March 24, 2011
The problem with building a team around Greek players, as Panathinaikos have done for many years, is there aren't too many Greek players with enough calibre to play at the very highest levels of Euroleague play. That said, they've done pretty well at trying. Dimitris Diamantidis remains, as ever, and with Panathinaikos no longer running a five point guard lineup, Diamantidis is now firmly back playing on the ball. In doing so, he is leading the Euroleague in assists at 5.9 per game, as well as playing his usual brand of defense and shooting 37% from three. Antonis Fotsis is also still there, as inconsistent as ever, capable of shooting, driving, rebounding, posting, passing and playing defense, and also equally capable of playing soft and disappearing for long stretches.
February 24, 2010
- Antonis Fotsis
Fotsis is with Panathinaikos for his second straight season and seventh in total. On the stacked defending Euroleague champions roster, he is averaging 6.5 points and 5.4 rebounds in 24 minutes per game in the Euroleague, alongside 6.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 20 minutes per game in the Greek league. He also still holds the Euroleague record for rebounds in a single game with 24.
Fotsis didn't work out in his one NBA season - by which I mean, it didn't go too well, and not that he refused to practice - but he's nonetheless a straight baller.
January 6, 2010
Another forgotten Grizzlies player in the early part of the decade was Antonis Fotsis. Fotsis was picked by the Grizzlies in the 2001 second round, played one year, and left. He is now Batiste's teammate at Pana. Billy Knight and Jerry West dug out some under-the-radar talent in those years, but it didn't really do them any favours.