Konstantinos "Kostas" Papanikolaou is a Greek professional basketball player and the team captain for Olympiacos of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague.
18 Facts About Kostas Papanikolaou
Kostas Papanikolaou has previously played in the NBA for the Houston Rockets and the Denver Nuggets, as well as for the EuroLeague powerhouse FC Barcelona.
Kostas Papanikolaou is widely considered amongst the best defensive players in European basketball.
Kostas Papanikolaou was named the MVP of the Greek Youth All-Star Game in 2009.
Kostas Papanikolaou was named the Greek League's Best Young Player in 2009.
On 28 June 2012, Kostas Papanikolaou was selected with the 48th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the New York Knicks.
On 10 July 2013, Kostas Papanikolaou's rights were acquired by the Houston Rockets, via a trade that sent Thomas Robinson to the Trail Blazers.
On 23 September 2014, Kostas Papanikolaou signed with the Houston Rockets.
Kostas Papanikolaou later re-signed with Denver on November 5,2015, and made his debut for the team that night.
Kostas Papanikolaou was waived again by the Nuggets on 7 January 2016, before his salary became fully guaranteed.
On 20 January 2016, Kostas Papanikolaou signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Olympiacos, returning to the club for a second stint.
Kostas Papanikolaou signed another three-year extension on 22 September 2020.
Kostas Papanikolaou won the silver medal at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Cup.
Kostas Papanikolaou won the gold medal at the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team and won the MVP award.
Kostas Papanikolaou then won the silver medal at the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship with Greece's junior national team, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team.
Kostas Papanikolaou played at the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification.
Kostas Papanikolaou has appeared in 134 games for the senior national side and has scored a total of 842 points.
Kostas Papanikolaou is a modern guard-forward with the ability to fight at least three positions with great success.