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  Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Nikos Zissis- More attractive for the NBA now?
By Jonathan Givony

Written href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> our href=/profile//> scout href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Greece, href=/profile//> Dimitris href=/profile//> Ritsonis.

Nikolaos href=/profile//> Zissis href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> we href=/profile//> call href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> "new href=/profile//> face" href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> Basketball. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> 21-year href=/profile//> old href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> member href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> AEK href=/profile//> Athens' href=/profile//> squad href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> slowly href=/profile//> becoming href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> around. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> 1999, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> member href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> Cadets' href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Team, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> silver href=/profile//> medal href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> Cadets href=/profile//> Championship, href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team's href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> scorer href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> following href=/profile//> summer href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> member href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> impressive href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Team, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> finished href=/profile//> 3rd href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Europe. href=/profile//> Zissis href=/profile//> joined href=/profile//> AEK's href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> squad href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 2000-01. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> 2.8 href=/profile//> ppg href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> summer href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> 2001, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Gold href=/profile//> Medal href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> European href=/profile//> U-20 href=/profile//> Championship. href=/profile//> From href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 2001-02 href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> AEK's href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> guard. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> same href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Championship href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Greek href=/profile//> A1, href=/profile//> being href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> AEK's href=/profile//> squad. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> past href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> seasons, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> continued href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> AEK, href=/profile//> until href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> years' href=/profile//> play-offs, href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> given href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> "ok" href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> spot. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fine href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> 9.1 href=/profile//> ppg href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> A1 href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 8.6 href=/profile//> ppg href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> called href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Olympic href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> 7.0 href=/profile//> ppg href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 17.0 href=/profile//> mpg. href=/profile//>

This href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> however, href=/profile//> Zissis' href=/profile//> fruitful href=/profile//> career href=/profile//> so href=/profile//> far href=/profile//> seems href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> its href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> step. href=/profile//> AEK href=/profile//> Athens href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> depending href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> him, href=/profile//> although href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> coach href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> asking href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> take href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> department href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> time.
href=/profile//>
Despite href=/profile//> Zissis' href=/profile//> excellent href=/profile//> scoring href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> admirable href=/profile//> maturity, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> easily href=/profile//> place href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> among href=/profile//> A1's href=/profile//> top-10 href=/profile//> scorers, href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> coaches href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> asking href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> position. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> reason href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> future href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> summer's href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> Draft. href=/profile//> Zissis href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> running href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> few href=/profile//> months, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> succeed href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> tall href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> European-type href=/profile//> undersized href=/profile//> SG, href=/profile//> that’s href=/profile//> lacking href=/profile//> athleticism href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> considered href=/profile//> solely href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> above-average href=/profile//> shooter href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> position. href=/profile//>

If href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> joins href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> shooting href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> ever href=/profile//> achieve href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> becoming href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> poor href=/profile//> man's href=/profile//> Ibrahim href=/profile//> Kutluay. href=/profile//> Zissis, href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> great href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague, href=/profile//> seriously href=/profile//> lacks href=/profile//> size href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> athleticism, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> fine href=/profile//> passer, href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ability href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> carry href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> definitely href=/profile//> use href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> experience href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> order href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> finish href=/profile//> plays href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> ways. href=/profile//> His href=/profile//> defense href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> thing href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> bulk href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> managed href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> absorb href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> important href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> skills, href=/profile//> which href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> completely href=/profile//> prove href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> owns href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> goes href=/profile//> by. href=/profile//>

Right href=/profile//> now, href=/profile//> Zissis href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> started href=/profile//> completing href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> difficult href=/profile//> switch href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> spot href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> another, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> knows href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> only href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> drafted href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> gain href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> possible href=/profile//> spot href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> summer's href=/profile//> Eurobasket href=/profile//> team, href=/profile//> since href=/profile//> fellow href=/profile//> talented href=/profile//> youngster href=/profile//> Kostas href=/profile//> Vassiliadis href=/profile//> may href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> let href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> SG href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> National href=/profile//> Team. href=/profile//> As href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> averaging href=/profile//> 10.3 href=/profile//> ppg href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> 4.5 href=/profile//> apg href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> 4 href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> fine href=/profile//> numbers href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> any href=/profile//> standard. href=/profile//> All href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> needs href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> right href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> try href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> improve href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> more href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> carry href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Euroleague href=/profile//> top-16, href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> order href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> concrete href=/profile//> himself href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> June.

 
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