Georgios "George" Printezis (alternate spelling: Giorgos) (Greek: Γεώργιος "Τζορτζ" Πρίντεζης, born February 22, 1985) is a Greek professional basketball player for Olympiacos of the EuroLeague. Printezis won back to back EuroLeague titles with Olympiacos in 2012 and 2013. His game-winning shot against CSKA Moscow at the end of the 2012 EuroLeague Final, off an assist from Vassilis Spanoulis, is one of the all-time highlights in the history of the EuroLeague.
Printezis with Olympiacos, in 2013.
|No. 15 – Olympiacos|
|Born||February 22, 1985 (age 35)|
|Listed height||2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)|
|Listed weight||109 kg (240 lb)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Round: 2 / Pick: 58th overall|
|Selected by the San Antonio Spurs|
|Career highlights and awards|
In the 2006–07 season, Printezis was loaned by Olympiacos to Olympia Larissa in the Greek League, where he averaged 11.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. At the Greek All-Star Game weekend that season, he won the slam dunk competition. At the end of that season, he was also voted the Greek League Best Young Player. Following that success, he returned to Olympiacos.
Back to OlympiacosEdit
On April 27, 2011, Printezis returned to his previous club, Olympiacos, after being transferred from Málaga. In the EuroLeague's 2011–12 season's Final, he hit a game-winning shot, off an assist from Vassilis Spanoulis, with .7 seconds remaining on the game clock, to give Olympiacos the EuroLeague championship, with a victory over CSKA Moscow.
On July 12, 2012, he signed a new three-year contract with Olympiacos. Prior to that, he had considered a three-year, 4.5 million US dollars net income contract from Fenerbahçe Ülker, but he chose to stay with Olympiacos instead. With Olympiacos, he also won the 2012–13 season championship of the EuroLeague. On July 8, 2014, he extended his contract with Olympiacos until 2017.
NBA draft rightsEdit
Printezis was selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the second round, with the 58th selection overall of the 2007 NBA draft. The draft rights to Printezis were then acquired by the Toronto Raptors, in exchange for their second round draft pick in the 2008 NBA draft (Spurs used that pick to draft Goran Dragić, and immediately traded Dragić to the Phoenix Suns to acquire the draft pick they used in 2009 to draft future NBA All-Rookie Second Team member DeJuan Blair). On January 20, 2011, the Toronto Raptors traded his draft rights to the Dallas Mavericks for Alexis Ajinça, a conditional second 2013 second round draft pick, and cash.
On December 10, 2011, the draft rights to Printezis were traded to the New York Knicks, along with Tyson Chandler and the draft rights to Ahmad Nivins, in a three-way trade. The Mavericks received Andy Rautins from the Knicks, and a second round pick from the Washington Wizards. The Wizards received Ronny Turiaf from the Knicks, in addition to a Dallas 2012 second round pick, a 2013 Knicks second round pick, and cash considerations.
In the summer of 2012, Printezis turned down a one-year contract offer from the Knicks, that reportedly was for slightly more than the minimum NBA salary. On July 16, 2012, his and Kostas Papanikolaou's draft rights were traded to the Portland Trail Blazers, in a deal that sent Raymond Felton to New York. On February 21, 2013, his draft rights were subsequently traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, in a deal that sent Eric Maynor to the Portland Trail Blazers. On July 15, 2014, his draft rights and Thabo Sefolosha, were traded to the Atlanta Hawks, in exchange for the draft rights to Sofoklis Schortsanitis, cash considerations, and a trade exception. On July 9, 2015, his draft rights, alongside a 2017 second-round pick, were traded to the Spurs, in exchange for Tiago Splitter.
National team careerEdit
Greek junior national teamEdit
Greek senior national teamEdit
Printezis was selected to the senior men's Greek national basketball team that played at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He won the bronze medal at the 2009 EuroBasket, and he also played at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
He was also a member of Greece's senior national teams that played at the following tournaments: the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the 2013 EuroBasket, the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the 2015 EuroBasket, the 2017 EuroBasket, and the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Printezis' team won the EuroLeague|
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- 2× EuroLeague Champion: (2012, 2013)
- 3× Greek League Champion: (2012, 2015, 2016)
- FIBA Intercontinental Cup Champion: (2013)
- 5× Greek League Best Five: (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
- Greek Youth All-Star Game: MVP (2006)
- 6× Greek League Senior All-Star: (2007, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2018, 2019)
- Greek All-Star Game Slam Dunk Champion: (2007)
- Greek League Best Young Player: (2007)
- Greek League Most Improved Player: (2012)
- Greek Cup Finals Top Scorer: (2012)
- Greek League Women's Favorite Player: (2015)
- All-EuroLeague First Team: (2017)
- EuroLeague MVP of the Month: (April 2015)
- 3× EuroLeague MVP of the Round:
- EuroLeague 2010–20 All-Decade Team: 2020
Greek senior national teamEdit
- EuroBasket 2009: Bronze
- FIBA.com Official Player Profile Won Greek Dunk Contest.
- FIBA.com Official Player Profile Best Greek Player 22 And Under.
- Gazzetta.gr Printezis signs with Unicaja Málaga (in Greek). Archived 2009-07-04 at the Wayback Machine
- Sportando.net Printezis to land in Malaga.
- Olympiacos Inks Giorgios Pritenzis. Archived 2011-06-05 at the Wayback Machine
- ACB.com Giorgos Printezis abandona el Unicaja (in Spanish).
- Euroleague.net Final Four Game 2 - May 13, 2012 - SINAN ERDEM ARENA GAME REPORT CSKA Moscow 61 - 62 Olympiacos.
- "OLYMPIACOS extends Euroleague hero Printezis". Euroleague.net. July 11, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
- Eurohoops.net Printezis said “no thanks” to Knicks. Archived 2012-07-15 at the Wayback Machine
- "Olympiacos, Printezis together until 2017". Euroleague.net. July 8, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
- "Georgios Printezis agreed to a three-year contract extension with Olympiacos". Sportando.com. 14 June 2017. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
- "Olympiacos, Georgios Printezis agree to extend contract". Sportando. June 16, 2020. Retrieved June 16, 2020.
- Raptors Acquire Draft Rights To Giorgos Printezis.
- Raptors Add Greek Forward Giorgos Printezis On Draft Night.
- "Raptors Acquire Ajinca, Draft Pick And Cash Considerations From Dallas". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. January 24, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
- "Printezis said "no thanks" to Knicks". Eurohoops.net. July 12, 2012. Archived from the original on July 15, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2012.
- "Trail Blazers Acquire Jared Jeffries From New York". iamatrailblazersfan.com. 2012-07-16. Archived from the original on 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2012-07-16.
- "Thunder trade Eric Maynor to the Trail Blazers for Giorgos Printezis". 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-02-21.
- "Hawks get Sefolosha in trade with Thunder". Yahoo! Sports. July 16, 2014. Retrieved July 16, 2014.
- "Spurs Trade Tiago Splitter To Atlanta Hawks". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 9, 2015.