Kosta Koufos

Konstantine Demetrios " Kosta " Koufos (Greek Κώστας Κουφός Kostas Koufós; born February 24, 1989 in Canton, United States) is a Greek- American professional basketball player who plays at a height of 2.13 m on the position of the center. He currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies.


Koufos, who played one year for the basketball team at Ohio State University, is considered one of the greatest European basketball talent in recent years. With the Greek U18 National Team Koufos took part in the 2007 European Championship in Spain and dominated by its services the tournament. In addition to the silver medal won Koufos was elected MVP of the tournament and called to the "All Tournament Team". In seven of eight games this Koufos reached a double-double and ended the tournament with an average of 26.5 points, 13 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game from what is by far were the best values ​​in each category. Koufos was drafted in the 2008 NBA Draft in the first round on 23 out of the Utah Jazz. His debut in the NBA was Koufos November 1, 2008 at a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. On 11 November 2008 he scored the game against the Philadelphia 76ers his first NBA points. He was transferred in the summer of 2010, together with draft picks for Al Jefferson to the Minnesota Timberwolves. After a few games for the Wolves he played from February 2011 at the Denver Nuggets. With 16 rebounds, he began his previous Karrierebestwert in the home game against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 15, 2013. In the 2012-13 season he established himself as a starter and scored with 8.0 points, 1.3 blocks and 6.9 rebounds each Karrierebestwerte.

For the 2013/2014 season Koufos was traded in exchange for Darrell Arthur from the Nuggets to the Memphis Grizzlies.


  • Bronze medal at the European Championship: 2009
  • NIT Championship: 2008
  • U18 European Vice-Champion: 2007


  • MVP of the U18 European Championship: 2007
  • U18 European Championship All Tournament Team: 2007
  • MVP NIT Championship: 2008
  • Participation in European championships: 2009, 2011