Konstantine Demetrios "Kosta" Koufos (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Δημήτριος "Κώστας" Κουφός; born February 24, 1989) is a Greek professional basketball player for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Koufos played one season at Ohio State before being selected by the Utah Jazz with the 23rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft.
Koufos with the Nuggets in 2013
|No. 41 – Sacramento Kings|
|Born||February 24, 1989|
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||245 lb (111 kg)|
|High school||GlenOak (Canton, Ohio)|
|College||Ohio State (2007–2008)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall|
|Selected by the Utah Jazz|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Koufos attended GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio, where he played center for the GlenOak Golden Eagles high school basketball team. As a junior, Koufos averaged 24 points per game, 11.1 rebounds per game, and four blocked shots per game and he was named Second-Team All-State.
As a senior, Koufos averaged 25.9 points per game, 15.4 rebounds per game and 5.2 blocked shots per game. He was instrumental in GlenOak snapping Canton McKinley's 41-game win streak in January 2007, when he posted 32 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks to help the Golden Eagles edge the Bulldogs, 56–55, in overtime. The next day, Koufos recorded 32 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks against Detroit Country Day, to lead GlenOak to its ninth consecutive victory.
Koufos finished second to future Buckeye teammate Jon Diebler in the Mr. Ohio Basketball voting. After his senior season with GlenOak, Koufos was named the Division I player of the year and was also named First-Team All-State. He also earned First-Team Northeast Inland All-District and third-team Parade All-American honors and participated in the 2007 McDonald's All-American Game and 2007 Jordan Brand Classic.
In 2007, Koufos joined the Ohio State Buckeyes, where he replaced Greg Oden at center. He was named the MVP of the 2008 National Invitation Tournament (NIT) after leading the Buckeyes to the championship by defeating the UMass Minutemen by a score of 92–85.
Over the course of his year at Ohio State, Koufos averaged 14.4 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, and 1.8 blocked shots per game.
On April 21, 2008, Koufos declared himself eligible for the 2008 NBA draft, but initially chose not to hire an agent; this would have allowed him to return to Ohio State if he withdrew from the draft on or before the June 16 withdrawal deadline. However, at the same time, it was speculated that he would leave the Buckeyes anyway to sign a professional contract in Greece. He turned down a 3-year €5 million euros net income contract offer from Olympiacos Piraeus, a Greek Basket League basketball club. On May 8, the Canton Repository reported that Koufos signed with Cleveland-based agent Mark Termini, thereby ending his college eligibility.
Utah Jazz (2008–2010)Edit
Koufos was selected by the NBA team Utah Jazz with the 23rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. In March 2009, the Jazz assigned him to the NBA D-League club the Utah Flash. However, after the Flash's first playoff game, the Jazz recalled him from the D-League in time for the playoffs due to an injury to Jazz starting center Mehmet Okur.
Koufos was reassigned to the Flash on March 8, 2010, and recalled on March 22, 2010. On July 14, 2010, Koufos was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves in a deal involving Al Jefferson. He averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in his two years in Utah. Koufos played two seasons with Utah before being traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2010–2011)Edit
In 2010, Koufos was traded by Utah to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Denver Nuggets (2011–2013)Edit
On January 25, 2012, Koufos signed a three-year, $9 million extension with the Nuggets. He averaged 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in three seasons for Denver.
Memphis Grizzlies (2013–2015)Edit
On June 27, 2013, Koufos was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies for Darrell Arthur and rights to the 55th pick in the 2013 NBA draft, Joffrey Lauvergne. In two seasons with Memphis, he averaged 5.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
Sacramento Kings (2015–present)Edit
Greek national teamEdit
Koufos was a member of the junior Greek national under-18 team at the 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in Spain. He led his team to the tournament's final game, and although Greece lost in the finals to Serbia's under-18 team, Koufos won the tournament's MVP award, after leading the competition in points, rebounds, and blocked shots, with averages of 26.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game.
In 2009, he debuted with the senior Greek national basketball team, and he competed at the EuroBasket 2009, where he won a bronze medal. During the EuroBasket 2009 tournament, he averaged 5.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He also played at the EuroBasket 2011, where he averaged 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Koufos also competed at the EuroBasket 2015, where he had his best tournament with the senior Greek national basketball team, as he averaged 10 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, in 8 games played.
He also played with Greece at the 2016 Turin FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where he averaged 7.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
Koufos is the son of Greek immigrants Katerina, and the late Alex Koufos. He has an older sister, Maria, and an older brother, Vasilios. Koufos holds dual citizenship of both the United States and Greece. He can speak Greek.
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
NBA career statisticsEdit
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
- Kosta Koufos Recruiting Profile
- SportingNews: Koufos is Ohio State's Oden encore. Archived 2008-03-10 at the Wayback Machine
- Goodman, Jeff (2008-04-21). "Buckeyes' Koufos will declare, won't hire agent". FoxSports.com. Retrieved 2008-04-22.
- Basketcentral.it Koufos rejected offer from Olympiakos last summer.
- Collegebasketball.rivals.com : Koufos is Ohio State's Oden encore.
- Koufos hires Cleveland-based agent. Archived 2008-02-06 at the Wayback Machine
- Jazz Assigns Koufos to D-League.
- Utah Jazz: With Okur's status uncertain, Jazz recall Koufos. April 18, 2009.
- Jazz Re-Assign Koufos To D-League.
- Utah Jazz: Okur will return, Kirilenko won't against Celtics.
- "Wolves Acquire First-Round Draft Picks and Kosta Koufos". NBA.com. 2010-07-13. Retrieved 2010-07-14.
- "Wolves send Jefferson to Jazz for Koufos, picks". ESPN.com. 2010-07-14. Retrieved 2016-05-02.
- "Nuggets acquire five players, three picks in three-team trade". NBA.com. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
- "Nuggets sign Kosta Koufos to contract extension". NBA.com. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
- Nuggets Acquire F Darrell Arthur From Memphis Grizzlies
- "Kings Sign Rondo, Belinelli, Koufos". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 13, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
- FIBA Europe: Koufos Named MVP.
- Kostas KOUFOS (GRE).
- Papagiannis discusses recent success and the importance of mentorship from his teammates.