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Nikolaos "Nikos" Zisis
Νικόλαος "Νίκος" Ζήσης
Zisis in the middle.
Zisis in the middle.
Nickname Super Nikos
Position Point Guard
Shooting Guard
Height 6 ft 5.75 in (1.97 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg)
League Italian League
Team Montepaschi Siena
Born August 16, 1983 (1983-08-16) (age 26)
Thessaloniki, Greece
Nationality Greek
Pro career 2000–present
Former teams AEK Athens (2000-05)
Benetton Treviso (2005-07)
CSKA Moscow (2007-09)
Awards Greek League Young Player of the Year 2002
FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP 2002
FIBA Europe Young Player of The Year 2005

Nikolaos "Nikos" Zisis (alternate spelling: Zissis) (in Greek: Νικόλαος "Νίκος" Ζήσης) (born August 16, 1983 in Thessaloniki, Greece) is a Greek professional basketball player. He is 1.97 m (6 ft 5 ¾ in) tall and he plays the point guard and shooting guard positions. He is currently with the pro club Montepaschi Siena.


Pro career

Zisis started his playing career in the year 1996 at a local Saloniki youth basketball team, at the YMCA (in Greek: ΧΑΝΘ). At the age of 17, he moved to Athens and to the Greek League team AEK Athens, where he began his professional basketball career. With AEK he won the Greek Cup in 2001, and also the Greek Championship in 2002. He also won the Greek League Young Player of the Year award in 2002.

He then moved to Treviso, Italy and played on the Italian League team Benetton Treviso. With Benetton, he won the Italian Super Cup and the Italian Championship in the year 2006, and also the Italian Cup in the year 2007. He then left Italy and moved to Moscow, Russia.

On June 13, 2007, he signed a 3-year contract worth 5 million euros net income with the Russian Super League team CSKA Moscow.[1][2] With CSKA, Zisis won the Euroleague Championship during the Euroleague 2007-08 season. In 2009, he left CSKA and signed a 2 year contract worth 1.8 million euros net income with the Italian League club Montepaschi Siena.[3]

Greek national team

Olympic medal record
Competitor for Greece
FIBA European Championship
Gold 2005 Serbia National Team
Bronze 2009 Poland National Team
FIBA World Championship
Silver 2006 Japan National Team

With Greece's junior national teams, Zisis won the silver medal at the 1999 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and he also led the tournament in scoring. He also won the bronze medal at the 2000 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He was an All Star at the 2001 Albert Schweitzer Tournament. Zisis also won the gold medal with the Greek junior national team at the 2002 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he was also named the tournament's MVP. His first game with Greece's senior national team took place in Tunis, at the 2001 Mediterranean Games, on September 3, 2001. At the Mediterranean Games, he helped Greece win the silver medal at the tournament.

As a member of the senior Greek national basketball team, Zisis won the gold medal at the 2005 FIBA European Championship, which was held in Serbia and Montenegro. He was Greece's leading scorer during the tournament, averaging 10.6 points per game. At the end of the semifinal game against the French national basketball team, Zisis drove the length of the court, drove into the middle of the floor, drew a double team, and then dished the ball out to Dimitris Diamantidis, who hit a game-winning 3 pointer. After his great performance at the European Championship in 2005, Zisis was named the FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year[4].

The next year, at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, which was held in Japan, Zisis hit a game winning 3 point shot at the end of the game against the Australian national basketball team to give Greece a 72-69 victory. However, in the next game in the tournament he was hit on the cheekbone and eye socket bone by the elbow of the Brazilian national basketball team's Anderson Varejão. Zisis suffered a severe facial injury that forced him to sit out for the remaining entirety of the World Championship, as the injury required surgery. Even though Greece lost Zisis, who was their leading scorer the year before at the 2005 European Championship, they were still able to win the silver medal (including an improbable upset victory over Team USA in the semifinal game) during the World Championship tournament.

At the 2007 FIBA European Championship, Zisis was one of the two key Greek players along with Theo Papaloukas, that led Greece's national team to the biggest comeback in the history of the European Championship against the Slovenian national basketball team, called "the miracle". Greece finished the tournament in 4th place.

Zisis has also competed with Greece at the 2004 Olympic Basketball Tournament, where Greece finished in 5th place in the world and at the 2008 Olympic Basketball Tournament, where Greece finished in 5th place in the world.


Awards and accomplishments

Pro career

Greek national team


External links

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sani Bečirovič
FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship MVP
Succeeded by
Erazem Lorbek


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