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Kostas Papanikolaou | Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/31/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 225
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Kostas Papanikolaou scored a career-high 19 points in a 98-92 loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
He was 4-of-7 from beyond the arc after missing his previous nine attempts in his last three games. Papanikolaou has picked up more playing time when the Rockets have missed out on Dwight Howard (knee) and that should continue if Dwight needs to miss more time. A Terrence Jones (leg) return would also really hurt Papanikolaou's value, so he's not a great pickup in standards. Nov 20 - 2:34 AM

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Rockets head coach Kevin McHale said Kostas Papanikolaou played well in the Rockets win over the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Papanikolaou scored 14 points off the bench in Mexico City to go along with four assists and four three-pointers in 24 minutes. "Papanikolaou played well," Rockets coach Kevin McHale said. "Paps is feeling his way around the league. I thought our young guys did pretty well." Papanikolaou can provide some fantasy value in deeper leagues, but Terrence Jones' eventual return from a leg injury should keep the 24-year-old on waivers in almost every league.
Nov 13 - 12:56 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou came off the bench to hit 4-of-8 shots (all 3-pointers) for 14 points and four assists in 24 minutes of Wednesday's easy win.

He's getting extra minutes with Terrence Jones out with a leg injury, but is still only worth a spot start in deep or daily leagues.
Nov 13 - 1:42 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou drew his first NBA start on Saturday against the Warriors with two points, 10 rebounds, one assist, three steals and five turnovers in 29 minutes.

He shot 1-of-9 from the field, so his misses and turnovers were greater than letters in his last name. Papanikolaou will likely move back to the bench when Dwight Howard (illness) is ready to go. He's only worth a look in 20-team leagues.
Nov 9 - 12:41 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou will start at power forward against the Warriors on Saturday.

The Rockets have no depth and will have to use Donatas Motiejunas as their backup center. Papanikolaou has been great at finding open spaces on the floor for clean looks and there's a good chance he scores in the teens tonight for the razor-thin Rockets.
Nov 8 - 7:38 PM

Rockets F Kostas Papanikolaou had a career night in 37 minutes off the bench vs. Miami, posting eight points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, five assists and two blocks in Houston's road win.

Terrence Jones (leg) and Tarik Black (thigh) were both sidelined, and Donatas Motiejunas picked up a few quick fouls, so Kostas quickly stepped into a bigger-than-normal role. He made the most of the opportunity and may have just earned himself a bigger role with this well-rounded performance, but it remains to be seen whether he'll sustain any relevance in fantasy leagues. With T-Jones day-to-day, we'd be skeptical about cutting a reliable bench player to pluck Papanikolaou off the waiver wire.
Nov 4 - 10:44 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou scored four points in his Houston debut on Tuesday, adding six rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 20 minutes.

He had a pretty decent game in limited minutes and it appears that he could become a key contributor off the Houston bench. However, unless he keeps this up he is only on the radar in really deep leagues.
Oct 29 - 2:36 AM

Kostas Papanikkolaou made just 1-of-7 from the field for five points with one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

It's the most minutes he's played with Trevor Ariza resting, but he's had a horrible preseason. In his last five, Papanikolaou made just 32.6 percent from the field and made just 15.0 percent from beyond the arc. He's probably not going to be in the rotation.
Oct 22 - 9:35 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou started for the Rockets on Tuesday and had 13 points, two rebounds and two steals on 5-of-8 shooting.

He looked good at times but it's still hard to see him getting more than a small role off the bench for the Rockets.
Oct 15 - 12:35 AM

The Rockets signed F Kostas Papanikolaou to a two-year, $4.8 million deal on Tuesday.

Papanikolaou was originally drafted by the Knicks in 2012. He's coming off a championship season with FC Barcelona, where he averaged 6.9 points and 3.4 rebounds in 25 minutes per game. Rockets VP of personnel Gianluca Pascucci said that Papanikolaou is "pretty good in transition and finishing," and he expects him to "improve and become a solid shooter." He should serve as a glue-guy off the bench, a role which isn't conducive to fantasy value.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 23 - 2:28 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou is excited to be making the jump to the NBA this season, and he's expected to officially sign sometime next week once his buyout with the Olympiakos becomes official.

"I don’t like to say I’m a scorer or a rebounder," said Kostas. "I try to do everything that I can in each game, play tough first of all and bring my energy and give my team whatever they need. If this is a loose ball, there will be a fight for the loose ball. If there is a crucial rebound, there is going to be a crucial rebound." Kostas will fight for minutes in a crowded Houston backcourt, and he's not really worth monitoring in standard leagues.
Sep 19 - 7:03 PM

Rockets sign F Kostas Papanikolaou.

It's a two-year deal worth $4.8 million in the first year and $4.6 million in the second year. Papanikolaou has some range as a shooter and he's 6'8", so he'll help the second unit on the wing. Trevor Ariza has been able to play big minutes lately, making Papanikolaou a player not worth watching in standard leagues just yet.
Aug 11 - 10:33 AM

The Rockets have reportedly struck a deal with Kostas Papanikolaou to bring him to the NBA.

Papanikolaou has played for the Greek National team, and European powerhouse Olympiakos, and he will now make the leap to the NBA. The deal is reportedly for two-years, with the second year being a team option. Kostas is a small forward with some decent size, but he's unlikely to become a rotation player during his first NBA season.
Aug 8 - 6:04 PM

FC Barcelona's Kostas Papanikolaou and the Rockets could not agree to terms on a contract and he will stay in Spain next season.

Papanikolaou and the Rockets were thought to be close on an agreement, but contract talks hit a snag and the Greek forward will not be making the leap to the NBA. Reports were that he was offered a 2-year deal worth between $4 and $5 million. The Rockets continually struck out this offseason, missing out on Chris Bosh, Carmelo Anthony, and losing Chandler Parsons. Now that the news has come out that Papanikolaou will be staying overseas, this may be another blow to their championship aspirations.
Jul 17 - 3:24 PM

The Houston Rockets are in talks to sign Kostas Papanikolaou.

The Rockets acquired Papanikolaou's rights in the Thomas Robinson trade with the Trail Blazers and are reportedly moving closer to inking the Greek forward to a two-year deal. The 22-year-old has played well with Olympiakos of the Greek League, but will need some seasoning in the NBA before he appears on fantasy owners' radars.
Jul 15 - 9:20 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Jason Terry
3Isaiah Canaan
SG1James Harden
2Nick Johnson
3Troy Daniels
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Francisco Garcia
3Kostas Papanikolaou
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Joey Dorsey
4Clint Capela
C1Dwight Howard
2Tarik Black