Nikolaos "Nikos" Oikonomou (alternate spellings: Ikonomou, Ekonomou) (Greek: Νικόλαος "Νίκος" Οικονόμου; born February 19, 1973) is a retired Greek professional basketball player, and a current professional basketball coach. As a basketball player, he was a 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) tall power forward and four-time FIBA EuroStar selection. Oikonomou also runs Basket4All, a basketball camp for young children.
Nikos Oikonomou, as a player of Panathinaikos.
|Born||February 19, 1973|
Nikaia, Piraeus, Greece
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|2008–2012||Ikaros Kallitheas (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|As a player
As a head coach
Club playing careerEdit
Oikonomou started his playing career with the Greek club Ionikos Nikaias. From 1991 to 1998, he was a member of the Greek club Panathinaikos. He was one of the leaders of the team for many years. In 1993, he won the Greek Cup with Panathinaikos. He also played in the EuroLeague Final Four, at Tel Aviv, in 1994, and at Saragoza in 1995, coming in 3rd place both times.
In 1996, he won with Panathinaikos, the EuroLeague championship, the Greek Cup, and the FIBA Intercontinental Cup, all in the same year. In 1998, he won with Panathinaikos, the Greek League championship, the first Greek championship of the team since 1984. He then moved to Italy, to play in the Italian League in 1999, where he played with Virtus Bologna, and after a year, he moved from there back to Greece, to play for Olympiacos.
In 2001, he transferred to Spanish club Barcelona of the Spanish League. He later returned to the Greek League to play for Olympia Larissa, and he then left Greece once again, to play in Russia for Dynamo Moscow of the Russian Super League.
He then continued his career playing back in Greece with Panionios, and finally, his last team was the Greek club Panellinios. While at Panionios, he was the Greek League's Top Scorer, in the 2004–05 season.
National team careerEdit
Oikonomou was a longtime member of the senior men's Greek national team. Some of the senior tournaments that he played at were the EuroBasket 1993, where Greece finished in 4th place, the EuroBasket 1995, where Greece again finished in 4th place, and the EuroBasket 1997, where Greece also finished in 4th place.
Oikonomou began his basketball coaching career in 2008, when he became the head coach of the local Greek amateur club Spata, of the lower Greek divisions. The next team he coached was Ionikos NF, which was playing in the 4th-tier Greek national amateur level at the time. He was then the head coach of was Olympias Patras, which was competing in the Greek 2nd Division at the time.
He was next an assistant coach, working first as an assistant coach with Ikaros Kallitheas, and then as an assistant coach with Panionios. In 2013, he became the head coach of Ikaroi Serron, which was playing in the Greek 2nd Division at the time. In 2014, he became the head coach of Livadeia, a team that was also playing in Greece's 2nd Division.
He was then the head coach of Ionikos Nikaias, a team that was playing in Greece's 3rd-tier national semi-pro level at the time. In 2016, he became the head coach of the Greek 2nd Division club Panionios.
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
Greek junior national teamEdit
- 1989 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship: Gold
- 1989 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship: All-Tournament Team
- 1989 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship: MVP
- 1992 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: Silver
- 2× Greek Cup Winner: (1993, 1996)
- 6× Greek League All-Star: (1996, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006)
- EuroLeague Champion: (1996)
- FIBA Intercontinental Cup Champion: (1996)
- 4× FIBA EuroStar: (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999)
- 2× Greek League Champion: (1998, 1999)
- Greek League Top Scorer: (2005)
- Greek League Best Five: (2005)
Head coaching careerEdit
- Greek 2nd Division Champion: (2017)