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Šarūnas Jasikevičius

Šarūnas Jasikevičius
Šarūnas Jasikevičius, during EuroBasket 2011
Žalgiris Kaunas
Position Assistant coach
League Lithuanian League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1976-03-05) March 5, 1976
Kaunas, Lithuania
Listed height 6 ft 4.75 in (1.95 m)
Listed weight 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school Solanco (Quarryville, Pennsylvania)
College Maryland (1994–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Undrafted
Pro career 1998–2014
Position Point guard
Number 3, 13, 19, 33
Coaching career 2014–present
Career history
As player:
1998–1999 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
1999–2000 Union Olimpija Ljubljana
2000–2003 FC Barcelona
2003–2005 Maccabi Tel Aviv
20052007 Indiana Pacers
2007 Golden State Warriors
2007–2010 Panathinaikos Athens
2010 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2011 Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul
2011–2012 Panathinaikos Athens
2012–2013 FC Barcelona
2013–2014 Žalgiris Kaunas
As coach:
2014–present Žalgiris Kaunas (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 933 (6.8 ppg)
Assists 399 (2.9 apg)
Rebounds 222 (1.6 rpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Šarūnas "Šaras" Jasikevičius (; born 5 March 1976) is a Lithuanian former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian League. Standing at 6'4¾" (195 cm),[1] he played the point guard position. He is a four time triple crown winner and former representative of the Lithuanian national team. Moreover, he is the only player in Euroleague history to win the competition with the three different clubs. Due to his outstanding ability to win titles and important games, he often was nicknamed as "The Golden Boy".

Contents

  • Early years 1
  • College career 2
  • Professional career 3
  • Lithuanian national team 4
  • Career statistics 5
    • Euroleague 5.1
    • NBA 5.2
      • Regular season 5.2.1
      • Playoffs 5.2.2
  • Coaching career 6
    • Žalgiris Kaunas 6.1
  • Personal life 7
  • Honors and awards 8
    • Club career 8.1
    • Individual 8.2
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early years

Jasikevičius is from Lithuania, but spent his teen years in the United States. He attended the Solanco High School in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

College career

Jasikevičius played college basketball at the University of Maryland, with the Maryland Terrapins. He played as a wing, although he remade himself into a point guard in his pro career.[2] He did not see much playing time in his first two years in college, with seniors Duane Simpkins, Johnny Rhodes, and Exree Hipp ahead of him at the wing positions. As a junior, he became a better passer and improved his defense.[3] He averaged a shade under 13 points and 4 assists in his junior and senior years.

Professional career

Jasikevičius made his pro debut in 1998 with Lietuvos Rytas of Vilnius and averaged 18.0 points and 5.4 assists.[4] He joined the Union Olimpija for the next season and won the Premier A Slovenian Basketball League. His season averages were down to 9.3 points and 3.4 assists per game.

Šarūnas Jasikevičius with his first Euroleague-winning team Barcelona.

Jasikevičius played the next three seasons with the FC Barcelona and won the Euroleague in 2003. He started for the championship team and averaged 13.4 points and 3.2 assists. He also led the team to two Spanish League titles and two Spanish King's Cups.

Šaras won two consecutive Euroleague titles with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

He joined Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2003 and helped them win two Euroleague titles, two Israeli League crowns and two Israeli Cups.

Jasikevičius signed with the Indiana Pacers in July 2005. The deal was worth $12 million over three years. He played 112 games (16 starts) with the Pacers in 1½ seasons, averaging 7.3 points and 3.0 assists.

On 17 January 2007, Jasikevičius was traded to the Golden State Warriors along with Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington, and Josh Powell in exchange for Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Ike Diogu, and Keith McLeod.[5] He did not become a part of the rotation in Golden State. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.3 assists in 26 games (2 starts) in only 11.9 minutes per game. Jasikevičius was bought out by the Warriors on 20 September 2007.[6]

On 25 September 2007, Jasikevičius signed with Panathinaikos. The deal reportedly was worth 7 million euros net income over two years (7.7 million including his buyout).[7] He won the Euroleague again in 2009.[8] Jasikevičius became the only player in basketball history to win the Euroleague with three different teams.[9] He also won three Greek League titles and three Greek Cups with the Panathinaikos. In 2009, he signed a contract extension worth 3.5 million euros net income with Panathinaikos.[10] He underwent a knee surgery that same year, and after 5 months of rehabilitation, he returned on court with limited playing time.

In November 2010, he signed a one-year contract with Lietuvos Rytas of the Lithuanian League.[11]
In January 2011, Fenerbahçe Ülker, bought-out his contract with Lietuvos Rytas, and he signed a one-year contract with them.[12]

In September 2011, he signed a new contract with Panathinaikos.[13] At age 36, he was named the Greek Cup Final MVP, as he helped Panathinaikos to victory against Olympiacos, in a game that finished with a score of 71-70.[14] Despite rumors that he would join Žalgiris,[15] in July 2012, Jasikevičius signed with his former team, FC Barcelona.[16] During the fifth Liga ACB finals game against Real Madrid, Jasikevičius scored 23 points and dished out 2 assists in 19 minutes of game action. However, it wasn't enough as Real won the game 79 to 71.[17]

On 1 July 2013, it was announced that Barcelona had parted ways with Jasikevičius.[18] In September, he returned home to Kaunas, signing with Žalgiris.[19] On September 30, 2013, he debuted with Žalgiris, during a game against Unics Kazan, scoring 6 points and dishing out 4 assists.[20] He retired after the season, and joined the Žalgiris coaching staff.[21] On February 9, 2015, Jasikevičius was named a Euroleague Basketball Legend, for his stunning career,[22] and he was honored with the award on February 12, 2015.[23][24]

Lithuanian national team

Šarūnas Jasikevičius, during the bronze medalists meeting, in Vilnius.

Jasikevičius won two gold medals with the Lithuanian youth teams in 1994 and 1996.[25]

He started his senior international career in 1997, when he played for Lithuania's senior national team at FIBA EuroBasket 1997. Jasikevičius was a member of the Lithuanian national team which won bronze medals at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games. He averaged 14.0 points and 5.1 assists, and scored a tournament-high 27 points, in a semi-finals loss to the United States.[26]

Jasikevičius also led Lithuania to a FIBA EuroBasket 2003 title. He was named the tournament MVP, after averaging 14.0 points and 8.2 assists.[27]

Jasikevičius also helped Lithuania win bronze medals at the FIBA EuroBasket 2007. He averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 assists, and scored a tournament-high 18 points against Turkey, on 3 September 2007.[28]

As of 2012, he was the only Lithuanian basketball player to participate in the Olympics four times in a row. He retired from the Lithuanian national team following the 2012 Olympics.[29] In his whole career as a Lithuania national basketball team member, he averaged 10 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game.

Šarūnas Jasikevičius, wearing the Maccabi Tel Aviv jersey, in 2004.
Šaras as a Panathinaikos member

Career statistics

Note: The Euroleague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he also played in domestic competition.
Denotes seasons in which Jasikevičius won the Euroleague
Led the league

Euroleague

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2000–01 FC Barcelona 9 8 28.2 .398 .327 .900 2.3 5.6 1.0 .1 14.0 14.1
2001–02 FC Barcelona 18 16 23.5 .504 .449 .872 2.1 3.4 .9 .1 11.6 10.2
2002–03 FC Barcelona 21 15 26.4 .423 .378 .959 1.8 3.2 .7 .0 13.4 10.8
2003–04 Maccabi Tel Aviv 21 20 29.7 .477 .448 .925 1.6 4.8 .7 .0 16.0 16.3
2004–05 Maccabi Tel Aviv 24 23 31.7 .431 .399 .941 2.7 5.3 .9 .1 15.7 16.6
2007–08 Panathinaikos 20 5 23.5 .485 .408 .938 1.6 2.9 .7 .0 13.2 12.9
2008–09 Panathinaikos 22 4 20.1 .450 .389 .886 1.5 3.0 .6 .1 9.6 8.1
2009–10 Panathinaikos 7 0 15.8 .400 .000 .700 1.1 2.1 .3 .0 4.4 2.6
2010–11 Lietuvos rytas 6 0 19.4 .437 .375 .909 1.3 4.3 .2 .0 7.3 7.0
2010–11 Fenerbahçe 6 1 15.4 .407 .375 .800 1.0 1.5 .2 .0 4.8 1.5
2011–12 Panathinaikos 21 1 15.4 .517 .385 .875 1.3 2.5 .6 .0 7.2 6.3
2012–13 FC Barcelona 31 3 14.6 .450 .340 .933 .8 2.0 .3 .1 4.9 4.4
2013–14 Žalgiris 20 1 16.8 .409 .404 1.000 1.1 3.1 .4 .1 6.7 5.3
Career 226 97 22.0 .452 .394 .927 1.6 3.4 .6 .0 10.4 9.6

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Indiana 75 15 20.8 .396 .364 .910 2.0 3.0 .5 .1 7.3
2006–07 Indiana 37 1 17.9 .412 .372 .922 1.3 3.0 .4 .0 7.4
2006–07 Golden State 26 2 11.9 .366 .273 .871 .8 2.3 .5 .0 4.3
Career 138 18 18.3 .397 .355 .908 1.6 2.9 .5 .0 6.8

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006 Indiana 6 0 11.0 .368 .222 .500 1.0 1.0 .0 .2 2.8
2007 Golden State 4 0 1.5 .000 .000 .500 .0 .5 .0 .0 .3
Career 10 0 7.2 .350 .222 .500 .6 .8 .0 .1 1.8

Coaching career

Žalgiris Kaunas

On 29 July 2014, Jasikevičius announced his retirement from basketball, and was appointed to the assistant coach of Žalgiris Kaunas.[30]

Personal life

In 2006, Jasikevičius married Linor Abargil, the winner of the Miss World 1998 beauty pageant.[31] They divorced in 2008.

In 2009 he met Anna Douka in an Athens bar. Currently the pair have two children: a girl named Aila, who was born in 2010,[32] and a boy named Lukas, who was born in 2012.[33]

Šarunas' younger brother, Vytenis Jasikevičius, is also a professional basketball player.

In 2015 his biographical book Laimėti neužtenka (English: Win not enough) was published in Italian, Greek and Lithuanian languages.[34] The English version is planned in the near future as well. Furthermore, the interest is also shown by the Spanish and Israeli publishing houses.[35]

Honors and awards

Šaras (FB Ülker)

Club career

Individual

References

  1. ^ .(Spanish)S Jasikevicius altura: 1.95 m
  2. ^ http://www.interbasket.net/players/jasikevicius.htm Jasikevicius Has Continental Flair, Ex-Terp One of Europe's Best Guards By Tim Warren Washington Post Staff Writer Sunday, 14 September 2003;
  3. ^ http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/college/events/1998/tournament/men/spotlight/jasikevicius.html Sarunas Jasikevicius, Maryland
  4. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius gameplay as a member of Lietuvos Rytas in 1998 (until 3:40)
  5. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/teams/transactions?team=gsw&year=2007 Golden State Warriors Transactions 2006-07
  6. ^ Warriors Request Waivers On Sarunas Jasikevicius.
  7. ^ Greens land Jasikevicius, too.
  8. ^ http://en.basketball.doudiz.com/competition-summary/788168.html Euroleague Summary
  9. ^ Euroleague.net PANATHINAIKOS keeps Jasikevicius.
  10. ^ Talkbasket.com Jasikevicius stays put at Panathinaikos.
  11. ^ Lietuvos Rytas brings home Jasikevicius.
  12. ^ FENERBAHCE ULKER: Saras agrees to terms.
  13. ^ GREENS, Saras together again.
  14. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius led Panathinaikos to victory against Olympiacos in Greek Cup (Lithuanian)
  15. ^ Š.Jasikevičius: My biggest dream was to play in Žalgiris (Lithuanian)
  16. ^ Euroleague.net FC BARCELONA, Saras together again.
  17. ^ Best season game for Šarunas Jasikevičius wasn't enough to win ACB title
  18. ^ "Barcelona part ways with Jasikevicius, Mavrokefalides, Wallace". Sportando. Retrieved 16 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "ZALGIRIS KAUNAS brings home Saras!". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 27 September 2013. 
  20. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius debuted in Žalgiris (Lithuanian)
  21. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius is retiring and will become G. Krapikas assistant (Lithuanian)
  22. ^ Sarunas Jasikevicius to be honored as Euroleague Basketball Legend (English)
  23. ^ Real ruin Jasikevicius´ Euroleague legend induction, Barca bounce back.
  24. ^ Š.Jasikevičius oficialiai pripažintas Eurolygos legenda (VIDEO) (Lithuanian)
  25. ^ "Sarunas Jasikevicius". FIBAEurope.com. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  26. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius Biography and Statistics.
  27. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius: 2002/2003 Europos vyrų čempionatas.
  28. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius: 2006/2007 Europos vyrų čempionatas.
  29. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius and Rimantas Kaukėnas retired from Lithuania national men's basketball team
  30. ^ El Mago' Jasikevicius anuncia su retirada"'". marca.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  31. ^ Saras, Baston Hope to Rekindle Title Chemistry. by Conrad Brunner, 6 October 2006.
  32. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius became a dad
  33. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius named his son Šarūnas
  34. ^ "SARUNAS JASIKEVICIUS-WIN NOT ENOUGH". Petrolioshop.com. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  35. ^ """Šarūno Jasikevičiaus biografinė knyga – jau knygynuose: "Turėtų patikti ir nesidomintiems krepšiniu. Žmonės.lt. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 

External links

  • NBA.com Historical Player File - Sarunas Jasikevicius
  • Euroleague.net Profile
  • Greek Basket League Profile
  • Spanish League Profile (Spanish)
  • TBLStat.net Turkish League Profile
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