January 19, 1980 |
Klaipėda, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Undrafted|
|1999–2003||Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)|
|2003–2005||Tau Ceramica (Spain)|
|2005–2006||New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Arvydas "Kalashnikov" Macijauskas (born January 19, 1980) is a retired Lithuanian professional basketball player. Standing at 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in), he played at the shooting guard position. He was one of the greatest Lithuanian players of the 2000s, winning many individual awards, club and national team trophies.
Starting his professional career in Neptūnas, he later played for some top Euroleague teams, such as Lietuvos Rytas, Tau Ceramica and Olympiacos, and even played with New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets for one season in the NBA. He also represented the Lithuanian national basketball team.
He announced a retirement from the professional basketball back in 2010, two years after his last club, Olympiacos, released him following a prolonged judicial litigation.
Professional playing career
Macijauskas made his pro debut in 1996 with Neptūnas. He only played 3 games in his rookie season and spent most of the season with the Klaipėda University-Irvinga team. He spent three seasons with the Neptūnas and averaged 12.7 points on 53 percent shooting.
He played the next four seasons with Lietuvos Rytas and led them to two Lithuanian league titles in 2000 and 2002 and a Northern Europe League title in 2003. He was named the Lithuanian league MVP in 2002 and 2003. He averaged 15.3 points on 61% shooting in 143 games with the Rytas.
Macijauskas joined the Tau Ceramica for the next two seasons and helped them win a Spanish Cup in 2004. On December 17, 2003, he scored a career-high 40 points against Asvel Lyon. The team reached the Euroleague finals in 2005, but lost to Maccabi, which was led by a Lithuanian Final Four MVP Šarūnas Jasikevičius. Macijauskas was selected to the All-Euroleague First Team. He played in 42 Euroleague games over 2 seasons with TAU and averaged 18.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Macijauskas signed with the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets in 2005. He was rarely used in his only season in the NBA, totaling 135 minutes and 44 points in 19 games. He was bought out by the Hornets after the season. After returning to Europe, he criticized the Hornets and the NBA through the press. When asked if he put the last season behind him, Macijauskas responded: "I want to forget that year. Everything went wrong. A really bad coach, a bad franchise. At the end of the season, I didn't even think of returning to New Orleans next season. From the third game on, I was already sentenced to zero minutes for the rest of the year. The NBA isn't funny. Teams are (not) teams. There's not true commitment between the teammates."
On July 20, 2006, Macijauskas signed with the Olympiacos. The deal was worth 9 million euros over four years. However, he suffered a devastating Achilles' tendon injury in September and missed the rest of the regular season.
Macijauskas was healthy for the next season and was named the Euroleague MVP for November 2007, shooting a staggering 80 percent from the field. However, his team came up short again. Olympiacos lost to eventual champion CSKA Moscow in the quarter-finals. Ironically, they were led by a Lithuanian again, Ramūnas Šiškauskas.
Later that year, Olympiacos sued Macijauskas for violating the contract terms (he injured his ankle during holiday). The club wanted to cancel the contract without paying a compensation. However, the court made a decision in Macijauskas' favor. But Olympiacos appealed and eventually won the case in November 2009. He played in 14 Euroleague games in 2 seasons with the Olympiacos and averaged 13.8 points and 2.1 rebounds.
In June 2010, he announced his retirement from basketball career because of health reasons.
On June 19, 2010, he became the assistant coach of Perlas Vilnius, but in August it was announced that he left Perlas due to personal reasons.
Macijauskas was a member of the Lithuanian U-18 and U-20 national teams. He played at the 1998 European U-18 Basketball Championship and the 2000 European U-20 Championship.
Macijauskas led the Lithuania national team in scoring in the 2003 European Championship with 15.8 points per game. The Lithuanians prevailed to win the gold medals. However, Šarūnas Jasikevičius was named the tournament MVP.
Macijauskas also played at the 2006 World Championship, where the team finished seventh. He was a candidate for the Eurobasket 2009 in Poland, but at the last minute, he declared that he will not participate in the tournament.
Arvydas Macijauskas married Viktorija Buder on July 24, 2010.
Euroleague career statistics
|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|
Note: Euroleague is not the only competition in which player participated for the team during the season.
- "Arvydas Macijauskas Player Profile". Interbasket.net. 1980-01-19. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
- "Arvydas Macijauskas Career Notes". Euroleague.net. 1980-01-19. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
- "Arvydas Macijauskas Info Page". NBA.com. 1980-01-19. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
- "Macijauskas mouthing off again". Newsok.com. 2006-10-27. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
- Trial Macijauskas vs. Olympiacos postponed[dead link]
- Olympiacos wins "Macijauskas case" [dead link]
- "Shooting star Macijauskas ends comeback try". Euroleague.net. 2010-06-09. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
- http://sportas.delfi.lt/eurobasket2003/nzabarausko-asistentu-perlo-komandoje-dirbs-amacijauskas.d?id=34620825 N. Zabarauskas' assistant will be A. Macijauskas (Lithuanian)
- "Lithuania 95, China 75 Boxscore". En.basketball.doudiz.com. 2004-08-26. Retrieved 2012-01-25.
- Delfi.lt - A. Macijausko rinktinėje nebus (Lithuanian)
- Snieguolė Dovidavičienė (2010-07-24). "Krepsininkas.Macijauskas.vede" (in Lithuanian). Alfa.lt. Retrieved 2012-01-25.