Panagiotis "Panos" Fasoulas (alternate spelling: Fassoulas; Greek: Παναγιώτης Φασούλας; born May 12, 1963 in Thessaloniki), nicknamed "The Spider" (Greek: αράχνη), is a Greek politician and former professional basketball player. He was selected in the second round by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1986 NBA draft, but never decided to play in the NBA. Considered to be one of the best big men ever in European basketball, Fasoulas was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2016.
|Mayor of Piraeus|
January 1, 2007 – January 1, 2011
|Preceded by||Christos Agrapidis|
|Succeeded by||Vasileios Michaloliakos|
|MP of 1st Piraeus periphery|
|1st City councilman, Thessaloniki|
|Born||May 12, 1963|
|Children||Mariella Fasoula, John|
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||240 lb (109 kg)|
|College||NC State (1985–1986)|
|NBA draft||1986 / Round: 2 / Pick: 37th overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|FIBA Hall of Fame as player|
Fasoulas played college basketball in the United States at North Carolina State University, with the N.C. State Wolfpack, where he played under legendary coach Jim Valvano. In his sole season in college, he averaged 2.8 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game and led the school with 1.8 blocks per game in 29 games.
During his professional career, Fasoulas played for PAOK and Olympiacos. With PAOK, he won the FIBA Cup Winners' Cup championship in 1991. With Olympiacos, he won the EuroLeague championship and the Triple Crown in 1997.
In total, he won 5 Greek League championships and 3 Greek Cups. He was also named to the FIBA European Selection three times, in the years 1990, 1991, and 1995. He was also named the Greek League MVP in 1994 and 1995, and a FIBA EuroStar in 1996.
National team careerEdit
Fasoulas was also a member of the senior men's Greek national team, where he was the starting center during Greece's EuroBasket 1987 gold medal victory, being also named to the All-Tournament Team. He also won the silver medal with Greece at the EuroBasket 1989. In Toronto, Canada, at the 1994 FIBA World Championship, where Greece finished in fourth place, Fasoulas played the best basketball of his career. Fasoulas appeared in 244 games for Greece, averaging 9.77 points per game. He is second all-time in games played and third all-time in points scored for Greece.
Awards and accomplishmentsEdit
- EuroLeague: 1 (with Olympiacos: 1996–97)
- FIBA Cup Winners' Cup: 1 (with PAOK: 1990–91)
- Greek League: 5 (with PAOK: 1991–92 and Olympiacos: 1993–94, 1994–95, 1995–96, 1996–97)
- Greek Cup: 3 (with PAOK: 1983–84 and Olympiacos: 1993–94, 1996–97)
Greek national teamEdit
A charismatic personality, Fasoulas entered politics after retiring from sport, joining the political party of PASOK. He contributed in the organization of the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, in 2004. He was elected Mayor of Piraeus on October 15, 2006, and served as Mayor through 2010.
- Basketball-Reference.com Panagiotis Fasoulas Nickname(s): Spider.
- "Fasoulas Inducted to FIBA Hall of Fame". The National Herald. 12 June 2016. Retrieved 13 June 2016.
- "FINAL 1986 DIVISION I MEN'S BASKETBALL STATISTICS REPORT North Carolina State University" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
- Παναγιώτης Φασούλας Σελίδα Αθλητή (in Greek). Ελληνική Ομοσπονδία Καλαθοσφαίρισης (Hellenic Basketball Federation). Retrieved 6 April 2015.
- "ΟΙ 50 ΚΑΛΥΤΕΡΟΙ ΣΚΟΡΕΡ (ΕΘΝΙΚΗ ΑΝΔΡΩΝ) (50 all-time leading scorers for Greece men's team)" (in Greek). Ελληνική Ομοσπονδία Καλαθοσφαίρισης (Hellenic Basketball Federation). Archived from the original on 30 July 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
- "ΟΙ 20 ΠΡΩΤΟΙ ΣΕ ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΕΣ (ΕΘΝΙΚΗ ΑΝΔΡΩΝ) (20 most capped players for Greece men's team)" (in Greek). Ελληνική Ομοσπονδία Καλαθοσφαίρισης (Hellenic Basketball Federation). Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 6 April 2015.