|birthday||10th June 1979 (age 41)|
|place of birth||Rustavi , Georgian SSR , Soviet Union|
|NBA draft||2000 , Pick 25 , Phoenix Suns|
|Clubs as active|
|1996–2000 AEK Athens 2000–2003 Phoenix Suns 2003–2007 Memphis Grizzlies 2007 Houston Rockets 2007–2008 Olympiacos Piraeus
Iakovos "Jake" Tsakalidis ( Greek Ιάκωβος Τσακαλίδης , born June 10, 1979 in Rustawi , Georgian SSR , Soviet Union , today Georgia ) is a former Georgian- Greek basketball player who was 2.18 m tall and played the center position. From 2000 to 2007 he was active in the US professional league NBA .
Tsakalidis, who started his sports career as a swimmer in Georgia, began his basketball career at the age of 15 with AEK Athens , where he received a professional contract in 1996. Up to the summer of 2000, Tsakalidis was one of the top performers of his club alongside players like Michalis Kakiouzis , Dimosthenis Dikoudis or Nikolaos Zisis and won the Saporta Cup in addition to the Greek Cup .
In the NBA Draft 2000 , Tsakalidis was selected by the Phoenix Suns in 25th place and moved to the NBA. On September 30, 2003, Tsakalidis was transferred to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Brevin Knight , Robert Archibald and Cezary Trybanski, along with his teammate Bo Outlaw . On February 13, 2007, he moved to the Houston Rockets in exchange with Scott Padgett , where he played until the end of the season.
In September of the same year Tsakalidis returned to Greece after seven years in the NBA and signed a contract with Olympiacos . During his NBA career Tsakalidis came to a total of 315 missions, scored 4.8 points and collected 3.9 rebounds on average.
Tsakalidis made his debut in the Greek national team on July 7, 1998 at the World Cup match against Nigeria , in which Greece won 70-50 and Tsakalidis scored three points. His last game for the national team for the time being was the 72-64 victory over Serbia and Montenegro at the 2003 European Championship in Sweden , in which he reached a total of 16 points. In five years Tsakalidis came to 45 games in which he scored 303 points (6.73 on average) and took part in three European championships and one world championship.
- Participation in world championships: 1998
- Participation in European championships: 1999, 2001, 2003
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Τσακαλίδης, Ιάκωβος (Greek); Tsakalidis, Iakovos|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Greek basketball player|
|DATE OF BIRTH||June 10, 1979|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Rustavi|