The Atlanta Hawks have a total of four players under their draft rights stashed overseas. How is Dimitrios Agravanis faring with Olympiacos Piraeus?
The Hawks selected Greek big Dimitrios Agravanis with the 59th pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. His stretch-five potential and youth made him an extremely draft-and-stash option. He showcased his abilities with the Greek Under 20 team in the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship. He showcased an ability to stretch the floor (14/44 3-point shooting) and shot-blocking abilities not usually seen in shooting bigs (1.5 blocks per game).
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The EuroLeague is commonly known as the second-best basketball league in the world, behind only the NBA. Agravanis currently suits up with Olympiacos Piraeus, a perennial winner in the league. The team has been to the Finals three out of the last five seasons, winning two. With NBA talent like former Florida Gator Patric Young and former Houston Rocket Kostas Papanikolaou on the team, they expect to succeed once again. How has Agravanis been able to contribute so far?
2016/17 Per Game Averages: 2 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.4 assists in 6.5 minutes
Sparingly. His total of six points all came within one game. He has played a little over 24 total minutes over three games. In a blowout, coming at the hands of Real Madrid, Agravanis scored 100% of his points. He shot 2/5, including 1/3 from beyond the three-point line. He grabbed two rebounds, but committed three fouls.
The talent in front of him will make minutes a struggle. When on the court, it will be even more difficult to get shots. Olympiacos sports one of the deepest and most talented backcourts in the world, and score a majority of the team’s points. The highest scoring frontcourt player for Olympiacos, Khem Birch, puts up just under 10 points a game. Agravanis’ touch from outside should eventually warrant more minutes soon.
Best Dimitrios Agravanis Video of October:
Yes, this is the closest I could find for a Agravanis video. The video dosen’t show him making any highlight plays, but hear me out. Though you wouldn’t know it from this video, this was his best game so far. He scored six points and snagged three rebounds. This may not seem impressive, but this was the best game he has had so far. He contributed, but Olympiacos was throttled by Real Madrid 83-65.