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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 played 23 minutes in his return to the lineup on Thursday with four points, two rebounds, four assists and no turnovers.
He played a little more than expected, but that might have had a little to do with Jason Terry (personal) not playing. Papanikolaou is only going to be worth owning in very deep leagues and would lose even more value upon the return of Terrence Jones (leg). Dec 19 - 12:01 AM

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Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) will play against the Pelicans on Thursday.

He was diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain back on Dec. 5 and was expected to miss the 10 days, so he's right there. With Dwight Howard back, Papanikolaou is not much of a fantasy asset.
Dec 18 - 7:01 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) won't play against Denver on Wednesday.

He is still listed as questionable, but he is not with the team in Denver so it is safe to rule him out. You can safely ignore Papanikolaou in almost all leagues.
Dec 17 - 7:41 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) upgraded to questionable for Wednesday vs. Denver.

With Patrick Beverley and Dwight Howard back in the rotation, it's going to be difficult for Papanikolaou to get enough touches to sustain any value in standard leagues. He can safely be watched from the waiver wire in most leagues.
Dec 16 - 2:38 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) will not play against Denver on Saturday.

He suffered a grade 1 sprain on Dec. 5, but could return as soon as next week which is excellent news for the depleted Rockets. Papanikolaou carved out a decent role in the rotation due to a lot of injuries, but will only be an asset in deeper leagues until he earns more playing time.
Dec 13 - 11:13 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) will not play against the Nuggets on Saturday.

He is expected to miss a few more days at least due to a Grade 1 sprain. Papanikolaou didn't really show up on the scene until Dwight Howard went down, so his value is undesirable now that Howard is close to a return.
Dec 12 - 2:20 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou (knee) will not play on Thursday against the Kings.

He is expected to miss at least a few more days with his knee sprain. Papanikolaou will lose a lot of value once Terrence Jones (knee) comes back, so there is no reason to stash Big Papa.
Dec 11 - 9:37 PM

Kostas Papanikoloau (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday against the Warriors.

He was playing well for the Rockets as they dealt with injuries, but he is expected to miss multiple games with his Grade 1 sprain. Jason Terry actually has benefitted the most with the Rockets using three- and four-guard lineups.
Dec 8 - 2:50 PM

Kevin McHale has no updates on Kostas Papanikolaou's injured knee.

Pap was diagnosed with a Grade 1 sprain, and that can typically shelve a player for one-to-two weeks. Playing 25-to-30 minutes before going down, the Rockets are going to have to rely on guys like Donatas Motiejunas and Trevor Ariza even heavier with Terrence Jones (leg) and Dwight Howard (knee) still injured.

Kosta Papanikolaou (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday against the Suns.

The Rockets are going to have to get creative here with so many forwards and centers hurt. Francisco Garcia and Trevor Ariza figure to get more run while Donatas Motiejunas soaks up some extra playing time, too. Plus, the team might have to play Joey Dorsey more at center with D-Mo having to play more four. Luckily for them, the Suns do run a lot of small lineups. This should be a very up-tempo game tonight.
Dec 6 - 2:43 PM

Kosta Papanikolaou suffered a Grade 1 sprain of his knee on Friday and could miss the next 10 days.

The Rockets cannot catch a break with injuries and are going to have to figure out how to get their guys minutes in the front court. Francisco Garcia might get some more run while the Rockets could also go small and play James Harden at the three. Papanikolaou finished with 10 points, four boards, one assist, one block and four fouls in 26 minutes.
Dec 5 - 11:52 PM

Kostas Papanikolaou scored four points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 25 minutes off the bench on Monday.

Papaniko hit just 2-of-6 shots, missed all three of his attempts from deep, and turned the ball over five times. That's the bad news for tonight, but the appeal here is the injuries to Terrence Jones (leg) and Dwight Howard (knee), and as far as what's been reported the injury to Jones has a long-term component to it. The other appeal is the top-150 value he is already putting up in 25.3 mpg, despite hitting just 31.9 percent of his shots on the year. That's because he's averaging a combined 3.0 steals, blocks and treys per game, and if he can shoot somewhat respectably there is some decent upside.
Nov 25 - 12:29 AM

Kostas Papanikolaou had another nice game against the Mavericks on Saturday with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

The minutes jump off the page here and Papathreekolaou attempted six shots from deep. He figures to be a part of the solution at power forward, so fantasy owners can certainly look to grab him to help in deeper leagues. He's the biggest winner from the Dwight Howard (knee) injury.
Nov 23 - 4:40 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Jason Terry
3Isaiah Canaan
4Alexey Shved
SG1James Harden
2Corey Brewer
3Nick Johnson
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Kostas Papanikolaou
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Joey Dorsey
4Clint Capela
C1Dwight Howard
2Tarik Black