Mantas Kalnietis

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Mantas Kalnietis
Mantas Kalnietis.jpg
No. 9 – Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Position Point guard
League VTB United League
Euroleague
Personal information
Born (1986-09-06) 6 September 1986 (age 27)
Kaunas, Lithuania
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2008 / Undrafted
Pro playing career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2012 Žalgiris Kaunas
2012–present Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
Career highlights and awards
  • Europe Students Championship Champion (2007)
  • World Students Summer Universiade Champion (2007)
  • ULEB Summer League MVP (2007)
  • BBL Champion (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • LKF Cup (2007, 2008)
  • LKL Champion (2007, 2008, 2011, 2012)
  • BBL Slam Dunk Champion (2007)
  • LKL All-Star (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • ULEB Summer League MVP (2007)
  • LKL Slam Dunk Champion (2008)
  • Lithuania Basketball Player Of The Year (2013)

Mantas Kalnietis (born 6 September 1986) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar of the VTB United League. He is also a member of the Lithuanian national basketball team. He prefers the point guard position, but can play shooting guard as well.

Early years[edit]

Kalnietis spent two and a half seasons with the LKKA-Žalgiris. He averaged 27.7 points and 11.3 assists in his second season.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Kalnietis made his pro debut in February 2006 with the Žalgiris of Kaunas. He averaged 6.8 points on 65 percent shooting in the Euroleague.

Kalnietis helped Žalgiris win a Baltic League title in 2008, two Lithuanian League titles in 2007 and 2008 and two Lithuanian Cups in 2007 and 2008. He also led the team to a 2007 ULEB Summer League title, where he was named MVP.[2]

He competed at the Reebok Eurocamp in Treviso in 2006 and 2008.[3][4]

Kalnietis had a breakout season in 2008–09, when he averaged 11.3 points in the Lithuanian League and 8.5 points and 3.0 assists in the Euroleague. He scored a career-high 20 points in a loss against the Montepaschi Siena on 10 December 2008.[5]

Kalnietis signed a three-year contract with the Benetton Treviso in June 2009.[6][7][8] However, because he has another one-year contract with Žalgiris Kaunas, FIBA arbiter's decided that he belongs to Žalgiris.[9] On 27 December 2010 he signed a three-year extension with his hometown club Žalgiris Kaunas.[10] In October 2012, however, he announced that he's interested in playing abroad for the first time in Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. On October 5, he signed a three-year contract with the team. On December 18, 2013, Kalnietis was named Lithuania Basketball Player Of The Year.[11]

Lithuanian national team[edit]

Kalnietis started at point guard for the Lithuanian national basketball team that finished seventh in the 2006 World Championship. He averaged 6.0 points and 2.8 assists. He also played at the 2010 FIBA World Championship as a starter and won a bronze medal. He led Lithuania national team during EuroBasket 2013 to silver medals averaging 12.1 points and 5 assists per game (best result in championship[12]).

Euroleague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2005–06 Žalgiris 4 1 16.2 .647 .333 .333 1.8 2.0 1.3 .5 6.8 8.5
2006–07 Žalgiris 13 1 12.5 .655 .333 .500 1.2 1.3 .8 .1 4.0 4.2
2007–08 Žalgiris 16 0 7.2 .500 .167 .444 .7 .8 .1 .0 1.6 1.1
2008–09 Žalgiris 10 6 24.4 .481 .310 .727 2.3 3.0 1.3 .2 8.5 7.3
2009–10 Žalgiris 16 16 30.1 .642 .275 .800 2.8 3.6 1.0 .2 9.0 10.2
2010–11 Žalgiris 15 7 22.1 .588 .371 .750 2.3 1.9 .2 .1 9.1 8.7
2011–12 Žalgiris 16 12 22.1 .520 .222 .636 2.5 3.7 .6 .1 7.6 7.6
2013–14 Lokomotiv 24 19 28.1 .575 .250 .658 3.0 4.8 1.0 .1 9.4 11.8
Career 90 62 20.3 .571 .283 .667 2.1 2.4 .6 .1 6.6 8.1


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