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Dimitris Diamantidis
Δημήτρης Διαμαντίδης
Diamantidis in a PAO warm up.
Diamantidis in a PAO warm up.
Nickname Octopus Man[1]
The Octopus[2]
3-D
Mitsos
The Diamond Man
Spider-Man[3]
Position Point Guard
Shooting Guard
Point Forward
Small Forward
Height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg)
League Greek League
Euroleague
Team Greece Panathinaikos
Number 13
Born May 6, 1980 (1980-05-06) (age 29)
Kastoria, Greece
Nationality Greek
Pro career 1999–present
Former teams Iraklis Thessaloniki (1999–04)
Awards 4x Greek League MVP 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008
5x Euroleague Defensive Player of The Year 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
2x Acropolis Tournament MVP 2005, 2006
All-Euroleague First Team 2007
Euroleague Final Four MVP 2007
Mr. Europa 2007
Greek Athlete of the Year 2007
Greek Cup MVP 2009

Dimitris Diamantidis (alternate spelling: Dimitrios Diamantidis) (in Greek: Δημήτρης Διαμαντίδης) (born May 6, 1980 in Kastoria, Greece) is a Greek professional basketball player. He is 198 cm (6'6")[4] in height. He started his youth career with his home team in Kastoria in 1994, at the age of 14, and he stayed there for 5 years. Kastoria's gym was renamed "Dimitris Diamantidis" in his honor, because it was the first place where he played basketball.

He currently plays for the Greek League team Panathinaikos Athens. On the basis of his achievements in Greek and European basketball, and his pivotal role in the success of the Greek national team at the world stage, he is widely considered to be one of the best Greek basketball players of all time.

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Player profile

Diamantidis is left-handed and he can play as a point guard, shooting guard and small forward. He can also play as a point forward. He has a big wingspan for his height, which has led to him being given the nickname of Octopus Man or The Octopus. He is generally a pass first play maker and an excellent catch-and-shoot 3 point shooter. He likes to post up smaller point guards. He is generally considered to be one of the best perimeter defensive players in the Euroleague; since the award Euroleague Best Defender was established in the 2004-05 season, he has won the award every single season. He was named the Mister Europa European Player of the Year in 2007.

Professional career

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Iraklis

In the summer of 1999, at the age of 19, he began his professional career when he transferred to Iraklis Thessaloniki and became a starting player there by his second season. Diamantidis helped to bring Iraklis, one of the oldest Greek teams back into prominence after the club had been struggling. With Iraklis, Diamantidis won the Greek League MVP award in the 2003-04 season.

Panathinaikos

Diamantidis moved a big step up in his career with his move to Panathinaikos of Athens in 2004; a basketball powerhouse of the Greek League and also of the Euroleague. With Panathinaikos, he has won the Greek Championship 5 times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009), the Greek Cup 5 times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009) and the Euroleague Championship 2 times (2007, 2009)

Diamantidis has won several individual trophies since joining Panathinaikos, such as the Euroleague Defensive Player of The Year 5 times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)[5], the Greek League MVP 4 times (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008) and the Euroleague Final Four MVP (2007). Dimitris was also named the 2007 Mr. Europa European Player of the Year, the 2007 Greek Athlete of the Year, and the MVP of the Greek Cup in 2009.

Due to these great individual and team successes, the president of Panathinaikos, pharmaceutical magnate Pavlos Giannakopoulos, has signed Diamantidis through the year 2010 at an annual fee of about 1.9 million euros net income.

Euroleague statistics

Euroleague official website, Dimitris Diamantidis' page. [6]

SEASON LEAGUE TEAM GP MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG
2004-05 Euroleague Panathinaikos 25 27.4 8.5 3.7 3.1 2.0 0.6
2005-06 Euroleague Panathinaikos 23 30.1 8.7 4.5 2.9 2.3 0.8
2006-07 Euroleague Panathinaikos 24 29.1 8.9 3.9 3.9 2.2 0.6
2007-08 Euroleague Panathinaikos 19 31.0 8.5 5.3 3.3 1.8 0.7
2008-09 Euroleague Panathinaikos 21 27.3 8.5 4.4 3.1 1.5 0.5

Greek national team

Medal record
Men's Basketball
Competitor for Greece
FIBA World Championship
Silver 2006 Japan National Team
FIBA European Championship
Gold 2005 Serbia National Team

Diamantidis is a member of the senior Greek national basketball team. With the senior national team of Greece he won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005. During the European Championship that year, he led the tournament in assists and he was selected to the all-tournament team. In the tournament semifinals against the French national basketball team, Diamantidis hit a game-winning 3 point shot with Greece trailing by a score of 66-64 at the end of the game to give Greece the 67-66 victory and send them to the European Championship's final game.

He was also a member of the Greek national team that went on to win the silver medal the next year at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. He was a key defensive factor in Greece's historic 101-95 victory against Team USA in the semifinals.

Diamantidis was also a member of Greece's national team that competed at the 2004 Olympic Basketball Tournament, which was held in Athens, Greece. He was also been selected to play on Greece's national team for the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament in Beijing, China.

Diamantidis was also on the Greek teams that participated at the EuroBasket 2003 and the EuroBasket 2007. With his national team he has also won the silver medal at the 2001 Mediterranean Games and the gold medal at the 2006 Stanković Continental Champions’ Cup. He has also won 6 Acropolis Tournaments with his national squad, being the Acropolis Tournament's MVP twice, in the years 2005 and 2006.

Awards and honors

Pro career

Greek national team

References

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