Kostas Tsartsaris

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Kostas Tsartsaris
Κώστας Τσαρτσαρής
Tsartsaris, at a Panathinaikos practice, in 2013.
Personal information
Born (1979-10-17) October 17, 1979 (age 39)
Veria, Greece
Listed height6 ft 10.75 in (2.10 m)
Listed weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2001 / Undrafted
Playing career1997–2013
Position Power forward / Center
Coaching career2014–present
Career history
As player:
1997–1998 U.M.F. Grindavik
1998–1999 Near East
1999–2002 Peristeri
2002–2013 Panathinaikos
As coach:
2014–2016Panathinaikos (Cadets)
2016Panathinaikos (assistant)
Career highlights and awards
As player:

Professional Greek League career stats leaders

Konstantinos "Kostas" Tsartsaris (Greek : Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Τσαρτσαρής) (born October 17, 1979 in Veria, Greece), is a retired Greek professional basketball player and current coach, who spent most of his playing career with the Greek League team Panathinaikos. At 6 ft 10 34 in (2.10 m) tall [1] and 115.4 kg (255 lb.) in weight, [2] he played at the mainly at the power forward position, but he could also play at the center position if needed.

Greek language Language spoken in Greece, Cyprus and Southern Albania

Greek is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece, Cyprus and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea. It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning more than 3000 years of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary, were used previously. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin, Cyrillic, Armenian, Coptic, Gothic, and many other writing systems.

Basketball Team sport

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

Greek Basket League highest-level professional basketball league in Greece

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Professional playing career

Club career

Tsartsaris was first noticed by professional Greek clubs as a wonder kid, when he was playing in the lower divisions for the team of Filippos Verias. Because Filippos did not allow him to move to another Greek club, he chose at the age of 17 to play for Úrvalsdeild karla club U.M.F. Grindavik for the 1997–98 season. [3] Throughout the season, he averaged 20.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks per game. [4]

Filippos Verias is a Greek sport club that is based in Veria. Filippos was founded in 1962, and its colours are white and red. Its emblem is Philip of Macedonia.

Úrvalsdeild karla; English: Men's Premier League, also known as Domino's deildin for sponsorship reasons, is the highest men's professional basketball competition among clubs in Iceland, where play determines the national champion. It is organized by the Icelandic Basketball Federation . The season consists of a home-and-away schedule of 22 games, followed by an eight-team playoff round. Quarterfinals, semifinals and finals series are best-of-five. The bottom clubs are relegated, and replaced by the top team from the regular-season phase and the four-team playoff round winner of the second-level First Division.

The Grindavík men's basketball team, commonly known as Grindavík or UMFG for short, is the men's team of the basketball department of Ungmennafélag Grindavíkur multi-sport club, based in the town of Grindavík in Iceland. It has won three national championships, in 1993, 2012 and 2013.

He returned to Greece in 1998, and he was signed on a free transfer by Near East. The following year, he moved to Peristeri, and in 2002, he moved to Panathinaikos. With Panathinaikos, he was the Greek Cup MVP for 3 consecutive years (2006, 2007, 2008).

The Greek Basketball Cup MVP, or Greek Basketball Cup Finals MVP, is an annual award that is given to the most valuable player of the Greek Basketball Cup, which is the top-tier national domestic professional men's basketball cup competition in the country of Greece. The Greek Basketball Cup is contested between teams from the 1st-tier level Greek Basket League, the 2nd-tier level Greek A2 Basket League, and the third-tier level Greek B Basket League.

In June 2013, after conquering the double in Greece, by winning both the Greek League and Greek Cup in the same season, Tsartsaris announced his decision to finish his playing career, after wearing Panathinaikos' jersey for 11 successful years. [5]

Greek national team

Tsartsaris was a member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team that won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005 and the silver medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. He also played at the 2004 Summer Olympics, the EuroBasket 2007, the 2008 Summer Olympics, and the 2010 FIBA World Championship. [6]

EuroBasket 2005 Eurobasket

The 2005 FIBA European Championship, commonly called FIBA EuroBasket 2005, was the 34th FIBA EuroBasket regional basketball championship held by FIBA Europe, which also served as Europe qualifier for the 2006 FIBA World Championship, giving a berth to the top six teams in the final standings. It was held in Serbia and Montenegro between 16 September and 25 September 2005. Sixteen national teams entered the event under the auspices of FIBA Europe, the sport's regional governing body. The cities of Belgrade, Novi Sad, Podgorica and Vršac hosted the tournament. It was the third time that the championship was hosted by the city of Belgrade. Greece won its second FIBA European title by defeating Germany with a 78–62 score in the final. Germany's Dirk Nowitzki was voted the tournament's MVP.

2006 FIBA World Championship 2006 edition of the mens FIBA Basketball World Cup

The 2006 FIBA World Championship was the 15th FIBA World Championship, the international basketball world championship for men's teams. The tournament was hosted by Japan and held from August 19 to September 3, 2006. It was co-organised by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Japan Basketball Association (JABBA) and the 2006 Organizing Committee.

Basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics – Mens tournament

The men's tournament of basketball at the 2004 Summer Olympics at Athens, Greece began on August 15 and lasted until August 28. The games were held at the Helliniko Olympic Indoor Arena and Olympic Indoor Hall.

Career statistics

  GPGames 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
 Bold Career high

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.

The EuroLeague, known as the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague for sponsorship reasons, is the top-tier European professional basketball club competition, organized by Euroleague Basketball since 2000.


2000–01 Peristeri 11931.0.536.440.7846.
2001–02 141229.3.522.143.6456.
2002-03 Panathinaikos 19612.2.688.333.6092.
2003–04 201321.4.607.286.7075.
2004–05 252119.1.588.364.6464.
2005–06 232118.2.485.463.6673.
2007–08 12716.3.655.444.9573.
2009–10 6113.1.364.3331.0002.
2011–12 17214.2.475.231.8002.
2012–13 281018.2.542.222.5853.

Coaching career

Tsartsaris began his coaching career in 2014, working at the young cadet academy school level. [7] On April 21, 2016, it was revealed that Tsartsaris would be an assistant coach of Argyris Pedoulakis in Panathinaikos.

Awards and accomplishments

Pro playing career

Greek national team

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  2. 71. 6' 11" 255 1979 Greek Costas Tsartsaris---Panathinaikos--Greece.
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  4. "Konstantinos Tsartsaris: Ferillinn í úrvalsdeild" (in Icelandic). Icelandic Basketball Federation. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  5. Gazzetta.gr Τίτλοι τέλους για Τσαρτσαρή! (in Greek).
  6. Konstantinos TSARTSARIS (GRE) participated in 11 FIBA / FIBA Zones events.
  7. Ο coach Τσαρτσαρής (in Greek).