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Kostas Koufos
Koufos with the Nuggets in 2013
Free agent
Center
Personal information
Born February 24, 1989 (1989-02-24) (age 32)
Canton, Ohio
Nationality Greek / American
High school GlenOak (Canton, Ohio)
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
College Ohio State (2007–2008)
NBA Draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the Utah Jazz
Pro career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2010 Utah Jazz
2009–2010 → Utah Flash
2010–2011 Minnesota Timberwolves
2011–2013 Denver Nuggets
2013–2015 Memphis Grizzlies
2015–2019 Sacramento Kings
2019–2020 CSKA Moscow
2021 Olympiacos
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-Big Ten (2008)
  • Big Ten All-Freshman Team (2008)
  • National Invitation Tournament MVP (2008)
  • FIBA U18 European Championship MVP (2007)
  • McDonald's All-American (2007)
  • Third-team Parade All-American (2007)
Stats at NBA.com

Konstantine Demetrios "Kostas" Koufos (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Δημήτριος "Κώστας" Κουφός; born February 24, 1989) is a Greek-American professional basketball player who last played for Olympiacos of the EuroLeague. He played one season at Ohio State before being selected by the Utah Jazz with the 23rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft.

High school career

Koufos attended GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio, where he played center for the GlenOak Golden Eagles high school basketball team. As a junior, Koufos averaged 24 points per game, 11.1 rebounds per game, and four blocked shots per game and he was named Second-Team All-State.

As a senior, Koufos averaged 25.9 points per game, 15.4 rebounds per game and 5.2 blocked shots per game. He was instrumental in GlenOak snapping Canton McKinley's 41-game win streak in January 2007, when he posted 32 points, 19 rebounds and 10 blocks to help the Golden Eagles edge the Bulldogs, 56–55, in overtime. The next day, Koufos recorded 32 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks against Detroit Country Day, to lead GlenOak to its ninth consecutive victory.

Koufos finished second to future Buckeye teammate Jon Diebler in the Mr. Ohio Basketball voting. After his senior season with GlenOak, Koufos was named the Division I player of the year and was also named First-Team All-State. He also earned First-Team Northeast Inland All-District and third-team Parade All-American honors and participated in the 2007 McDonald's All-American Game and 2007 Jordan Brand Classic.

Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Koufos was listed as the No. 3 center and the No. 16 player in the nation in 2007.

College career

Koufos played one season of college basketball for the Ohio State Buckeyes. For the 2007–08 season, he was named third-team All-Big Ten and was named to the league's All-Freshman Team. He ranked fifth in the Big Ten in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (6.7 rpg), and ranked second in blocked shots (1.8 bpg) and seventh in field goal percentage (.508). He helped the Buckeyes reach the final of the National Invitation Tournament, where they won 92–85 over UMass behind Koufos' 22 points, nine rebounds and three blocked shots. He was subsequently named NIT Most Valuable Player. He declared for the 2008 NBA draft following his freshman season.

College statistics

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 Ohio State 37 35 27.1 .508 .349 .680 6.7 .5 .4 1.8 14.4

Professional career

Utah Jazz (2008–2010)

Koufos was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 23rd overall pick in the 2008 NBA draft. During his rookie season, he spent time in the NBA D-League on assignment with the Utah Flash. He went on to receive two assignments to the Flash during the 2009–10 season. In two seasons with the Jazz, Koufos played in 84 games and averaged 3.3 points and 2.2 rebounds.

Minnesota Timberwolves (2010–2011)

On July 13, 2010, Koufos was traded, alongside two future first-round draft picks, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Al Jefferson.

Denver Nuggets (2011–2013)

On February 22, 2011, Koufos was acquired by the Denver Nuggets in a three-way trade involving the Timberwolves and the New York Knicks. On January 25, 2012, he signed a three-year, $9 million contract extension with the Nuggets. He averaged career-best figures in Denver, with 6.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Memphis Grizzlies (2013–2015)

On June 27, 2013, Koufos was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Darrell Arthur and the draft rights to Joffrey Lauvergne. In two seasons with Memphis, he averaged 5.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Sacramento Kings (2015–2019)

On July 13, 2015, Koufos signed with the Sacramento Kings. On June 30, 2019, Koufos became an unrestricted free agent.

CSKA Moscow (2019–2020)

On July 19, 2019, Koufos signed a two-year deal with CSKA Moscow of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. He averaged 3.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. On May 27, 2020, the team opted out of the contract.

National team career

Greek junior team

Koufos was a member of the junior Greek national under-18 team at the 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in Spain. He led his team to the tournament's final game, and although Greece lost in the finals to Serbia's under-18 team, Koufos won the tournament's MVP award, after leading the competition in points, rebounds, and blocked shots, with averages of 26.5 points, 13.0 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game.

Greek senior team

Valančiūnas against Koufos
Koufos playing with Greece against Lithuania's Jonas Valančiūnas

In 2009, Koufos debuted with the senior Greek national basketball team, and he competed at the EuroBasket 2009, where he won a bronze medal. During the EuroBasket 2009 tournament, he averaged 5.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. He also played at the EuroBasket 2011, where he averaged 8.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Koufos also competed at the EuroBasket 2015, where he had his best tournament with the senior Greek national basketball team, as he averaged 10 points and 6.6 rebounds per game, in 8 games played.

He also played with Greece at the 2016 Turin FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where he averaged 7.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

Personal life

Koufos is the son of Greek immigrants Katerina and the late Alex Koufos, a pediatric doctor in Canton who died when Kostas was 9. Their parents were originally respectively from Messenia and Corinth. He has an older sister, Maria, and an older brother, Vasilios. Koufos holds dual citizenship of both the United States and Greece, thus making him eligible to represent Greece internationally. He can speak Greek.

In September 2018 he married fellow Greek-American Eleni Bourlas.

Awards and accomplishments

  • 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship: 22 Silver

  • 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship: MVP
  • 2008 National Invitation Tournament: MVP
  • EuroBasket 2009: 33 Bronze

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games 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  Bold  Career high

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 Utah 48 7 11.8 .508 .000 .706 2.9 .4 .3 .6 4.7
2009–10 Utah 36 0 4.8 .468 .000 .600 1.3 .2 .1 .1 1.5
2010–11 Minnesota 39 1 8.6 .435 .000 .500 2.5 .2 .2 .5 2.7
2010–11 Denver 11 1 8.9 .500 .000 .632 3.0 .0 .2 .5 4.9
2011–12 Denver 48 24 16.5 .599 .000 .600 5.4 .3 .5 .9 5.5
2012–13 Denver 81 81 22.4 .581 .000 .558 6.9 .4 .5 1.3 8.0
2013–14 Memphis 80 22 16.9 .495 .000 .645 5.2 .5 .4 .9 6.4
2014–15 Memphis 81 3 16.6 .508 .000 .647 5.3 .5 .4 .8 5.2
2015–16 Sacramento 78 14 19.0 .532 .000 .548 5.4 .4 .5 .9 6.8
2016–17 Sacramento 71 62 20.0 .551 .000 .613 5.7 .7 .5 .7 6.6
2017–18 Sacramento 71 12 19.6 .571 .000 .446 6.6 1.2 .7 .5 6.7
2018–19 Sacramento 42 1 12.0 .477 .000 .417 4.2 .9 .4 .4 3.7
Career 686 228 16.4 .534 .000 .582 5.0 .5 .7 .4 5.7

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Utah 9 0 3.4 .400 .000 .000 1.0 .0 .0 .1 .9
2011 Denver 1 0 2.0 1.000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 2.0
2012 Denver 3 2 8.7 .333 .000 .000 3.7 .0 .0 .3 .7
2013 Denver 6 2 16.7 .368 1.000 .833 3.5 .5 .5 .7 3.3
2014 Memphis 7 0 6.4 .438 .000 1.000 2.1 .3 .3 .4 2.6
2015 Memphis 11 0 11.5 .540 .000 .600 3.5 .4 .4 .5 3.4
Career 37 4 8.9 .460 1.000 .800 2.6 .2 .2 .4 2.4

EuroLeague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2019–20 CSKA Moscow 17 1 9.3 .547 .000 .556 2.8 0.2 0.5 0.2 3.7 4.7
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