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Biography

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Born Feb. 24, 1989 in Canton, Ohio… Name is pronounced COAST-ah KOO-fuss…

Full name is Konstantine Demetrios Koufos… Son of Kathy and the late Alex Koufos… Has one older brother, Vasili, and one older sister, Maria… Is the only member of his family taller than six feet…

A dual citizen of the United States and Greece…

Helped lead Greece to a silver medal while garnering MVP honors at the 2007 U18 European Championships after averaging 26.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks…

Averaged 25.9 points, 15.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocks as a senior at GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio…

Finished second to Buckeye teammate Jon Diebler in the Mr. Ohio Basketball voting in 2007… Selected to the 2007 McDonald’s and EA Sports High School All-American teams… Was a business major at Ohio State.

2012-13 Season

Completed his fifth NBA season averaging career highs across the board with 8.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.27 blocks and 22.4 minutes…

Appeared in a career-high 81 games (all starts)…

Shot .581 from the field…

One of seven NBA players to record an offensive rebounding percentage of at least 13 (13.3) and a total rebounding percentage of at least 17 (17.3), joining Tyson Chandler, Reggie Evans, Kenneth Faried, J.J. Hickson, Zach Randolph and Tristan Thompson

Scored a career-high 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes on March 11 at Phoenix…

Recorded 21 points on Jan. 11 vs. Cleveland…

Posted 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds on March 15 vs. Memphis…

Tied a career high with five blocks on Nov. 10 at Golden State and Dec. 22 vs. Charlotte…

Scored 10-plus points 22 times and 20-plus points twice…

Grabbed 10-plus rebounds 15 times… Denver went 22-3 when he scored at least 10 points and 13-2 when he secured at least 10 rebounds…

Recorded six double-doubles with the Nuggets going 5-1 in those games…

Missed one game on Dec. 5 at Atlanta with the flu…

2013 Playoffs: Averaged 3.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.7 minutes in six games in Denver’s first-round playoff series against Golden State.

NBA Career

The five-year veteran holds career averages of 5.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.78 blocks on .549 shooting in 14.4 minutes in 263 games (114 starts) for the Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets…

Owns career postseason averages of 1.7 points and 2.2 rebounds on .394 shooting in 8.4 minutes in 19 playoff games (four starts)…

Holds career NBA Development League averages of 17.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.8 rebounds on .576 shooting in 30.2 minutes in 15 games (14 starts) for the Utah Flash…

Has nine career double-doubles…

2011-12 (Denver): Continued his improvement in his first full season in Denver, averaging 5.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 0.85 blocks on .599 shooting in 16.5 minutes in 48 games (24 starts)…

Posted his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 boards in 24 minutes on Jan. 4, 2012 vs. Sacramento…

2012 Playoffs: Averaged 3.7 rebounds in 8.7 minutes in three games in Denver’s first-round series with the Los Angeles Lakers…

2010-11 (Minnesota/Denver): Recorded 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 8.7 minutes in 50 games (two starts), splitting the season between Minnesota and Denver…

Traded by the Timberwolves to the Nuggets in a three-team, 13-player trade that also included the New York Knicks…

Averaged 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds on .435 shooting in 39 games (one start) with Minnesota…

Posted 4.9 points and 3.0 rebounds on .500 shooting in 8.9 minutes in 11 games (one start) with Denver…

2011 Playoffs: Scored two points in two minutes on April 20, 2011 vs. Oklahoma City in Game 2 of the first round…

2009-10 (Utah): Averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 4.5 minutes in 36 games… 

Assigned to the D-League’s Utah Flash two times from Jan. 25-28 and March 8-22…

Posted 19.4 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.60 blocks on .595 shooting in 31.4 minutes in five games (four starts) for the Flash…

2010 Playoffs: Averaged 0.9 points and 1.0 minutes in 3.4 minutes in nine postseason games…

2008-09 (Utah): Averaged 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds on .508 shooting in 11.8 minutes in 48 games (seven starts) as a rookie…

Averaged 16.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.60 blocks on .566 shooting in 29.6 minutes in 10 games with the D-League’s Utah Flash.

Career Transactions

The early-entry candidate was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft on June 26, 2008…

Traded by the Utah Jazz with two future first round draft picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Al Jefferson on July 13, 2010…

As part of a three-team trade, traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Denver Nuggets; the Denver Nuggets traded a 2015 second round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves and traded Carmelo Anthony, Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter and Shelden Williams to the New York Knicks; the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Corey Brewer to the New York Knicks; the New York Knicks traded Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a 2012 second round draft pick, a 2013 second round draft pick, a 2014 first round draft pick and cash considerations to the Denver Nuggets; the New York Knicks traded Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph and cash considerations to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Feb. 22, 2011…

Traded by the Denver Nuggets to the Memphis Grizzlies for Darrell Arthur and the draft rights to Joffrey Lauvergne (55th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft) on June 27, 2013.

International Career

SUMMER 2011: Participated in Eurobasket 2011 with the Greek National Team, averaging 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in 11 games…

SUMMER 2009: Joined the Greek National Team in the EuroBasket 2009 Championships, averaging 5.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in nine games.

College Career

Averaged 14.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists on .508 shooting in 37 games (35 starts) in his lone season at Ohio State University (2007-08)…

Named postseason MVP of the National Invitational Tournament after the Buckeyes claimed the 2008 NIT Championship…

Recorded 21 points, four blocks and two steals in a career-high 36 minutes on April 3, 2008 vs. Massachusetts in the NIT title game…

Led Ohio State in rebounds (247) and blocks (67) and ranked second on the team in points (534)…

Led all Big Ten freshman in rebounding, blocks, offensive rebounds (98) and defensive rebounds (149)…

Among all Big Ten players, ranked fifth in rebounding and scoring and placed second in blocks…

Earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Nov. 26, 2007 after averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds.

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Vitals

Height: 7'0''/ 2.13m
Weight: 265 lbs./ 120.2 kg
Born: February 24, 1989
From: Ohio State University
Draft: 1st Round (23rd pick) 2008 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2008
Years Pro: 5
Previous Teams:
  Memphis Grizzlies 2013 - 2013
  Denver Nuggets 2011 - 2013
  Utah Jazz 2010 - 2010
  Minnesota Timberwolves 2010 - 2010
  More Previous Teams
Prior to NBA/Country: Ohio State/USA

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