FC Barcelona lands All-EuroLeague playmaker Calathes

Jul 09, 2020 by Euroleague.net Print
FC Barcelona lands All-EuroLeague playmaker Calathes

One of the best point guards in Turkish Airlines EuroLeague history switched powerhouses with FC Barcelona signing Nick Calathes to a three-year deal. Calathes (1.96 meters, 31 years old) arrives from Panathinaikos OPAP Athens, where he played eight seasons over two periods - from 2009 to 2012 and 2015 until now. In his first stint with Panathinaikos, Calathes helped the Greens win the EuroLeague in 2011. More recently, Calathes was chosen to the All-EuroLeague First Team for both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 campaigns.

Calathes has led the EuroLeague in assists in each of the last three seasons and ranks second all-time in that category (1,260) behind only Vassilis Spanoulis (1,516). He is also fourth all-time in steals (298). Calathes holds the EuroLeague single-game playoff record for assists (16) and has dished at least 15 assists in a game a record four times - as many as all other players in EuroLeague history combined. On April 4, 2019, Calathes became the second player, after Nikola Vujcic, to record a triple-double in the EuroLeague when he amassed 11 points, 12 rebounds and 18 assists against Buducnost VOLI Podgorica.

Calathes won the EuroCup with Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in 2013 and was the competition's MVP that season with 12.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.6 assists in 17 games. Last season, he averaged 13.3 points and a career-high 9.1 assists in 28 EuroLeague games. He has also helped Panathinaikos win six Greek League and four Greek Cup titles. Calathes has also played for Memphis of the NBA and has been a member of the Greek national team, which he helped to the bronze medal at EuroBasket 2009.