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Mihalis Kakiouzis
Μιχάλης Κακιούζης
Kakiouzis wearing #5.
Kakiouzis wearing #5.
Position Small Forward
Power Forward
Height 6 ft 9.5 in (2.07 m)
Weight 240 lb (110 kg)
League Greek League
Euroleague
Team Aris Thessaloniki
Born November 29, 1976 (1976-11-29) (age 33)
Athens, Greece
Nationality Greek
Pro career 1992–present
Former teams Ionikos NF (1992-95)
AEK Athens (1995-02)
Montepaschi Siena (2002-05)
FC Barcelona (2005-07)
Cajasol Sevilla (2007-08)
Efes Pilsen (2008-09)

Michalis Kakiouzis (alternate spellings include: Michailis Kakiouzis and Mihalis Kakiouzis) (in Greek: Μιχάλης Κακιούζης; born November 29, 1976 in Athens, Greece) is a Greek professional basketball player.

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Professional career

Kakiouzis began playing basketball at the age of 8 with the Ionikos New Philadelphia Youth Academy of Ionikos, Greece. In the 1992-93 season he made his debut with the Ionikos N.F. senior club, in which he played three seasons in the Greek A2 League. At the age of 18 he became the 2nd scorer and rebounder of the Greek A2 League.

He was in the squad that brought Greece the gold medal in 1995 at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship for junior men. This was a stepping stone for his journey toward AEK Athens, as his performance at the 1995 Junior World Championship with Greece got him a contract with AEK, one of the powers of the Greek League.

Kakiouzis had a fruitful stay at AEK Athens. While with the club he won a Greek Championship in the 2001-02 season and he also won two Greek Cups in the years 2000 and 2001. He also won the Saporta Cup with AEK in the year 2000.

After leaving AEK Athens in the year 2002, Kakiouzis went on to play for Montepaschi Siena in Italy. With Siena he won both the Italian Championship and the Italian Supercup in the 2003-04 season. He was also named to the All-Italian League Team for the season by the eurobasket.com website.

Kakiouzis left Siena and joined FC Barcelona of the Spanish League in the year 2005. He stayed with Barcelona until his contract expiration in the year 2007. He then joined the Spanish club Cajasol Sevilla.

Kakiouzis signed with the Turkish League club Efes Pilsen in 2008. On August 27, 2009, he returned to the Greek League and signed with Aris Thessaloniki.

Greek national team

Olympic medal record
Competitor for Greece
Men's 2004 Olympics
FIBA European Championship
Gold 2005 Serbia Greece
FIBA World Championship
Silver 2006 Japan Greece

At the age of 15 Kakiouzis became a player of the National Junior Team of Greece. In 1993 with the Greek junior team he won the gold medal at the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He was also in the Greek junior squad that brought Greece the gold medal in 1995 at the FIBA Under-19 World Championship for junior men. He would later go on to be a key member on Greece's senior national team as well.

Kakiouzis was the captain of the senior men's Greek national basketball team. He was a member of the Greek team that won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005 and also a member of Greece's silver medal winning team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Kakiouzis was on Greece's team that competed at the 2004 Olympics Basketball Tournament, which was held in Athens. He has also competed with Greece's senior team at the EuroBasket 1999, EuroBasket 2001, EuroBasket 2003, and EuroBasket 2007.

Awards and achievements

Michalis Kakiouzis holds the 2005 FIBA European Championship trophy aloft.

Pro career

Greek National Team

External links

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