Šarūnas Jasikevičius, during EuroBasket 2011
|No. 19 – Žalgiris Kaunas|
|League||Lithuanian Basketball League
March 5, 1976 |
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, USSR
|Listed height||6 ft 4.75 in (195 cm)|
|Listed weight||202 lb (92 kg)|
|High school||Solanco (Quarryville, Pennsylvania)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Undrafted|
|Pro playing career||1998–present|
|1999–2000||KK Union Olimpija|
|2003–2005||Maccabi Tel Aviv|
|2007||Golden State Warriors|
|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 point guard. He has also been a member of the senior men's Lithuanian national team.
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. 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. He averaged a shade under 13 points and 4 assists in his junior and senior years.
Jasikevičius made his pro debut in 1998 with Lietuvos Rytas of Vilnius and averaged 18.0 points and 5.4 assists. 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.
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. 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.
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). He won the Euroleague again in 2009. Jasikevičius became the only player in basketball history to win the Euroleague with three different teams. 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. 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.
In January 2011, Fenerbahçe Ülker, bought-out his contract with Lietuvos Rytas, and he signed a one-year contract with them.
In September 2011, he signed a new contract with Panathinaikos. 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. Despite rumors that he would join Žalgiris, in July 2012, Jasikevičius signed with his former team, FC Barcelona. 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. On July 1, 2013, it was announced that Barcelona had parted ways with Jasikevičius. In September, he returned home to Kaunas, signing with Žalgiris. On September 30, 2013, he debuted with Žalgiris during a game against Unics Kazan, scoring 6 points and dishing out 4 assists.
Lithuanian national team
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.
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. In his whole career as a Lithuania national basketball team member he averaged 10 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
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. 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, and a boy named Šarūnas, who was born in 2012.
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|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
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Honors and awards
- Lietuvos Rytas (1998–99)
- FC Barcelona (2000–03, 2012–2013
- Maccabi Tel Aviv (2003–05)
- Panathinaikos (2007–10, 2011–12)
- Lietuvos Rytas (2010)
- Spanish League Finals MVP: (2003)
- EuroBasket 2003 MVP: (2003)
- European Player of the Year: Mr. Europa: (2003)
- 2x All-Euroleague Team: (2004, 2005)
- 2x All-Europe Player of the Year: (2004, 2005)
- Euroleague Final Four MVP: (2005)
- 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors: (2008)
- Greek League Best Five Team: (2009)
- Euroleague 2001–10 All-Decade Team: (2010)
- Greek Cup MVP: (2012)
- S Jasikevicius altura: 1.95 m (Spanish).
- 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;
- http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/basketball/college/events/1998/tournament/men/spotlight/jasikevicius.html Sarunas Jasikevicius, Maryland
- Šarūnas Jasikevičius gameplay as a member of Lietuvos Rytas in 1998 (until 3:40)
- http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/teams/transactions?team=gsw&year=2007 Golden State Warriors Transactions 2006-07
- Warriors Request Waivers On Sarunas Jasikevicius.
- Greens land Jasikevicius, too.
- http://en.basketball.doudiz.com/competition-summary/788168.html Euroleague Summary
- Euroleague.net PANATHINAIKOS keeps Jasikevicius.
- Talkbasket.com Jasikevicius stays put at Panathinaikos.
- Lietuvos Rytas brings home Jasikevicius.
- FENERBAHCE ULKER: Saras agrees to terms.
- GREENS, Saras together again.
- Šarūnas Jasikevičius led Panathinaikos to victory against Olympiacos in Greek Cup (Lithuanian)
- Š.Jasikevičius: My biggest dream was to play in Žalgiris (Lithuanian)
- Euroleague.net FC BARCELONA, Saras together again.
- Best season game for Šarunas Jasikevičius wasn't enough to win ACB title
- "Barcelona part ways with Jasikevicius, Mavrokefalides, Wallace". Sportando. Retrieved 16 July 2013.
- "ZALGIRIS KAUNAS brings home Saras!". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 27 September 2013.
- Šarūnas Jasikevičius debuted in Žalgiris (Lithuanian)
- Šarūnas Jasikevičius Biography and Statistics.
- Šarūnas Jasikevičius: 2002/2003 Europos vyrų čempionatas.
- Šarūnas Jasikevičius: 2006/2007 Europos vyrų čempionatas.
- Šarūnas Jasikevičius and Rimantas Kaukėnas retired from Lithuania national men's basketball team
- Saras, Baston Hope To Rekindle Title Chemistry. by Conrad Brunner, October 6, 2006.
- Šarūnas Jasikevičius became a dad
- Šarūnas Jasikevičius named his son Šarūnas
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Šarūnas Jasikevičius.|
- NBA.com Historical Player File - Sarunas Jasikevicius
- Euroleague.net Profile
- Greek Basket League Profile
- Spanish League Profile (Spanish)
- TBLStat.net Turkish League Profile
|Awards and achievements|
|Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year
|Flagbearer for Lithuania