Darius Songaila

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila Wizards.jpg
Songaila playing for the Washington Wizards
Žalgiris Kaunas
Position Power Forward / Center
League Lithuanian Basketball League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1978-02-14) February 14, 1978 (age 36)
Marijampolė, Lithuania
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school New Hampton School
(New Hampton, New Hampshire)
College Wake Forest (1998–2002)
NBA draft 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Pro playing career 1995–present
Career history
1995–1997 Lietuvos rytas Marijampolė
2002–2003 CSKA Moscow
2003–2005 Sacramento Kings
2005–2006 Chicago Bulls
2006–2009 Washington Wizards
2009–2010 New Orleans Hornets
2010–2011 Philadelphia 76ers
2011–2012 Galatasaray
2012 Blancos de Rueda Valladolid
2012–2013 Donetsk
2013–2014 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2014–present Žalgiris Kaunas
Career highlights and awards

Darius Songaila (born February 14, 1978) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for BC Žalgiris of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LBL). He has also played for the Lithuania national team. He can play power forward and center positions, but prefers the former.

Early years[edit]

Darius Songaila started his basketball career with Lietuvos Rytas Marijampolė in second-tier Lithuanian league, the LKAL in 1995.[1] In 1997 he moved to USA where he attended the New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire. Songaila played the Nike Hoop Summit in 1998. He was also named to the All-European Under-22 Championship 2nd Team.

College career[edit]

Darius Songaila played college basketball at Wake Forest University. He was named 3rd Team All-ACC in 2000 and 2nd-Team All-ACC in 2002. He was also named Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press as a senior.

Professional career[edit]

Songaila was selected with the 50th pick of the 2002 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, who eventually dealt his rights to the Sacramento Kings.[2]

He joined CSKA Moscow for the 2002–03 season and won the Russian Basketball Super League. He signed with the Kings in June 2003, and averaged 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 154 games (28 starts) over two seasons.

Songaila signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls in September 2005. He had his most successful season yet with the Bulls, averaging 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 62 games (7 starts). However, he suffered an ankle injury in March 2006 and missed the final 20 games.

On July 17, 2006, Songaila signed with the Washington Wizards. The deal reportedly was worth 23 million dollars over five years.[3] He missed the first 45 games after a surgery for a herniated disc and averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 37 games (1 start).

Songaila eventually became a big part of the Wizards' bench and an occasional starter. He averaged 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 2007–08. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Songaila became a starter because of the injuries suffered by teammates Brendan Haywood and Andray Blatche. He started a career-high 29 games and averaged 7.4 points and 2.9 rebounds.

On June 23, 2009, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Oleksiy Pecherov, Etan Thomas, and a first-round draft pick for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.[4]

On September 9, 2009, he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets along with Bobby Brown in exchange for Antonio Daniels and a 2014 second-round pick.[5]

On September 23, 2010, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers along with rookie forward Craig Brackins in exchange for Willie Green and Jason Smith.[6] Songaila had career lows with the 76ers, notably in points (1.6 ppg). With the 2010-2011 NBA season coming to an end, he became an unrestricted free agent.

In July 2011 he signed a one-year contract with Galatasaray in Turkey worth $1.5 million.[7]

In March 2012, several weeks after leaving Galatasaray, Songaila signed with Blancos de Rueda Valladolid. Later that year, he signed with BC Donetsk.[8]

On October 8, 2013, he signed with Lietuvos rytas for one season.[9] On July 22, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with Žalgiris Kaunas.[10]

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

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Sacramento 73 7 13.4 .487 .000 .807 3.1 .7 .6 .2 4.6
2004–05 Sacramento 81 21 20.6 .527 .000 .847 4.2 1.4 .6 .2 7.5
2005–06 Chicago 62 7 21.4 .481 .400 .817 4.0 1.4 .6 .3 9.2
2006–07 Washington 37 1 18.9 .524 .000 .852 3.6 1.0 .5 .3 7.6
2007–08 Washington 80 13 19.4 .458 .000 .918 3.4 1.7 .7 .2 6.2
2008–09 Washington 77 29 19.8 .532 .000 .889 2.9 1.2 .8 .3 7.4
2009–10 New Orleans 75 1 18.8 .494 .167 .811 3.1 .9 .8 .2 7.2
2010–11 Philadelphia 10 0 7.1 .467 .000 .500 1.0 0.2 .0 .0 1.6
Career 495 79 18.6 .499 .158 .844 3.4 1.2 .7 .2 6.9

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004 Sacramento 7 0 12.1 .625 .000 1.000 1.9 .3 .0 .1 3.7
2005 Sacramento 5 0 15.0 .421 .000 .800 2.8 .6 .4 .2 4.0
2007 Washington 4 0 22.5 .488 .000 1.000 3.3 1.0 .8 .0 10.8
2008 Washington 5 0 15.4 .421 .000 .867 2.6 .8 .2 .0 5.8
Career 21 0 15.6 .484 .000 .897 2.5 .6 .3 .1 5.6

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2002–03 CSKA Moscow 18 16 21.6 .475 .286 .847 3.9 1.1 .6 .2 12.8 10.8
2011–12 Galatasaray 10 10 15.3 .455 .000 .714 2.8 .4 .4 .0 6.5 3.3
2013–14 Lietuvos Rytas 10 8 21.9 .473 .000 .667 4.8 1.3 .7 .1 8.2 8.0
Career 38 34 20.0 .471 .286 .798 3.8 1.0 .6 .1 9.9 8.1

References[edit]

External links[edit]