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NBA CAREER:
Averaging 5.4 ppg (.528 FG%, .617 FT%), 4.7 rpg, 0.4 apg and 15.3 mpg in 424 career games (started 139) in eight seasons with four teams - Utah (2008-09 - 2009-10), Minnesota (2010-11), Denver (2010-11 - 2012-13) and Memphis (2013-14 - 2014-15) ... Has shot over 50 percent from the field in four seasons, including three of the last four.

TRANSACTIONS/CAREER NOTES:
Selected after freshman season by Utah Jazz in first round (23rd pick overall) of 2008 NBA Draft ... Assigned by Jazz to D-League af liate Utah Flash (3/26/09) ... Recalled by Jazz from Flash (4/17/09) ... Contract extended after Jazz exercised their team option (10/30/09) ... Assigned by Jazz to Flash (1/25/10) ... Recalled by Jazz from Flash (1/28/10) ... Assigned by Jazz to Flash (3/8/10) ... Recalled by Jazz from Flash (3/23/10) ... Traded by the Jazz with two first-round picks to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Al Jefferson (7/13/10) ... Contract extended after Timberwolves exercised their team option (11/1/10) ... Traded by the Timberwolves to the Denver Nuggets as part of a three-team trade - the Nuggets traded Carmelo Anthony, Renaldo Balkman, Chauncey Billups, Anthony Carter and Shelden Williams to the New York Knicks; the Timberwolves traded Corey Brewer to the Knicks; the Knicks traded Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov, a 2012 second round draft pick, a 2013 second round draft pick, a 2014 first round draft pick and cash considerations to the Nuggets; the Knicks traded Eddy Curry, Anthony Randolph and cash considerations to the Minnesota Timberwolves (2/22/11) ... Signed extension with the Nuggets (1/25/12) ... Traded by the Nuggets to the Memphis Grizzlies for Darrell Arthur and the draft rights to Joffery Lauvergne (55th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft) (6/27/13) ... Signed contract with the Sacramento Kings.

2014-15 (Memphis):
Averaged 5.2 ppg (.508 FG%, .6457 FT%), 5.3 rpg, 0.5 apg and 16.6 mpg in 81 games (started 3) ... Led the league in defensive rating (94.8) among players that played at least 1,000 minutes ... Averaged 7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 30.2 mpg in three starts ... Averaged 5.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.78 bpg and 16.1 mpg in 78 games as a reserve ... Appeared in at least 80 games for the third consecutive season after never playing in more than 50 games in any of his first four NBA campaigns ... Posted five offensive rebounds in consecutive games (2/2-2/4/15), becoming the first Grizzlies player to record at least five offensive rebounds off the bench in consecutive games since Shane Batter (3/6-3/7/11) ... Became the first Grizzlies player to record at least 10 rebounds off the bench in consecutive games since Zach Randolph (4/15-4/17/12) ... Scored 10+ points seven times (6-1 record) ... Recorded 10+ rebounds six times (5-1 record)... Led the Grizzlies in rebounding seven times, steals three times and blocks 25 times (all including ties)... Inactive at Toronto (11/19/14) due to a stomach virus.

2013-14 (Memphis):
Averaged 6.4 ppg (.495 FG%, .645 FT%), 5.2 rpg, 0.4 apg and 16.9 mpg in 80 games (started 22) ... Averaged 8.8 ppg (.459 FG%), 8.5 rpg, 1.23 bpg and 24.2 mpg in 22 starts after Marc Gasol’s MCL sprain forced him to miss 23 games ... Posted his first double-double with the Grizzlies with 10 points and 11 rebounds in a career-high 40 minutes vs. Brooklyn (11/30/13) ... Corralled a career-high tying 16 rebounds vs. Golden State (12/7/13) ... Led the team or tied for the team lead in scoring once, rebounding eight times, steals six times, blocks 24 times and minutes twice ... Scored 10-plus points 17 times... Grabbed 10 or more rebounds eight times ... Recorded four double-doubles... DNP-CD in two games.

2012-13 (Denver):
Averaged a career-high 8.0 ppg (.581 FG%, .558 FT%), a career-high 6.9 rpg, 0.4 apg, 1.3 bpg and a career-high 22.4 mpg in starting all 81 games he played in ... Scored a career-high 22 points on 10-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes at Phoenix (3/11/13) ... Posted 18 points and a career-high 16 rebounds vs. Memphis (3/15/13) ... Tied a career high with five blocks at Golden State (11/10/12) and Dec. 22, 2012 vs. Charlotte (12/22/12).

2011-12 (Denver):
Averaged 5.5 ppg (a career-high .599 FG%, .600 FT%), 5.4 rpg, 0.3 apg and 16.5 mpg in 48 games (started 24) ... Posted his first career double-double with 10 points and 11 boards in 24 minutes vs. Sacramento (1/4/12).

2010-11 (Minnesota/Denver):
Averaged 3.2 ppg (.453 FG%, .558 FT%), 2.6 rpg, 0.1 apg and 8.7 mpg in 50 games (started 2) with Minnesota and Denver ... Averaged 2.7 ppg (.435 FG%, .500 FT%), 2.5 rpg, 0.2 apg and 8.6 mpg in 39 games (started 1) with Minnesota ... Averaged 4.9 ppg (.500 FG%, .632 FT%), 3.0 rpg and 8.9 mpg in 11 games (started 1) with Denver ... Traded by the Timberwolves to the Nuggets in a three-team, 13-player trade that also included the New York Knicks.

2009-10 (Utah):
Averaged 1.5 ppg (.468 FG%, .600 FT%), 1.3 rpg, 0.2 apg and 4.8 mpg in 36 games off the bench ... Assigned to the D-League’s Utah Flash two times (1/25-1/28/10 and 3/8-3/22/10) ... Averaged 19.4 ppg (.595 FG%, .562 FT%), 9.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 bpg and 31.5 mpg in five games (started 4) for the Flash

2008-09 (Utah):
As a rookie, averaged 4.7 ppg (.508 FG%, .706 FT%), 2.9 rpg, 0.4 apg and 11.8 mpg in 48 games (started 7) ... Played for the Jazz's D-League af liate Utah Flash from March 26 to April 17 ... Averaged 16.7 ppg (.566 FG%, .600 FT%), 8.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 2.6 bpg and 29.8 mpg in starting all 10 games he played in for the Flash.

NBA PLAYOFFS:
Averaging 2.4 ppg (.463 FG%, .800 FT%), 2.6 rpg, 0.2 apg and 8.9 mpg in 37 career playoff games (started 4) with Utah (2010), Denver (2011-2013) and Memphis (2014, 2015) ... 2015 Playoffs: Averaged 3.4 ppg (.548 FG%, .600 FT%), 3.5 rpg, 0.4 apg and 11.5 mpg in 11 games off the bench for the Grizzlies ... Recorded a playoff career-high three blocks vs. Portland (4/19/15) in Game 1 of the Western Conference First Round ... Tied a playoff career-high with seven rebounds vs. Portland (4/29/15) in Game 5 ... Scored a playoff career-high eight points on 4-of-4 shooting vs. Golden State (5/9/15) in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals ... Tied his postseason career-high with eight points vs. Golden State (5/15/15) in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals. 2014 Playoffs: Averaged 2.6 ppg (.438 FG%, 4-4 FT), 2.1 rpg, 0.3 apg and 6.4 mpg in seven games in Memphis’ opening-round series against Oklahoma City. 2013 Playoffs: Averaged 3.3 ppg (.368 FG%, .833 FT%), points and 3.5 rebounds in 16.7 minutes in six games in Denver’s first-round playoff series against Golden State ... 2012 Playoffs: Averaged 0.7 ppg (.333 FG%), 3.7 rpg and 8.7 mpg in three games in Denver’s first-round series with the Los Angeles Lakers ... 2011 Playoffs: Scored two points in two minutes vs. Oklahoma City (4/20/11) in Game 2 of the First Round ... 2010 Playoffs: Averaged 0.9 ppg (.400 FG%), 1.0 rpg and 3.4 mpg in nine postseason games.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Summer 2011: Participated in Eurobasket 2011 with the Greek National Team, averaging 8.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 11 games ... Summer 2009: Joined the Greek National Team in the EuroBasket 2009 Championships, averaging 5.6 ppg and 3.0 rpg in nine games.

NBADL:
Averaging 17.6 ppg (.576 FG%), 8.9 rpg, 1.8 apg and 30.2 mpg in 15 games (started 14) for the Utah Flash (2008- 09 - 2009-10) ... Averaged 19.4 ppg (.595 FG%, .562 FT%), 9.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 bpg and 31.5 mpg in five games (started 4) for the Flash in 2009-10 ... Averaged 16.7 ppg (.566 FG%, .600 FT%), 8.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg, 2.6 bpg and 29.8 mpg in starting all 10 games he played in for the Flash in 2008-09.

COLLEGE CAREER:
Averaged 14.4 ppg (.508 FG%), 6.7 rpg and 0.5 apg in 37 games (started 35) in his lone season at Ohio State University (2007-08) ... Named postseason MVP of the National Invitational Tournament after the Buckeyes claimed the 2008 NIT Championship ... Recorded 21 points, four blocks and two steals in a career-high 36 minutes vs. Massachusetts in the NIT title game (4/3/08) ... Led Ohio State in rebounds (247) and blocks (67) and ranked second on the team in points (534) ... Led all Big Ten freshman in rebounding, blocks, offensive rebounds (98) and defensive rebounds (149) ... Among all Big Ten players, ranked fifth in rebounding and scoring and placed second in blocks ... Earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors on Nov. 26, 2007, after averaging 18.7 ppg and 9.3 rpg.

PERSONAL:
Born Feb. 24, 1989 in Canton, Ohio ... Name is pronounced COAST-ah KOO-fuss ... Full name is Konstantine Demetrios Koufos ... Son of Kathy and the late Alex Koufos ... Has one older brother, Vasili, and one older sister, Maria ... Is the only member of his family taller than six feet ... A dual citizen of the United States and Greece ... Helped lead Greece to a silver medal while garnering MVP honors at the 2007 U18 European Championships after averaging 26.5 ppg, 13.0 rpg and 3.5 bpg ... Averaged 25.9 ppg, 15.4 rpg and 5.2 bpg as a senior at Glen Oak High School in Canton, Ohio ... Inducted into the Glen Oak High School Hall of Fame on Aug. 29, 2014 ... Finished second to Buckeye teammate Jon Diebler in the Mr. Ohio Basketball voting in 2007 ... Selected to the 2007 McDonald’s and EA Sports High School All-American teams... Was a business major at Ohio State.

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Vitals

Height: 7'0''/ 2.13m
Weight: 265 lbs./ 120.2 kg
Born: February 24, 1989
From: Ohio State University
Draft: 1st Round (23rd pick) 2008 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2008
Years Pro: 8
Previous Teams:
  Sacramento Kings 2015 - 2015
  Memphis Grizzlies 2013 - 2014
  Denver Nuggets 2011 - 2013
  Utah Jazz 2010 - 2010
  More Previous Teams
Prior to NBA/Country: Ohio State/USA

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