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.
June 19, 2010
Not everyone changes teams in the summer. It seems like they do, but some stay on where they are. Those who have signed extensions with their current clubs include Slovakian scoring machine Radoslav Rancik, who has signed a two year deal with Galatasaray, and ex-San Diego State forward Mohamed Abukar, who signed a two year deal of his own with the Swiss champion Lugano Tigers. Dimitris Diamantidis snuffed out the 1% possibility of him ever joining the NBA as he signed a three year extension with Panathinaikos, and Mengke Bateer has re-signed with Xinjiang, staving off his retirement (and inevitable subsequent move into full-time acting) for at least one more year. Ex-Raptors draft pick Roko Ukic took a buyout from Milwaukee part way through last season to join Turkish team Fenerbahce, and he's just signed for two extra years there. And another Raptors draft pick, Giorgis Printezis, has taken a pay cut in signing a two year extension with Unicaja Malaga. For some reason.
May 12, 2010
[...] Incidentally, for the first time in the award's history, Diamantidis didn't win the Euroleague Defensive Player of the Year award. The award instead went to ex-Bulls and Blazers forward Viktor Khryapa.
January 26, 2010
- Dimitris Diamantidis
Diamantidis is still with Panathinaikos because he has no reason to ever leave. He averages 10.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 25 minutes per game in the Greek league, alongside 8.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game in the Euroleague. I don't see any reason to think that he won't win the Euroleague's DPOY award this year. He's won every single one there's ever been to date, and he hasn't lost any ability yet.