Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul reaffirmed its ambitions in the current campaign by adding to its backcourt former Euroleague champion Nikos Zisis on Monday.
Zisis (1.95 meters, 31 years old) reached the Eurocup finals with Unics Kazan last season and posted 7.0 points, 3.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague regular season this year. Zisis has played in 210 games during his 13 Euroleague seasons, which ranks him 15th all time. He signed for the remainder of the season.
Zisis made his Euroleague debut as a 17-year-old with AEK in 2001, and by the next season, he was a full-time starter. By his fifth season with AEK, he had posted 11.6 points on average in 20 Euroleague games. In 2005-06, Zisis moved to Italy with Benetton Treviso, and two years later joined CSKA Moscow, with whom he won the 2008 Euroleague title in a reserve role. He returned to the Final Four in 2009 with CSKA, finishing as runner-up, and then spent three seasons with Montepaschi Siena of Italy – including a third Final Four appearance in 2011 – before moving to Uxue Bilbao for the 2012-13 season, when he reached the Eurocup Final.
Along the way, Zisis has collected seven national league titles in three countries, as well as a EuroBasket gold medal in 2005 and the World Championship silver in 2006 with the Greek national team.
“I am very happy to join Fenerbahce Ulker, a club with a good fan base and a great coach like Zeljko Obradovic,” Zisis said. “It all happened very fast. I am aware of the expectations – we have a tough schedule ahead of us in the Euroleague and the Turkish League. I am familiar with a lot of players in the team and played with Andrew Goudelock last season.”