Zisis warming up with the senior Greek national team, in 2008.
|No. 16 – Club Joventut Badalona|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Born||August 16, 1983|
|Listed height||6 ft 5.75 in (1.97 m)|
|Listed weight||98 kg (216 lb)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Nikolaos "Nikos" Zisis (alternate spelling: Zissis; Greek: Νικόλαος "Νίκος" Ζήσης; born August 16, 1983) is a Greek professional basketball player for Joventut Badalona of the Spanish Liga ACB. At a height of 1.97 m (6'5 3⁄4") tall, he plays at both the point guard and shooting guard positions.
During his senior men's playing career, Zisis won the 2008 EuroLeague championship, while a member of CSKA Moscow. Zisis also won 9 national league championships in various European domestic leagues (four Italian League titles, two Russian League titles, two German League titles, and one Greek League title). In addition to that, he also won 8 national cup titles (four Italian Cups, two German Cups, one Russian Cup, and one Greek Cup). Two of his club teams, XAN Thessaloniki and Brose Bamberg, retired his team jerseys.
As a member of the senior Greek national basketball team, Zisis won the gold medal at the 2005 EuroBasket, the silver medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, and the bronze medal at the 2009 EuroBasket.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Professional career
- 3 National team career
- 4 Player profile
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Career statistics
- 7 Awards and accomplishments
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Zisis started his basketball playing career in the year 1996, playing with the junior teams of XAN Thessaloniki (English: YMCA Thessaloniki). He was with the club until 2000. The club would later go on to retire his jersey, in 2018.
Greece and Italy
At the age of 17, Zisis moved to Athens, and to the Greek League team AEK, where he began his professional basketball career. With AEK, he won the Greek Cup in 2001, and also the Greek League championship, in 2002. He also won the Greek League Best Young Player award in 2002.
He then moved to Treviso, Italy, and played on the Italian League team Benetton Treviso. With Treviso, he won the Italian Super Cup and the Italian League championship in the year 2006, and also the Italian Cup in the year 2007. He then left Italy, and moved to Moscow, Russia.
Russia, Italy and Spain
On June 13, 2007, he signed a 3-year contract worth €5 million euros net income with the Russian team CSKA Moscow. With CSKA, Zisis won the EuroLeague championship at the 2008 EuroLeague Final Four. In 2009, he left CSKA, and signed a 2-year contract worth €1.6 million euros net income with the Italian League club Montepaschi Siena. In 2010, he signed a 2-year extension with Montepaschi.
On December 29, 2014, the Turkish League club Fenerbahçe Ülker acquired Zisis. With Zisis playing 24.4 minutes per game, Fenerbahçe advanced to the 2015 EuroLeague Final Four. It was the first time in the team's history that they made it to the EuroLeague Final Four. However, on May 15, 2015, they lost in the EuroLeague semifinals to Real Madrid, by a score of 87–96.
On July 16, 2015, Zisis signed a two-year contract with the German Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) club Brose Bamberg. In 2017, he extended his contract with Brose, through the year 2019. With Bamberg, he won two German BBL League championships (2016, 2017) and two German Cups (2017, 2019). In the 2019 German Cup Final, Zisis hit the game-winner, with 2.4 seconds left in the game, to give Bamberg an 83–82 win over Alba Berlin.
National team career
Greek junior national team
With Greece's junior national teams, Zisis won the silver medal at the 1999 FIBA Under-16 European Championship, and he also led the tournament in scoring. He also won the bronze medal at the 2000 FIBA Under-18 European Championship. Zisis also won the gold medal with the Greek junior national team at the 2002 FIBA Under-20 European Championship, where he was also named the tournament's MVP.
Greek senior national team
Zisis' first game with Greece's second selection 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 men's Greek national basketball team, Zisis won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2005, 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 EuroBasket in 2005, Zisis was named the FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year.
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 2006 World Championship, as the injury required surgery. Even though Greece lost Zisis, who was their leading scorer the year before at the EuroBasket 2005, they were still able to win the silver medal (including an improbable upset victory over Team USA in the semifinals) during the World Championship tournament.
At the EuroBasket 2007, 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 EuroBasket, against the Slovenian national basketball team. The comeback was called "the miracle". Greece finished the tournament in 4th place.
Zisis has also competed with Greece at the 2004 Summer Olympics, where Greece finished in 5th place in the world, and at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where Greece also finished in 5th place in the world. He also played at the following tournaments: the EuroBasket 2009, where he won a bronze medal, the 2010 FIBA World Championship, the EuroBasket 2011, the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, the EuroBasket 2013, the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, and the EuroBasket 2015.
Zisis is 1.97 m (6 ft 5 3⁄4 in) tall, and he plays mainly at the point guard and shooting guard positions, although he can also play at the small forward position if necessary. His primary position with his pro club teams is point guard, while his primary position with the Greek national team was shooting guard. Zisis is known as "The Lord of the Rings", because he is the Greek player with the most combined medals won at the cadet, junior, young men's, and senior men's FIBA European and world tournaments.
Zisis is very close friends with his fellow Greek national basketball team player Vassilis Spanoulis, and he is also friends with Italian national basketball team player Andrea Bargnani. He married Fani Skoufi in 2010, with Vassilis Spanoulis being his best man. His nickname is "The Lord of the Rings."
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Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
Awards and accomplishments
Club titles and national team medals won
- Lega Basket Serie A (3): 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12
- Italian Cup (3): (2010, 2011, 2012)
- Italian Cup Supercup (3): (2010, 2011, 2012)
- EuroLeague champion: 2007–08
- Russian Professional Championship: (2) 2007–08, 2008–09
- VTB United League: 2008–09
- Russian Cup: 2013–14
- Basketball Bundesliga champion (2): 2015–16, 2016–17
- BBL-Pokal (2): 2017, 2018–19
- BBL Champions Cup: 2015
Greek junior national team
- 1999 FIBA Under-16 European Championship: Silver
- 2000 FIBA Under-18 European Championship: Bronze
- 2002 FIBA Under-20 European Championship: Gold
Greek senior national team
- 2001 Mediterranean Games: Silver
- 8× Acropolis Tournament Champion: (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013)
- 2005 EuroBasket: Gold
- 2006 FIBA Stanković Continental Champions’ Cup: Gold
- 2006 FIBA World Championship: Silver
- 2009 EuroBasket: Bronze
- FIBA Under-16 European Championship Top Scorer: 1999
- Greek League Best Young Player: 2001–02
- FIBA Under-20 European Championship MVP: 2002
- 2× Greek League All-Star: 2004, 2005
- FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year: 2005
- Acropolis Tournament MVP: (2013)
- Jersey retired by XAN Thessaloniki: 2018
- German Cup Final MVP: 2019
- Number 6 jersey retired by Brose Bamberg: 2019
- ZISIS, NIKOS HEIGHT: 1.97
- Nikolaos Zisis CM 197
- Basketblog.gr Zisis signs with CSKA. (in Greek)
- "CSKA lands Nikos Zisis". Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- Μάνος Μίχαλος (1 July 2009). "Στη Σιένα ο Ζήσης!". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- "Zisis to renew with Siena". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- "ACB.COM - Nikos Zisis, nuevo base del Gescrap Bizkaia Bilbao Basket". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- "UNICS KAZAN brings Zisis back to Russia - Eurocup 2013-14 - Welcome to Eurocup". Archived from the original on 2 December 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- "Fenerbahce Ulker stocks backcourt with Zisis". Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- "Fenerbahce for the first time in the Final Four". eurohoops.net. 20 April 2015. Archived from the original on 18 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Real Madrid heads to third straight final after beating Fenerbahce". euroleague.net. 15 May 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
- "Brose Baskets signs Zisis, Idbihi". Euroleague.net. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
- Bamberg lock up captain Harris until 2020.
- "83:82 über Berlin – Zisis macht Bamberg zum Pokalsieger: Dreier des Griechen entscheidet Finale". www.easycredit-bbl.de. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
- "Der „My Part of History Tag" war (nahezu) ein voller Erfolg". Brose Bamberg Basketball. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
- "Joventut signs experienced playmaker Zisis". EuroCupBasketball.com. 15 July 2019. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
- "Zisis To Lift Player Of The Year Trophy In Treviso - FIBA Europe". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- Nikos ZISIS (GRE).
- Nikos Zisis honoured by the Greek Basketball Federation.
- "Nikos Zisis - 2010 FIBA World Championship - FIBA.COM". FIBA.COM. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- Olagiatogamo.gr Νίκος Ζήσης & Φανή Σκουφή (in Greek). Archived 2013-11-04 at the Wayback Machine
- "Madrid 2015 - Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL". Retrieved 3 January 2016.
- Nikos Zisis at acb.com (in Spanish)
- Nikos Zisis at basket.gr (in Greek)
- Nikos Zisis at baskethotel.com
- Nikos Zisis at draftexpress.com
- Nikos Zisis at eurobasket.com
- Nikos Zisis at euroleague.net
- Nikos Zisis at fiba.com (archive)
- Nikos Zisis at fibaeurope.com
- Nikos Zisis at legabasket.it (in Italian)
- Nikos Zisis at esake.gr (in Greek)
- Nikos Zisis on Twitter