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). A two-time All-EuroBasket Team selection, in 1993 and 1995, Christodoulou is a candidate for the FIBA Hall of Fame.
Christodoulou playing with Panathinaikos in 1998.
|Born||May 22, 1965|
|Listed height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|NBA draft||1987 / Round: 4 / Pick: 90th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
|Career highlights and awards|
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.
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
Greek national teamEdit
- FIBA EuroBasket 1987: Gold
- FIBA EuroBasket 1989: Silver
- FIBA EuroBasket All-Tournament Team: 2 (1993, 1995)