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Prospect Profile

Kostas Papanikolaou

  • Full Name: Kostas Papanikolaou
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 210
  • Birthdate: July 31, 1990
  • College: Olympiacos (Greece)


  * Good shooter with 3-point range.
  * Hand-skilled guy who can pass and shoot
  * Good basketball IQ
  * Good cutter, uses picks and understands spacing


  * Soft body type, lacks strength
  * Below average athletically
  * Not a great defender

NBA projection:
To find the best (NBA) position for him could be an issue as he'll struggle against athletic SF. With a promising European career in front on him and a nice contract in Olympiacos, a perennial Euroleague contender, it would be hard to see him leaving that to get a rotation/marginal role in the NBA at this point. Second-round Draft pick and leave him in Europe for the time being.

2010-11 Season:
Taking on a larger role with Olympiacos but still not a top-tier performer by Euroleague standards.

Key statistics:
2010-11 Olympiacos – Greece A1: 17 mpg, 6.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg. FG 71%, 3PT 17%, FT 80%
Olympiacos – Euroleague: 13 mpg, 3.7 ppg, 3 rpg. FG 52%, 3PT 39%, FT 77%

Cool statistics:
Has won five medals in the last four summers with the u18-u20 Greek national team. Two golds (u18 Eurobasket 2008 and u20 Eurobasket 2009) and three silvers (u18 Eurobasket 2007, u19 World Championship and u20 Eurobasket 2010).

The 1989-90 Greek generation is one of the best group teams in Europe with players like Nikos Pappas, Kostas Sloukas, Giorgios Bogris and Leonidas Kasselakis. Kostas Papanikolaou was named MVP of u20 Eurobasket 2009 averaging 11.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocks.

Reminds me of:
Luke Jackson

What the Experts Say:
Nick Gibson, SLAM On-line
"I was instructed by both an NBA and a Euroleague official to take a peek at this kid that had impressed them in limited time vs. San Antonio. It didn't take long for Kostas to make an impression; he dove for loose balls, grabbed boards, and what struck me most was the way he cut fearlessly across the middle, hands up and ready to receive. In a few minutes against LeBron and Co. the following day, same story. If he expands his already diversified offensive game and keeps the attitude on track, we could see him reach Carlos Delfino levels in just a few years."

Current contract and team:
Good contract with Olympiacos on Greece (Greek League and Euroleague power)

Chris Denker and Carl Berman are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection."


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