Žanis Peiners

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Žanis Peiners
No. 31 – Darüşşafaka
Position Small forward / Shooting guard
League Basketbol Süper Ligi
Personal information
Born (1990-08-02) August 2, 1990 (age 28)
Rēzekne, Latvia
Nationality Latvian
Listed height 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
Listed weight 96 kg (212 lb)
Career information
Playing career 2009–present
Career history
2009–2010 VEF Rīga
2010–2013 Latvijas Universitāte
2013–2014 Mykolaiv
2014–2016 Ventspils
2016–2017 PAOK
2017–2018 Lietkabelis Panevėžys
2018–present Darüşşafaka
Career highlights and awards
  • LBL All-Star (2011–2013)
  • LBL Scoring Champion (2013)

Žanis Peiners (born August 2, 1990) is a Latvian professional basketball player for Darüşşafaka of the Turkish Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL) and the EuroLeague. He is a 2.05 m (6 ft 8¾ in) tall[1] shooting guard-small forward.

Professional career[edit]

In 2009, he started pro career with VEF Rīga.[2] After that season, he went to Latvijas Universitāte, where he played next three seasons. Peiners helped his team, which consisted of semi-professional student athletes, to reach the LBL playoffs twice. He was scoring the champion of the LBL in 2013, averaging 21.1 points per game.[3]

In 2013, Žanis graduated from LU, and attracted the attention of multiple clubs from abroad. He had strong interest from KK Union Olimpija, but ultimately decided to sign with MBC Mykolaiv.[4] He finished the season in the Ukrainian SuperLeague, as the league's second best scorer (16.1 points per game).[5]

On September 17, 2014, he joined the then defending Latvian League champions, Ventspils.[6] On July 20, 2016, Peiners signed with the Greek club PAOK Thessaloniki.[7]

In June 2018, Peiners signed with Darüşşafaka of the Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL) and EuroLeague.[8]

Latvian national team[edit]

Peiners has also been a member of the senior men's Latvian national basketball team. With Latvia's senior national team, he played at the EuroBasket 2015 and EuroBasket 2017.[9]


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