Šarūnas Jasikevičius

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Šarūnas Jasikevičius
Sarunas Jasikevicius by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Šarūnas Jasikevičius, during EuroBasket 2011
No. 19 – Žalgiris Kaunas
Position Point guard
League Lithuanian Basketball League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1976-03-05) March 5, 1976 (age 38)
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, USSR
(now Lithuania)
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 6 ft 4.75 in (195 cm)
Listed weight 202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school Solanco (Quarryville, Pennsylvania)
College Maryland (1994–1998)
NBA draft 1998 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 1998–present
Career history
1998–1999 Lietuvos Rytas
1999–2000 KK Union Olimpija
2000–2003 FC Barcelona
2003–2005 Maccabi Tel Aviv
20052007 Indiana Pacers
2007 Golden State Warriors
2007–2010 Panathinaikos
2010 Lietuvos Rytas
2011 Fenerbahçe Ülker
2011–2012 Panathinaikos
2012–2013 FC Barcelona
2013–present Žalgiris Kaunas
Career highlights and awards

Šarūnas "Šaras" Jasikevičius ([ʃɐˈrûːn̪ɐs̪ jɛs̪ʲɪˈkʲæːvʲɪt͡ʃʲʊs̪] ( ); born March 5, 1976) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player who currently plays for Žalgiris Kaunas . He is a 6'4¾ (195 cm) tall[1] point guard. He has also been a member of the senior men's Lithuanian national team.

Early years[edit]

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

College career[edit]

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[edit]

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 Olimpija Ljubljana 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.

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.

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 January 17, 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 September 20, 2007.[6]

On September 25, 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 July 1, 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]

Lithuanian national team[edit]

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

Jasikevičius started his international career in 1997, when he played for Lithuania in 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.[21]

Jasikevičius also led Lithuania to a EuroBasket 2003 title. He was named the tournament MVP, after averaging 14.0 points and 8.2 assists.[22]

Jasikevičius also helped Lithuania win bronze medals at the EuroBasket 2007. He averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 assists, and scored a tournament-high 18 points against Turkey, on September 3, 2007.[23]

As of 2012, he is the only Lithuanian basketball player to participate in the Olympics four times in a row. He retired from the team following the 2012 Olympics.[24] 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

Personal life[edit]

Šarunas' younger brother, Vytenis Jasikevičius, is also a professional basketball player. In 2006, Jasikevičius married Linor Abargil, the winner of the Miss World 1998 beauty pageant.[25] 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,[26] and a boy named Šarūnas, who was born in 2012.[27]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high
Denotes seasons in which Jasikevičius' team won the Euroleague

Euroleague career statistics[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2000–01 Barcelona 9 8 28.2 .398 .327 .900 2.3 5.6 1.0 .1 14.0 14.1
2001–02 Barcelona 18 16 23.5 .504 .449 .872 2.1 3.4 .9 .1 11.6 10.2
2002–03 Barcelona 21 15 26.4 .423 .378 .959 1.8 3.2 .7 .0 13.4 10.8
2003–04 Maccabi 21 20 29.7 .477 .448 .925 1.6 4.8 .7 .0 16.0 16.3
2004–05 Maccabi 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 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 career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Indiana 6 0 11.0 .368 .222 .500 1.0 1.0 .0 .2 2.8
2006–07 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

Honors and awards[edit]

Šaras (FB Ülker)

Club career[edit]

International career[edit]

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ S Jasikevicius altura: 1.95 m (Spanish).
  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, September 14, 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 Biography and Statistics.
  22. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius: 2002/2003 Europos vyrų čempionatas.
  23. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius: 2006/2007 Europos vyrų čempionatas.
  24. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius and Rimantas Kaukėnas retired from Lithuania national men's basketball team
  25. ^ Saras, Baston Hope To Rekindle Title Chemistry. by Conrad Brunner, October 6, 2006.
  26. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius became a dad
  27. ^ Šarūnas Jasikevičius named his son Šarūnas

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Peja Stojaković
Mr. Europa
2003
Succeeded by
Spain Pau Gasol
Preceded by
Raimondas Rumšas
Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year
2003
Succeeded by
Virgilijus Alekna
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Saulius Štombergas
Flagbearer for  Lithuania
Beijing 2008
Succeeded by
Virgilijus Alekna