Panathinaikos, All-EuroLeague guard Calathes together through 2021

Jul 07, 2018 by Euroleague.net Print
Panathinaikos, All-EuroLeague guard Calathes together through 2021

Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens reached a new agreement with record-breaking playmaker Nick Calathes to keep working together for three more years, until the end of the 2020-21 season, the club announced on Saturday. Calathes (1.98 meters, 29 years old) was chosen to the All-EuroLeague First Team this season, in which he averaged 14.5 points and 8.0 assists in 31 games. He led the EuroLeague in assists and steals (1.74 spg.) while ranking ranked fourth in performance index rating (18.5 PIR) and sixth in scoring. In his sixth year in the competition, Calathes shattered single-season EuroLeague records with a total of 249 assists and his average of 8.0 per game. The former EuroLeague champion delivered at least 10 assists in 13 different games and recorded 11 double-doubles in points and assists, the most ever in a single season. During the course of the season, Calathes was named EuroLeague MVP for November and earned three MVP of the Round honors, including Round 8 when he accumulated a EuroLeague season-high and personal best PIR of 42 in a road win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul. After leading the Greens to a fourth-place finish in the regular season, Calathes set a playoffs record with 16 assists in a Game 1 win over Real Madrid.

Calathes started his professional career with Panathinaikos and helped it win the EuroLeague title in 2011. He also won back-to-back Greek League titles in 2010 and 2011, as well as lifting the Greek Cup trophy in 2012. Calathes went on play for Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in the 2012-13 season, leading it to the 7DAYS EuroCup title. He was voted EuroCup MVP that season after averaging 12.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.1 assists. Calathes also played for Memphis of the NBA before returning to Panathinaikos in 2015, winning two Greek Cup titles and two Greek League crowns in the last three seasons. With just 150 EuroLeague career games, Calathes already ranks 13th all-time in assists (719) and 16th in steals (209). Calathes is also a member of the Greek national team and helped it win a bronze medal at EuroBasket 2009.