Friday, June 28, 2024

Dimitris Katsivelis Returns to PAOK After Six Years

PAOK has officially announced the return of Dimitris Katsivelis to the team, six years after his first stint with the club. The experienced 33-year-old guard is set to bring his wealth of experience and skill back to the "Palataki" for the 2024-25 season.

Official Announcement

"PAOK is delighted to announce the agreement with Dimitris Katsivelis for the 2024-25 season. We welcome back a player with vast experience and numerous accolades to the PAOK family," the club announced.

Player Profile and Career Highlights

Dimitris Katsivelis was born on October 1, 1991, in Thessaloniki, Greece. Standing at 1.98 meters (6'6"), he plays as a guard. Katsivelis began his career with Mantoulidis Schools and signed a five-year contract with Olympiacos in the summer of 2010. During his time with Olympiacos, he achieved significant success, including winning the EuroLeague twice (2012, 2013), the Intercontinental Cup (2013), the Greek Championship twice (2012, 2015), as well as the Greek Cup in 2011.

Following his time at Olympiacos, Katsivelis played for AEK Athens (2015-16), then moved abroad for the first time in his career, joining Astana in Kazakhstan for the 2016-17 season. With Astana, he secured both the league championship and the cup. Katsivelis returned to Greece for the 2017-18 season, joining PAOK, where he had an outstanding season, helping the team secure a third-place finish in the league.

Subsequently, Katsivelis played two seasons with Promitheas Patras (2018-20), returned to AEK Athens (2020-21), and had one-year stints with Peristeri (2021-22), Kolossos Rhodes (2022-23), and Aris Thessaloniki (2023-24).

National Team Contributions

In addition to his club achievements, Katsivelis has been a valuable player for the Greek national team at various levels. He has represented Greece in numerous international competitions, winning the gold medal at the FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship in 2008 and silver medals at both the FIBA Under-19 World Cup in 2009 and the FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship in 2010.

Career Statistics

Olympiacos (2010-2015):
2010-11 Season: 1.2 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.5 assists per game
2011-12 Season: 2.1 points, 0.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists per game
2012-13 Season: 3.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists per game
2013-14 Season: 2.2 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists per game
2014-15 Season: 2.9 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists per game

AEK Athens (2015-16, 2020-21):
2015-16 Season: 3.5 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists per game
2020-21 Season: 5.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists per game

Astana (2016-17): Averaged 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game

PAOK (2017-18): Averaged 7.2 points, 3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game

Promitheas Patras (2018-20):
2018-19 Season: 5.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists per game
2019-20 Season: 6.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists per game

Peristeri (2021-22): Averaged 6.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game

Kolossos Rhodes (2022-23): Averaged 7.7 points, 4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game

Aris (2023-24): Contributed 3.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game

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