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Giannis Giannoulis

Giannis Giannoulis (alternate spellings: Yannis, Yiannis, Ioannis) (born June 5, 1976) is a former Greek professional basketball player. At a height of 2.08 m (6'10")[1] tall, he played at the center position, although he could also play at the power forward position.

Giannis Giannoulis
Personal information
Born (1976-06-05) June 5, 1976 (age 43)
Toronto, Ontario
NationalityGreek / Canadian
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
Playing career1992–present
PositionPower forward / Center
Career history
1992Esperos Kallitheas
1992–2001PAOK Thessaloniki
2001–2002Panathinaikos
2002–2003Huntsville Flight
2003–2004Panionios
2004Unicaja Málaga
2004–2005BC Kyiv
2005–2006Cajasol Sevilla
2006–2007Aris Thessaloniki
2007–2009Panionios
2009–2010AEL Limassol
2010–2011Vouliagmeni
2012–2013Doukas
2013–2014Vouliagmeni
2014–2015Iraklis Kozanis
2015–2016Argonaftis Kalamarias
2017–2019M.E.N.T. B.C.
2019–presentAkrata
Career highlights and awards

Professional careerEdit

EuropeEdit

A great talent at the center position, Giannoulis competed many years at the highest European level, and played in many EuroLeague games. He was an All-EuroLeague Second Team member in the Euroleague 2000–01 season, while playing for PAOK, before winning the Euroleague 2001–02 championship with Panathinaikos the following year.

In his career, he played with some of the following European teams: PAOK Thessaloniki, Panathinaikos, Panionios, Unicaja Málaga, BC Kiev, Cajasol Sevilla, Aris Thessaloniki, AEL Limassol, Vouliagmeni, and Doukas. He is one of only two Greek players in history, along with Dimos Dikoudis, to compete in the EuroLeague with 4 different teams.

Fall from graceEdit

A controversial failed drug test at the end of the 2001–02 season cost him a ban from all European continental competitions for 2 years, and basically ruined his career. However, that does not change the fact that Giannoulis was widely considered to be one of the best big men competing in Europe at the time he was banned.

United StatesEdit

Giannoulis also played with the NBA club the Toronto Raptors during the 2002 NBA preseason. He also played with the Huntsville Flight (now the Canton Charge) of the D-League during the 2002–03 season. Giannoulis requested to be waived from his NBDL team, and returned to the Greek League.

Return to EuropeEdit

After playing professionally in the United States during his drug ban, Giannoulis returned to Europe to play in the Greek League for the 2003–04 season, but for several years his career never recovered to its previous level before the failed drug test.

RedemptionEdit

The 2007–08 season did however mark a great comeback for Giannoulis. Playing with Panionios in the EuroCup, he had a great individual season; and in the Greek League 2007–08 season, he led Panionios to a 3-2 series playoff victory over Maroussi, in the league's next season's 3rd place EuroLeague qualifier match.

Greek national teamEdit

Giannoulis was also a member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team. He competed for Greece at the EuroBasket 1997, the EuroBasket 1999, and also the EuroBasket 2001. After being banned from pro competitions due to a failed drug test, he was removed from the national team and was never recalled to it.

Awards and accomplishmentsEdit

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