Papagiannis' Impressive Weekend

The rookie center experiences the best two-game stretch of his young NBA career.
by Benedict Tagle
Writer, Kings.com

In the most recent stretch of games, Georgios Papagiannis received his first chance at meaningful NBA minutes. Following suit from his fellow rookie teammates, the Greek big man took advantage of the opportunity.

Against the Thunder and Spurs, the rookie center had the best games of his young NBA career.

No. 13 averaged a double-double (10 points and 10.5 rebounds) over the back-to-back two-game tilt. This stretch included double-figure rebounds in each game, with a career-high 14 points and career-high 11 rebounds against the Thunder on Saturday.

The 19-year-old shot 8-of-17 from the field while displaying a repertoire of moves, hook shots and putbacks. Papagiannis also displayed soft touch from the free throw line, shooting a perfect 100 percent (4-for-4) from the charity stripe.

The 7-foot-1 center's 10.5 rebounds per game were aided by doing work on both ends of the court, the big man averaged three offensive boards per game - which is an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.4 percent, the second best in the NBA if achieved throughout the entire season.

In addition to providing his team second-chance opportunities, Big Papa's advanced rebounding statistics were impressive. Georgios recorded a 26.1 total rebound percentage over the two games, a mark that would be the best in the league for average total rebound percentage this season.

In the same effect, his 37.9 defensive rebound percentage would be the best in the league this year if averaged throughout the season.

Papagiannis is also helping on the defensive end, averaging one steal and one block over the two games, leaving an impact on both sides of the ball.

With his well-rounded effort, the big man looks to continue his momentum into the last stretch of the season.



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