Artūras Gudaitis

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Artūras Gudaitis
Artūras Gudaitis 77 AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan 20171130.jpg
Artūras Gudaitis with Olimpia Milano
No. 7 – Olimpia Milano
PositionCenter
LeagueLBA
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1993-06-19) 19 June 1993 (age 26)
Klaipėda, Lithuania
NationalityLithuanian
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career2010–present
Career history
2010–2011LCC Klaipėda
2011–2012Gargždai-Bremena
2012Nafta-Universitetas Klaipėda
2012–2013Žalgiris-2 Kaunas
2013–2015Žalgiris Kaunas
2015–2017Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2017–presentOlimpia Milano
Career highlights and awards

Artūras Gudaitis (born 19 June 1993) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Olimpia Milano of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). Standing at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), he plays at the center position. He was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 47th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.

Early career[edit]

Before starting his professional career, Gudaitis played in the RKL with the LCC Klaipėda for one season. The next two seasons he played in NKL, and on his last season with Žalgiris-2 Kaunas he won a bronze medal. Gudaitis was respectively nominated as a most promising young player of the league on the same year.

Professional career[edit]

On 6 August 2013, Gudaitis signed a professional contract with Žalgiris Kaunas for two years and was brought into the main Žalgiris roster. Whilst suffering from the knee injury in the first half of the season he had his breakthrough game against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in the EuroLeague tournament, scoring 14 points with 6 rebounds.[1] Gudaitis vastly improved during the regular season, and was called an x-factor of victorious LKL semi-final series against Lietuvos rytas Vilnius.[2]

During 2014–15 LKL season his powerful dunk over Artūras Jomantas was selected as the Top Play of the Regular Season.[3]

On 2 July 2015, he signed a 2+1 contract with Lietuvos rytas Vilnius.[4]

On 9 November 2016, Gudaitis scored a career-high 17 points and got 11 rebounds in a 101–84 win over Montakit Fuenlabrada in EuroCup Basketball game.[5] One week later, on 16 November 2016, Gudaitis scored 12 points and got a career-high 15 rebounds.[6] After a individually successful 2016–17 season, he was named to the LKL All-Tournament Team on 13 June 2017.[7]

On 12 September 2017, Gudaitis signed with Olimpia Milano.[8] On 25 February 2018, Gudaitis extended his contract that would keep him with the team until the end of the 2020–21 season.[9]

On 1 February 2019, during an away game against Herbalife Gran Canaria, Gudaitis suffered an ACL injury that left him sidelined for the remainder of the 2018–2019 season.[10] Despite having played only 21 games in the Euroleague during the season, he was one of its most efficient players,[11][12] and was considered one of the league's top centers prior to the injury.

NBA[edit]

On 26 February 2015 Gudaitis announced that he was going to participate in the 2015 NBA draft[13] and prior to the NBA draft, it was reported that 11 teams were interested in his services.[14]

On 25 June 2015, Gudaitis was selected in the second round, with the 47th pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.[15]

On 10 July 2015, the Sacramento Kings acquired Gudaitis and Luka Mitrović from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, and Nik Stauskas.[16] It was reported that Vlade Divac himself requested to acquire Gudaitis.[17]

On 5 July 2016, it was announced that Gudaitis would represent the Kings during the 2016 NBA Summer League.[18]

On 8 February 2018, the Cleveland Cavaliers acquired rights to Gudaitis after they completed a three-team trade with the Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz.[19]

National team career[edit]

Gudaitis represented Lithuania at the U–18 youth tournament in Poland, 2011. His team took 5th place in the tournament, where Gudaitis scored 11.3 points, grabbed 6.2 rebounds and had 1.4 blocks per game.[20]

In 2015 Gudaitis was included in the Lithuania men's national basketball team head coach Jonas Kazlauskas extended candidates list and was invited to the training camp.[21] He was released from the team on September 1, just 4 days before the championship start.[22] He represented the primary Lithuania national team during the EuroBasket 2017 for the first time and averaged 4.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.2 assists.[23]

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

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2013–14 Žalgiris 7 1 10.3 .600 .000 .636 2.6 .6 .4 .7 4.4 6.9
2014–15 20 4 15.4 .506 .400 .618 4.0 .3 .2 .9 6.5 7.2
2017–18 Olimpia 29 1 20.4 .618 .000 .715 6.3 .2 .6 1.1 10.3 15.4
2018–19 21 4 23.4 .639 .000 .805 7.1 .4 .8 1.0 12.5 18.7
Career 77 10 19.2 .619 .222 .728 5.6 .3 .5 1.0 9.4 13.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.basketnews.lt/news-71731-varzovus-stebines-gudaitis-nesijauciu-padares-kazka-ypatingo.html#.UzSpDqiSya8
  2. ^ http://www.krepsinis.net/rekomenduojame/lkl-grandu-serijos-ivertinimai-kas-pradziugino-nustebino-o-kas-nuvyle/240016
  3. ^ "BEKO-LKL reguliaraus sezono TOP10". LKL.lt. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  4. ^ "Arturas Gudaitis leaves Zalgiris and signs for Lietuvos Rytas". Sportando.com. 2 July 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Logan leads Rytas to first win in Group B". www.eurocupbasketball.com. 9 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  6. ^ "Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius vs. Khimki Moscow Region - Game - Welcome to 7DAYS EuroCup". www.eurocupbasketball.com. 16 November 2016. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Paskelbtas simbolinis geriausių LKL žaidėjų penketas". BasketNews.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  8. ^ "L'Olimpia si rinforza con Arturas Gudaitis". www.olimpiamilano.com (in Italian). 12 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Gudaitis e l'Olimpia estendono fino al 2021". www.olimpiamilano.com (in Italian). 26 February 2018. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  10. ^ "Milan's Gudaitis out long-term with knee injury". Euroleague.net. 2 February 2019.
  11. ^ 2018–19 EuroLeague # Rating
  12. ^ Statistics | Euroleague.net
  13. ^ "Gudaitis dalyvaus NBA naujokų biržoje (video)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 26 February 2015.
  14. ^ Langvinis, Tomas. ""Žalgirio" puolėjui Artūrui Gudaičiui – 11-os NBA klubų dėmesys". 15min.lt. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  15. ^ "Philadelphia 76ers Select Jahlil Okafor, Richaun Holmes, Arturas Gudaitis, J.P. Tokoto, And Luka Mitrovic In The 2015 NBA Draft". NBA.com. 26 June 2015. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Kings Acquire Draft Rights to Two Players in Five-Player Trade with 76ers". NBA.com. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Artūrui Gudaičiui – specialus "Kings" vizitas ir pokalbis su Vlade Divacu". 24sek.lt. Retrieved 30 September 2015.
  18. ^ "Kings Announce 2016 NBA Summer League Roster". NBA. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Cavaliers Acquire George Hill and Rodney Hood in Three-Team Trade". NBA.com. 8 February 2018. Retrieved 9 February 2018.
  20. ^ http://www.basketnews.lt/news-41188-gudaitis-dziugu-kad-is-tokios-situacijos-pavyko-isspausti-maksimuma.html#.UzSqMqiSya8
  21. ^ "Paviešintas Lietuvos rinktinės kandidatų sąrašas". Delfi.lt. Retrieved 5 May 2015.
  22. ^ "Dvejonės baigėsi – Jonas Kazlauskas paskelbė galutinį rinktinės dvyliktuką". 24sek.lt. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  23. ^ "Arturas GUDAITIS at the FIBA EuroBasket 2017 - FIBA.basketball". FIBA.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.

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