Panathinaikos BC officially announces the returning of Nikos Pappas (32, 1.95 meters) to our team.
Nikos Pappas is a basketball player, born on July 11, 1990 in Athens, Greece. He is a guard who last played for AEK.
He made his professional debut in the Greek League with Panellinios, during the 2006–07 season and then he signed a 5-year contract with the Spanish League club Bilbao Basket in 2008.
Pappas was loaned to the reserve team of Real Madrid, Real Madrid B, of the Spanish 4th Division, for the 2008–09 season. He was loaned to the Greek League club Kolossos Rodou for the 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons. Pappas was named the 2010 Greek League Best Young Player. In February 2012, he joined PAOK and then he moved to Panionios for the 2012–13 season. With Panionios, he was the Greek League Top Scorer, and a member of the Greek League Best Five, in 2013.
On 20 June 2013, Pappas joined with Panathinaikos. He was announced as a new player of Panathinaikos, for the following three seasons, along with his Panionios teammate Vlado Janković.
On 22 April 2015, after winning his first EuroLeague MVP of the Round award, after the third week's game of the EuroLeague playoffs, in which he scored 25 points against CSKA Moscow, it was officially announced that Pappas had renewed his contract with Panathinaikos.
He played for Panathinaikos till the summer of 2020. In seven seasons with the green jersey won 5 Greek National Championships and 5 Greek National Cups.
On September 23, 2020, Pappas signed with Hapoel Jerusalem for the duration of the Basketball Champions League Final-8. On February 23, 2021, he signed with Stelmet Zielona Góra of the Polish League. On August 16, 2021, Pappas signed with AEK Athens of the Greek Basket League.
As a member of the junior national basketball teams of Greece, Pappas won the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He was named the MVP of the 2008 Albert Schweitzer Tournament, where he also helped lead Greece to defeat Team USA Under-18 during the tournament, by scoring 27 points in the game against the USA. He also won the gold medal at the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, where he was also voted to the All-Tournament Team.
He also won the silver medal at the 2009 FIBA Under-19 World Cup with Greece's junior national team, where he was also voted to the All-Tournament Team. Pappas also won the gold medal at the 2009 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship and the silver medal at the 2010 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team after leading the tournament in scoring.
Pappas first trained with the senior men's Greek national basketball team in 2010. In 2017, he was re-called to Greece's senior national team.