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Theofanis "Fanis" Christodoulou (Greek: Θεοφάνης "Φάνης" Χριστοδούλου; born May 22, 1965 in Athens), is a retired Greek professional basketball player. He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1987 NBA Draft, with the 90th pick overall, but never decided to leave Greece and play in the U.S. His nickname is Bembis (Baby).[1] A two-time All-EuroBasket Team selection, in 1993 and 1995, Christodoulou is a candidate for the FIBA Hall of Fame.

Fanis Christodoulou
Φάνης Χριστοδούλου
Fanis Christodoulou Panathinaikos.jpg
Christodoulou playing with Panathinaikos in 1998.
Personal information
Born (1965-05-22) May 22, 1965 (age 54)
Athens, Greece
NationalityGreek
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
NBA draft1987 / Round: 4 / Pick: 90th overall
Selected by the Atlanta Hawks
Playing career1983–1998
PositionSmall forward / Power forward
Career history
1983–1997Panionios
1997–1998Panathinaikos
Career highlights and awards

Professional careerEdit

Christodoulou started his career with the youth teams of Dafni, and he spent most of his pro career (1983–1997) with Panionios, winning the Greek Cup with them in the year 1991. He was mainly a small forward, but his admirable all-around skills allowed him to play all five positions. Many journalists called him "The European Charles Barkley". Christodoulou spent the last year of his career playing with Panathinaikos, and winning a Greek League championship with them, in the 1997–98 season. One year later, he retired.

National team careerEdit

Christodoulou was an important member of the senior men's Greek national team that won the gold medal at the 1987 EuroBasket, and that also won the silver medal at the 1989 EuroBasket. Christodoulou was also a member of the Greek national team that finished in 4th place at the 1994 FIBA World Championship. He also played at the 1986 FIBA World Championship, the 1990 FIBA World Championship, the 1993 EuroBasket, the 1995 EuroBasket, the 1997 EuroBasket, and at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

PersonalEdit

Christodoulou's older brother, Christos, was also a professional basketball player. They played together in the same club team, Panionios.

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

Greek national teamEdit

Club titlesEdit

Personal awardsEdit

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