Arriving from Emporio Armani Milan, Real Madrid signed one of the best Greek centers of recent times. After proving his quality in tough leagues like the Greek and Italian leagues, the Whites have a very talented player with a hugely competitive spirit, who perfectly fulfills his role of rebounding and intimidating the opposition. His capacity for playing in the low post, and his good three-point shooting percentage (38.5% in last season’s Euroleague), makes him hard to defend.
His First Division debut offers proof of his high quality and competitive gene. He won the league title in an AEK Athens team which, at the time, boasted the likes of Holden, Komazec, Kakiouzis and Dikoudis. After this Bourousis' growth as a player was exponential, and he became a benchmark in continental basketball.
Recognition of the Greek center's play reached such a point that in 2009 he received a call from the San Antonio Spurs, offer that he rejected for two reasons: “I didn’t feel ready and out of loyalty to my club.” The first time that Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich saw him play he was reminded of the legendary Vlade Divac.