spanoulis' agent set up the contract so that Spanoulis could opt out of it after one year. Spanoulis originally stated that, after the first year of his contract, he might opt out of it and return to San Antonio to play in the NBA again.
During the 2007–08 season, Spanoulis led his team, Panathinaikos, in both points scored (661) and assists (215), over 36 Greek Basket League, and 20 Euroleague games. He averaged 11.8 points per game and 3.8 assists per game for the season, in 56 games total. Spanoulis was the Greek Basket League assists leader. He was voted as a starter to the Greek League All-Star Game, and to the Greek Basket League's Best Five Team.
Spanoulis helped Panathinaikos win the Greek basketball double, as the club won both the Greek Basket League championship, and the Greek Cup in 2008. In the Greek Cup Final, against Panathinaikos' arch-rival Olympiacos, Spanoulis helped to lead his team to the championship cup victory, by scoring 20 points and dishing out 7 assists.
In 2009, Spanoulis led Panathinaikos to the coveted Triple Crown championship, as they won the Euroleague 2008-09 season championship, the Greek League 2008-09 season championship, and the Greek Cup championship, all in the same season. Spanoulis was named the 2009 Euroleague Final Four MVP, and also the 2009 Greek League MVP. Following this season, Spanoulis was named the Balkan Athlete of the Year in 2009, an award given to the best athlete of the Balkans region.
He also won the Greek League 2009-10 season championship with Panathinaikos.
In July 2010, after much speculation concerning his free agency and his next contract, Spanoulis signed a three-year contract with the Greek Basket League club Olympiacos Piraeus, worth €13,200,000 gross income, or €7,200,000 net income.
In his first year with Olympiacos, Spanoulis won the Greek Cup, was named to the All-Euroleague Second Team, and was the Greek Basket League assists leader. In 2012, he won both the Euroleague and Greek Basket League championships. He was also named to the All-Euroleague First Team, and won the Euroleague Final Four MVP for the second time in his career. He became the fourth player to win the award multiple times. Furthermore, he once again led the Greek League in assists. Finally, Spanoulis was named the All-Europe Player of the Year in 2012.
Spanoulis was named the Euroleague MVP in 2013. He was also named the 2013 Euroleague Final Four MVP, after once again leading Olympiacos to the Euroleague championship. He became just the second player to win both the Euroleague MVP and the Euroleague Final Four MVP in the same season, along with Dimitris Diamantidis; and he also became just the second player to win the Euroleague Final Four MVP award 3 times, along with Toni Kukoč.
He signed a 3-year contract extension with Olympiacos in July 2013. With Olympiacos, he won the 2013 edition of the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, being named the MVP of the tournament. Spanoulis also won the Giuseppe Sciacca International Award for Sport, an award given by the Vatican to the World's Best Athlete of the Year, between the ages of 18 to 35, in 2013.
He was named the All-Europe Player of the Year for the second time in 2013. In May 2014, he was named to the All-Euroleague Team for the sixth time in his career. In May 2015, he was chosen to the All-Euroleague First Team for his performance during the season, his seventh All-Euroleague Team honour, which is a record in European basketball history (shared with Juan Carlos Navarro).
Greek national team
Spanoulis was a key member of the Greek national junior team at the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in the year 2000. Greece finished in third place in the tournament, winning the bronze medal. Spanoulis was on the Greek national junior team that finished in first place, and thus won the gold medal, at the 2002 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. During the 2002 FIBA Europe Under-20 championship final game, Spanoulis sank two clutch free throws, with just 13 seconds remaining on the game clock, to clinch a win over the Spanish national junior team, and win the gold.
Spanoulis also played with Greece's national team at the 2001 Mediterranean Games. He was a key member of the team for Greece during the tournament. Greece finished in second place in the tournament, winning the silver medal. He was a part of Greece's team that won the 2006 Stanković Continental Champions' Cup. Greece beat both Australia and Germany, whose team included NBA star Dirk Nowitzki, to win the tournament. Spanoulis led Greece in scoring during the tournament.
Spanoulis was named the MVP, of both the 2007 and 2009 Acropolis Tournaments, in Athens, and he also won the same tournament 8 times with the Greek national team, in the years 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013.
Summer Olympic Games
Spanoulis made his debut with the senior men's Greek national basketball team, for the first time, in the summer of 2004, when he was selected by his then head coach at Maroussi, Greek basketball legend, Panagiotis Giannakis, to be a member of the Greek squad during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, which were held in Athens, Greece. Spanoulis was able to play in front of his home country's fans at Helliniko Olympic Arena, as Greece was the game's host country. Greece finished in 5th place in the tournament, losing to Manu Ginóbili and the eventual gold-medal winning Argentine national basketball team, 69–64, in the quarterfinals. This was tied for the 2nd highest finish for Greece, in basketball at the Olympics, in its history. The 5th-place finish, making Greece one of the top 5 national teams in the world, was the beginning of Greece's great run in international tournaments during the 2000s.
At the FIBA EuroBasket 2005, Spanoulis was a key member of the Greek team that won the FIBA EuroBasket and took home the gold medal. It was just the second time in Greece's history, that the senior men's national basketball team won the gold medal at the EuroBasket, and the first time since FIBA EuroBasket 1987, when the legendary Nikos Galis, led Greece's national team.
Two years later, at the FIBA EuroBasket 2007, Spanoulis was again part of Greece's team. Greece played the tournament shorthanded, as it was without key players Antonis Fotsis and Sofoklis Schortsanitis, and was not able to medal in the tournament. Greece finished in 4th place in the tournament, losing in the semifinal game against the Spanish national basketball team, and its many star players, like Marc Gasol, Juan Carlos Navarro, José Calderón, Sergio Rodríguez, Jorge Garbajosa, Rudy Fernández, and Pau Gasol. Spanoulis was the game's leading scorer, with 24 points, and he also dished out 5 assists, but Spain got the win, by a score of 82–77, over the depleted Greek squad. Spanoulis led the Greek team in scoring during the tournament, with a scoring average of 11.7 points per game.
At the FIBA EuroBasket 2009, Spanoulis averaged 14.1 points per game, and led Greece to the bronze medal. He was named to the All-Tournament Team. At the FIBA EuroBasket 2013, Spanoulis was third in the tournament in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game, and he led Greece to a victory over Spain during the tournament. At EuroBasket 2015, Greece was defeated in the quarter-finals by Spain. After the tournament, Spanoulis announced his retirement from the national team.
FIBA World Cup
Spanoulis was a member of the Greek team that competed at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, and he helped to lead the Greek team to the silver medal, as they finished in second place in the tournament. In the semifinal game against Team USA, he was the game's second-leading scorer, with 22 points, and along with his teammate, Theo Papaloukas, led Greece to victory over the USA, by a score of 101–95. Spanoulis led the Greek national team in scoring during the world championship, with an average of 11.7 points per game, and he also led the Greek team in free throw shooting percentage at 87.8%.
Spanoulis averaged 13.7 points per game at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
Fans have dubbed him V-Span and Kill Bill. He is the first Greek-born player to play for the Houston Rockets, and he was the third Greek-born player to play in the NBA. His basketball idol, and favorite player as a kid, was Michael Jordan.
He has been friends with fellow basketball players like Roderick Blakney, Jake Tsakalidis, Shane Battier, John Lucas III, Tracy McGrady, and Steve Novak. He is best friends with Nikos Zisis, and he was the best man at Zisis' wedding. He is married to Miss Star Hellas 2006, Olympia Chopsonidou.
Club career statistics
|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 Spanoulis won the Euroleague|
Greek national team career statistics
|GP||Games played||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|
|2000 FIBA U-18 European Championship||Greece U-18||8||25.9||.579||.286||.786||1.1||1.9||.5||.0||10.1|
|2002 FIBA U-20 European Championship
|2002 FIBA U-20 European Championship||8||31.3||.467||.477||.875||3.1||5.5||.9||.0||16.0|
|2004 Summer Olympic Games||Greece||6||11.0||.444||.500||.750||0.7||1.0||.3||.0||3.8|
|FIBA EuroBasket 2005||7||10.3||.227||.100||.600||1.1||0.3||.3||.0||2.4|
|2006 FIBA World Championship||9||27.2||.358||.262||.878||1.8||1.3||1.2||.0||11.7|
|FIBA EuroBasket 2007||9||26.1||.418||.303||.576||1.8||2.0||1.1||.0||11.7|
|2008 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament||4||24.0||.474||.400||.900||2.5||3.8||2.8||.0||12.8|
|2008 Summer Olympic Games||6||28.2||.531||.273||.632||3.0||3.0||1.3||.0||14.3|
|FIBA EuroBasket 2009||9||31.3||.458||.436||.829||2.7||4.2||1.4||.1||14.1|
|2010 FIBA World Championship||6||29.3||.520||.419||.810||1.0||2.3||1.2||.0||13.7|
|2012 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament||3||26.3||.613||.500||.619||2.7||5.7||0.3||.0||19.3|
|FIBA EuroBasket 2013||6||30.2||.439||.303||.780||3.3||2.5||0.7||.2||16.7|
|FIBA EuroBasket 2015||7||27.6||.411||.385||.727||2.3||5.3||0.3||.1||11.4|
Awards and accomplishments
- Euroleague champion: 2009
- Greek League champion: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
- Greek Cup champion: 2006, 2008, 2009
- Greek Cup Silver Medal: 2010
Olympiacos Piraeus B.C.
- Euroleague champion: 2012, 2013
- Euroleague Silver Medal: 2015
- FIBA Intercontinental Cup champion: 2013
- Greek League champion: 2012, 2015
- Greek Cup champion: 2011
- Greek Cup Silver Medal: 2012, 2013
Greek National Team
- 2000 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship: Bronze
- 2001 Mediterranean Games: Silver
- 2002 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: Gold
- FIBA EuroBasket 2005: Gold
- 2006 Stanković Continental Champions' Cup: Gold
- 2006 FIBA World Championship: Silver
- FIBA EuroBasket 2009: Bronze
- Acropolis Tournament champion: (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2015)
- 1× Euroleague MVP: 2013
- 3× Euroleague Final Four MVP: 2009, 2012, 2013
- 3× Euroleague MVP of the Month: 2012, 2013, 2015
- 4× Euroleague MVP of the Week: 2006 (2 times), 2014 (2 times)
- 7× All-Euroleague Team: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013
- 1× FIBA Intercontinental Cup MVP: 2013
- 1× Giuseppe Sciacca International Award for Sport (Vatican's World Athlete of the Year): 2013
- 2× All-Europe Player of the Year: 2012, 2013
- 1× Balkan Athlete of the Year: 2009
- 1× FIBA EuroBasket All-Tournament Team: 2009
- 2x Acropolis Tournament MVP: (2007, 2009)
- 2× Greek League MVP: 2009, 2012
- 1× Greek League Best Young Player: 2003
- 1× Greek League Most Improved Player: 2004
- 8× All-Greek League Team: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
- 5× Greek League assists leader: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
- Triple Crown champion: 2009
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- MVP: Most Vassilis Player.
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- Eurobasket.com European Awards 2012 - Men Basketball.
- Euroleague.net Vassilis Spanoulis, named bwin MVP of the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague.
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