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Mavrokefalidis: “Adaptation and assistance”

Panathinaikos made yet another important move in the transactions period, penning Loukas Mavrokefalidis. The Greek international player signed a two-year contract.

“I am happy that the transaction issue came full circle in such a manner” stressed Mavrokefalidis, only to add: “I had certain propositions, but my choice was Panathinaikos, because it offered me the best possible conditions. I am not a man of many words; it is not fitting to my character. Everyone knows and we all know who Panathinaikos is and that it always aims high. But if we gaze out towards the finishing line right from the start, we will have already lost the game. The logic is this: Start off, one step at a time and proceed through hard work, which will be taking place on a daily basis. The team has maintained quite a respectable back bone from the previous season, it has proved its potential; and what we, the new guys must do, is to adapt as fast as possible and assist Panathinaikos from our side, to the maximum of our ability”.

Who he is

Loukas Mavrokefalidis was born in Jesenik, Czech Republic on July 25, 1984, but grew up in Kilkis. He is 2.10m and competes at PF and C position. He played for PAOK (2001-06) and then for Virtus Roma (2006-07), Valencia (2007), Olympiacos (2007-08), Maroussi (2008-09), back to Olympiacos (2009-11), from where he traveled to Russia for Spartak Saint Petersburg (2011-13), closing the season in Barcelona (2013). He has won the Greek Cup twice (2010, 2011).

In 2006 he ended up at number 57 (2nd round), as a draft pick for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The same year he was named most improved player of the Greek League, scoring 16.7 points and gathering 8.4 rebounds per game. This season, he was named to the second best all Eurocup team. He had through 14 games, 14.5 points behind 54.3% (75/138) in twos, 43.8% (7/16) in threes, 76.2% (32-42) in free throws, 5.3 rebounds (57-17/74), 1.4 assists, 0.4 blocked shots and 0.9 steals.  

Mavrokefalidis can also showcase his remarkable national youth teams’ course, having conquered the silver medal in the 2005 U21 Men’s World Championship and the bronze medal in the 2003 U-19 Men’s World Championship.

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