Artūras Gudaitis

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Artūras Gudaitis
Arturas Gudaitis by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Artūras Gudaitis (left) as a Žalgiris member
No. 7 – Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
Position Power forward / Center
League Lithuanian Basketball League
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1993-06-19) 19 June 1993 (age 24)
Klaipėda, Lithuania
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 254 lb (115 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers
Playing career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2011 LCC Klaipėda
2011–2012 Gargždai-Bremena
2012 Nafta-Universitetas Klaipėda
2012–2013 Žalgiris-2 Kaunas
2013–2015 Žalgiris Kaunas
2015–present Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
Career highlights and awards

Artūras Gudaitis (born 19 June 1993) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Lietuvos rytas Vilnius of the Lithuanian Basketball League (LKL). Standing at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), he plays at the center position.

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 June 13, 2017.[7]

NBA[edit]

On 26 February 2015 Gudaitis announced that he was going to participate in the 2015 NBA draft[8] and prior to the NBA draft, it was reported that 11 teams were interested in his services.[9]

On 25 June 2015, Gudaitis was selected in the second round, with the 47th pick by the Philadelphia 76ers.[10]

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.[11] It was reported that Vlade Divac himself requested to acquire Gudaitis.[12]

On 5 July 2016, it was announced that Gudaitis would represent the Kings during the 2016 NBA Summer League.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15] He was released from the team on September 1, just 4 days before the championship start.[16]

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 Žalgiris 20 4 15.4 .506 .400 .618 4.0 .3 .2 .9 6.5 7.2
Career 27 5 14.1 .524 .222 .620 3.6 .3 .2 .9 6.0 7.1

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. ^ "Gudaitis dalyvaus NBA naujokų biržoje (video)". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  9. ^ Langvinis, Tomas. ""Žalgirio" puolėjui Artūrui Gudaičiui – 11-os NBA klubų dėmesys". 15min.lt. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ "Kings Acquire Draft Rights to Two Players in Five-Player Trade with 76ers". NBA.com. 10 July 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015. 
  12. ^ "Artūrui Gudaičiui – specialus "Kings" vizitas ir pokalbis su Vlade Divacu". 24sek.lt. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  13. ^ "Kings Announce 2016 NBA Summer League Roster". NBA. 5 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016. 
  14. ^ http://www.basketnews.lt/news-41188-gudaitis-dziugu-kad-is-tokios-situacijos-pavyko-isspausti-maksimuma.html#.UzSqMqiSya8
  15. ^ "Paviešintas Lietuvos rinktinės kandidatų sąrašas". Delfi.lt. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "Dvejonės baigėsi – Jonas Kazlauskas paskelbė galutinį rinktinės dvyliktuką". 24sek.lt. Retrieved 1 September 2015. 

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