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Full Name: Christos Tapoutos
Position: Forward
Height/Weight: 6-7 (2.00 m)/ 212 (96.2 kg)
Birthdate: September 21, 1982 (Triandrias, Greece)
Team: AEK (Greece)

Greek League
Three-point field goals: 1999-00, 0-for-3 (.000); 2000-01, 13-for-42 (.310); 2001-02, 8-for-19 (.421); 2002-03, 11-for-38 (.290). Totals: 32-for-102 (.314).

Three-point field goals: 2001-02, 1-for-4 (.250); 2002-03, 5-for-18 (.278). Totals: 6-for-22 (.273).

An early entry candidate for the 2003 NBA Draft. Originally applied for early entry into the 2002 NBA Draft, but withdrew his name from consideration Made his debut in the Greek League during the 1999-2000 season with Near East and also played there in the 2000-01 season. He switched to AEK for the 2001-02 season and also played there this season.

Career Notes: Now a member of the Greek National Team after previously being a member of the Greek Junior National Team and the Greek Under-20 National Team. Was a member of the gold-medal-winning at the European Under-20 Championships. Played in the Greek All-Star Game as a member of Near East in 2000-01.

(2002-03): Established himself as a key reserve for AEK, playing 21 minutes per game. Contributed 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and one assist per game. Had season-best 22 points and 11 rebounds vs. Olympiakos. In Euroleague play, saw minutes cut to 17 per game, and averaged 4.1 points and 2.3 rebounds. Tallied 13 points and four rebounds vs. Cibona and contributed 11 points and five rebounds vs. Skipper Bologna.

(2001-02): Was a deep reserve as AEK won the Greek League championship. Played only about nine minutes per game in 18 games, averaging 3.2 points. In Euroleague play, highlight was 12-point outing vs. Partizan.

(2000-01): Quickly became a key performer for Near East, averaging 11.0 points in only 22 minutes per game. Also contributed 3.5 rebounds per game. Caught the attention of league power AEK, which signed him for the 2001-02 season.

(1999-00): Got into six games at the end of the season for Near East in top Greek League.

Strengths: Known in the Greek League for his above-the-rim play. He carries a reputation for playing hard and with lots of energy.