OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS brings back Shermadini
by: Euroleague.net
February 26, 2014
Giorgi Shermadini - Olympiacos Piraeus champ - Final Four London 2013Olympiacos Piraeus has joined forces again with a player who helped the Reds defend the Turkish Airlines Euroleague title last season with the announcement Wednesday that center Giorgi Shermadini signed for the remainder of the season. Shermadini (2.16 meters, 24 years old) arrives from CAI Zaragoza, where he averaged 9.8 points on 93.7% free throw shooting (59-of-63) and 5.6 rebounds in 16 Eurocup games this season. He helped Zaragoza reach the Copa del Rey semifinals for the first time in club history. Shermadini split the 2012-13 season between Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and Olympiacos. He averaged 4.4 points and 2.7 rebounds over 17 games with the Reds, whom he joined prior to the Top 16. Shermadini won his first Euroleague crown with Panathinaikos Athens in 2009.

Shermadini emerged as one of the game’s top young big men over two seasons with Union Olimpija Ljubljana and Bennet Cantu between 2010 and 2012. His performance index rating of 15.3 per game ranked seventh in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague in the 2011-12 season with Cantu. Prorated over 40 minutes his index was 28.3, which ranked third behind only Euroleague MVP Andrei Kirilenko and All-Euroleague center Nenad Krstic. Shermadini grew up at Maccabi Tbilisi in his native Georgia before joining Panathinaikos in 2008. After two seasons as a reserve with the Greens, Shermadini went on loan for a season to Union Olimpija in Slovenia. Among his accomplishments are winning two Greek League titles, one Greek Cup and one Slovenian Cup. Shermadini is also a member of the Georgian national team.
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