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Ioannis Giannoulis
Position Forward-Center
Height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 255 lb (116 kg)
League Greek League
Euroleague
Team Panionios
Born June 5, 1976 (1976-06-05) (age 33)
Toronto, Canada
Nationality Canada Canadian / Greece Greek
Pro career 1994–present
Former teams PAOK Thessaloniki (1994-01)
Panathinaikos (2001-02)
Huntsville Flight (2002-03)
Panionios (2003-04)
Unicaja Malaga (2004)
BC Kiev (2004-05)
Cajasol Sevilla (2005-06)
Aris Thessaloniki (2006-07)
Awards All-Euroleague Second Team 2001

Ioannis Giannoulis (also spelled Giannis Giannoulis and Yannis Giannoulis) (born June 5, 1976 in Toronto, Canada) is a Greek-Canadian professional basketball player. He is 2.08 m (6'10") in height and he plays mainly at the center position, but he can also play at the power forward position. He is currently a player of Panionios.

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Pro career

Europe

A great talent at the center position, Giannoulis competed many years at the highest European level and participated in many Euroleague games. He was an All-Euroleague Second team member in the Euroleague 2000-01 season while playing for PAOK, before winning the Euroleague 2001-02 championship with Panathinaikos the following year.

In his career he has played with the following European teams: PAOK Thessaloniki, Panathinaikos, Panionios, Unicaja Malaga, BC Kiev, Cajasol Sevilla, and Aris Thessaloniki. He is one of only two Greek players in history, along with Dimos Dikoudis, to compete in the Euroleague with 4 different teams.

Fall from grace

A controversial doping scandal at the end of the 2001-2002 season cost him a ban from all European continental cup competitions for 2 years and basically ruined his career. However, that does not change the fact that Giannoulis was widely considered to be one of the best big men competing in Europe at the time he was banned.

United States

Giannoulis also played with the NBA club the Toronto Raptors during the 2002 NBA pre-season. He also played with the Huntsville Flight (now called the Albuquerque Thunderbirds) of the D-League during the 2002-2003 season. Rather than submit to a drug test, Giannoulis requested to be waived from his NBDL team and returned back to the Greek League, where drug testing was not currently being done on players.

Return to Europe

After playing professionally in the United States during his drug ban, Giannoulis returned to Europe to play in the Greek League for the 2003-2004 season, but for several years his career never recovered to its previous level before the doping scandal.

Redemption

The 2007-2008 season did however mark a great comeback for Giannoulis. Playing with Panionios in the ULEB Cup he had a great individual season and in the Greek League 2007-08 season he led Panionios to the 3-2 series playoff victory over Maroussi in the league's next season 3rd place Euroleague qualifier match.

Greek national team

Giannoulis has also been a member of the Greek national basketball team. He competed for Greece at the 1997 FIBA European Championship, the 1999 FIBA European Championship and also the 2001 FIBA European Championship. After being banned from pro competitions due to a drug scandal, he was removed from the national team and was never recalled to it.

Awards and accomplishments

External links

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Ioannis Giannoulis
Position Forward-Center
Height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Weight 255 lb (116 kg)
League Greek League
Euroleague
Team Vouliagmeni
Born June 5, 1976 (1976-06-05) (age 34)
Toronto, Canada
Nationality Canadian / Greek
Pro career 1994–present
Former teams PAOK Thessaloniki (1994-01)
Panathinaikos (2001-02)
Huntsville Flight (2002-03)
Panionios (2003-04)
Unicaja Malaga (2004)
BC Kiev (2004-05)
Cajasol Sevilla (2005-06)
Aris Thessaloniki (2006-07)
Awards All-Euroleague Second Team 2001

Ioannis Giannoulis (also spelled Giannis Giannoulis and Yannis Giannoulis) (born June 5, 1976 in Toronto, Canada) is a Greek-Canadian professional basketball player. He is 2.08 m (6'10") in height and he plays mainly at the center position, but he can also play at the power forward position. He is currently a player of Vouliagmeni in the championship of B' Eskana of SouthEastern Athens.

Contents

Pro career

Europe

A great talent at the center position, Giannoulis competed many years at the highest European level and participated in many Euroleague games. He was an All-Euroleague Second team member in the Euroleague 2000-01 season while playing for PAOK, before winning the Euroleague 2001-02 championship with Panathinaikos the following year.

In his career he has played with the following European teams: PAOK Thessaloniki, Panathinaikos, Panionios, Unicaja Malaga, BC Kiev, Cajasol Sevilla, and Aris Thessaloniki. He is one of only two Greek players in history, along with Dimos Dikoudis, to compete in the Euroleague with 4 different teams.

Fall from grace

A controversial doping scandal at the end of the 2001-2002 season cost him a ban from all European continental cup competitions for 2 years and basically ruined his career. However, that does not change the fact that Giannoulis was widely considered to be one of the best big men competing in Europe at the time he was banned.

United States

Giannoulis also played with the NBA club the Toronto Raptors during the 2002 NBA pre-season. He also played with the Huntsville Flight (now called the Albuquerque Thunderbirds) of the D-League during the 2002-2003 season. Rather than submit to a drug test, Giannoulis requested to be waived from his NBDL team and returned back to the Greek League, where drug testing was not currently being done on players.

Return to Europe

After playing professionally in the United States during his drug ban, Giannoulis returned to Europe to play in the Greek League for the 2003-2004 season, but for several years his career never recovered to its previous level before the doping scandal.

Redemption

The 2007-2008 season did however mark a great comeback for Giannoulis. Playing with Panionios in the ULEB Cup he had a great individual season and in the Greek League 2007-08 season he led Panionios to the 3-2 series playoff victory over Maroussi in the league's next season 3rd place Euroleague qualifier match.

Greek national team

Giannoulis has also been a member of the Greek national basketball team. He competed for Greece at the 1997 FIBA European Championship, the 1999 FIBA European Championship and also the 2001 FIBA European Championship. After being banned from pro competitions due to a drug scandal, he was removed from the national team and was never recalled to it.

Awards and accomplishments

External links

  1. REDIRECT Template:Panathinaikos BC 2001–02 Euroleague champions


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