Kostas Sloukas
Sloukas with Fenerbahçe, in 2018
No. 11 – Olympiacos
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueGreek Basket League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1990-01-15) January 15, 1990 (age 32)
Thessaloniki, Greece
NationalityGreek
Listed height6 ft 1.50 in (1.87 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2012 / Undrafted
Playing career2008–present
Career history
2008–2015Olympiacos
2010–2011Aris
2015–2020Fenerbahçe
2020–presentOlympiacos
Career highlights and awards

Konstantinos "Kostas" Sloukas (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Σλούκας; born January 15, 1990) is a Greek professional basketball player for Olympiacos of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague. He is also a regular member of the senior National Team of Greece. He is a left-handed, 1.87m (6'2 34") tall[1][2] point guard, who can also play at the shooting guard position.

Sloukas has played in six EuroLeague Finals (2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018), winning the title on three occasions (2012, 2013, and 2017). He was a member of the All-EuroLeague First Team in 2019.

Early career

Sloukas began playing club basketball as a youth, with Megas Alexandros Thessaloniki. Then he moved to the Mandoulides School youth teams, in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Professional career

Olympiacos Piraeus

Sloukas joined the Greek Basket League power Olympiacos Piraeus, in the year 2008.[3] He then spent the 2008–09 and 2009–10 seasons with the club. He made his debut in Greece's top-tier level Basket League, during the 2008–09 season, and made his debut in Europe's top-tier level, the EuroLeague, during the 2009–10 season. He also won the Greek Cup title with Olympiacos, in 2010.

Aris Thessaloniki loan

Sloukas was loaned by Olympiacos, to the Greek club Aris Thessaloniki, in 2010.[4] While a member of Aris, he was named the Greek Basket League's Best Young Player of the Greek Basket League 2010–11 season. With Aris, he also played in Europe's second-tier level competition, the EuroCup, during the same season.[5]

Back to Olympiacos Piraeus

After spending the 2010–11 season with Aris, on loan from Olympiacos,[6] Sloukas returned to Olympiacos for the 2011–12 season. With Olympiacos, he went on to win both the 2012 Greek League championship, and the 2012 EuroLeague championship. He then signed a 3-year contract extension with Olympiacos, in June 2012.[7]

With Olympiacos, Sloukas also won the 2013 EuroLeague championship, and the 2013 FIBA Intercontinental Cup championship. In his last season with Olympiacos, Sloukas was selected to the Greek League Best Five team, and he also played in the 2015 EuroLeague Finals.

Fenerbahçe İstanbul

On June 29, 2015, Sloukas signed a three-year contract (with the 3rd year being optional) with the Turkish Super League club Fenerbahçe İstanbul.[8] With Fenerbahçe, he made it to the 2016 EuroLeague Finals, and then won the 2017 EuroLeague championship. In the summer of 2017, Sloukas signed a new 3-year contract with Fenerbahçe (with the 3rd year being optional),[9][10] at a salary of 1.7 million euros net income per season.[11]

Sloukas played in his third straight EuroLeague Finals with Fenerbahçe, as the club also made it to the 2018 EuroLeague Finals, where they eventually lost to Real Madrid, by a score of 85–80.[12] During the 2017–18 EuroLeague season, Sloukas averaged career-highs of 10 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 5.4 assists per game, in 35 games played.[13]

As a member of Fenerbahçe, Sloukas also won three Turkish Super League championships (2016, 2017, 2018), the Turkish Cup (2016), and two Turkish President's Super Cups (2016, 2017). On 25 April 2019, Sloukas, was the star yet again for the Turkish side as he finished the game with a double-double of 25 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals against BC Žalgiris helping his club to win the series with an aggregate 3-1 to secure a place in the FInal-4 for a fifth consecutive season. Sloukas has qualified for seven Final-4's in his career, with all seven appearances coming in the last eight seasons. On July 23, 2020 Sloukas and the Turkish club officially parted ways after five successful seasons.[14]

Return to Olympiacos

On July 24, 2020, Sloukas signed a three-year contract with Olympiacos.[15]

National team career

Sloukas (#10 in white), with the senior Greek national team, at EuroBasket 2017.
Sloukas (#10 in white), with the senior Greek national team, at EuroBasket 2017.

Greek junior national team

With Greece's junior national teams, Sloukas won the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, and the gold medal at the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, where he was also voted to the All-Tournament Team.[16] He also won the silver medal at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, and the gold medal at the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. He also won the silver medal at the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship with Greece's junior national team.

Greek senior national team

Sloukas became a member of the senior men's Greek national basketball team in 2011. With Greece's senior men's national team, he has played at the following tournaments: the EuroBasket 2011, the EuroBasket 2013, the 2014 FIBA World Cup, the EuroBasket 2015, and the EuroBasket 2017. He also played at the 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification.[17]

Personal life

Sloukas is nicknamed, "Slouky Luke" (pronounced Slucky Luke)[18][19] or the "man who shoots and passes faster than his shadow", which is a word play on his name and the Lucky Luke character.[20][21]

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Sloukas' team won the EuroLeague

EuroLeague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2009–10 Olympiacos 1 0 5.4 .000 .000 .500 1.0 .0 .0 .0 1.0 .0
2011–12 15 0 14.7 .520 .556 .875 1.7 1.6 .7 .1 5.5 7.3
2012–13 30 0 14.5 .413 .431 .870 1.6 1.2 .4 .0 5.2 5.1
2013–14 28 2 19.4 .431 .377 .816 1.5 2.9 .5 .2 6.5 7.0
2014–15 29 0 18.0 .362 .346 .868 1.9 3.1 .6 .1 6.7 8.8
2015–16 Fenerbahçe 21 7 20.0 .449 .345 .860 1.7 3.0 .3 .0 6.7 8.1
2016–17 29 14 26.1 .445 .429 .870 2.1 4.5 .6 .2 9.2 9.8
2017–18 35 10 24.8 .445 .381 .916 2.5 5.4 .6 .1 10.0 12.7
2018–19 33 12 26.6 .522 .449 .934 2.2 4.8 .5 .2 11.6 15.2
2019–20 25 19 29.3 482 .422 .938 2.8 6.1 .5 .9 11.8 15.5
Career 221 45 21.0 .445 .406 .883 1.9 3.5 .5 .1 8.0 9.6

Awards and accomplishments

Pro career

Greek junior national team

References

  1. ^ SLOUKAS, KOSTAS HEIGHT: 1.87.
  2. ^ Sloukas, Kostas Height: 1.87.
  3. ^ Euroleague.net Reds sign Sloukas.
  4. ^ Aris BSA 2003 gets point guard Sloukas on loan.
  5. ^ SLOUKAS, KOSTAS EuroCup 2010-11 STATISTICS.
  6. ^ Aris BSA 2003 gets point guard Sloukas on loan.
  7. ^ Euroleague.net Olympiacos holds onto Kostas Sloukas.
  8. ^ "Fenerbahce Ulker Signed Kostas Sloukas". fenerbahce.org. 29 June 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2015.
  9. ^ Fenerbahce re-signs Sloukas, Hersek.
  10. ^ Giannakopoulos implies PAO might be in the run to sign Kostas Sloukas next year.
  11. ^ SLOUKAS RENEWS CONTRACT WITH FENERBAHCE.
  12. ^ "Real Madrid is 2018 EuroLeague champion". euroleague.net. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
  13. ^ SLOUKAS, KOSTAS EuroLeague 2017-18 STATISTICS.
  14. ^ "Fenerbahce, Kostas Sloukas part ways". Sportando. July 23, 2020. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  15. ^ "Olympiacos signs Kostas Sloukas to multi-year contract". Sportando. July 24, 2020. Retrieved July 24, 2020.
  16. ^ FIBAEurope.com All Tournament Team.
  17. ^ Kostas SLOUKAS (GRE).
  18. ^ “SLOUKY LUKE,” GREECE STUN LITHUANIA.
  19. ^ Saturday Review: Greece stun Lithuania; Germany advance as France's long streak ends.
  20. ^ Sloukas: “Fenerbahçe Ailesinin Bir Parçası Olduğum İçin Çok Mutluyum” (in Turkish).
  21. ^ Επικό ποστάρισμα! Και επίσημα "Slouky Luke" ο Κώστας Σλούκας! (in Greek).