Dāvis Bertāns

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Dāvis Bertāns
No. 42 – San Antonio Spurs
Position Small forward / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-11-12) 12 November 1992 (age 24)
Valmiera, Latvia
Nationality Latvian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 42nd overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Playing career 2007–present
Career history
2007–2008 ASK Kadeti II
2008–2010 BAA Riga
2009 ASK Riga
2009 BK Keizarmezs Riga
2010 BK Barons
2010–2012 Union Olimpija
2012–2014 Partizan
2014–2016 Laboral Kutxa Baskonia
2016–present San Antonio Spurs
2016–2017 Austin Spurs
Career highlights and awards

Dāvis Bertāns (born 12 November 1992) is a Latvian professional basketball player for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Latvian national team. He was selected with the 42nd pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Indiana Pacers.

Professional career[edit]

Riga[edit]

In 2007–08, Bertāns played for ASK Kadeti II. Between 2008 and 2010, he played for BAA Riga of Latvia's second division. During this time, he also had two stints in the top division with ASK Riga at the end of the 2008–09 season, and with BK Keizarmezs Riga at the start of the 2009–10 season.[1]

Union Olimpija[edit]

After starting the 2010–11 season with BK Barons, in November 2010, Bertāns signed a multi-year deal with Slovenian club Union Olimpija.[2] Following the 2010–11 season, Bertāns was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 42nd overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft. However, his rights were immediately traded to the San Antonio Spurs.[3]

Partizan Belgrade[edit]

In January 2012, Bertāns left Olimpija and signed a three-and-a-half-year contract with Serbian club Partizan Belgrade.[4]

In the Serbian League finals series against Crvena zvezda in June 2013, he tore the ACL in his right knee, which sidelined him for nine months.[5][6]

Bertāns returned to the court on 20 March 2014 against Maccabi Tel Aviv, helping his team get a hard-fought Euroleague Top 16 win against the favoured visitors by contributing two points, two rebounds and one assist in 15 minutes of action.[7] Eight days later, on 28 March 2014, Dāvis scored team-high 20 points in a road Euroleague Top 16 loss to Lokomotiv-Kuban.[8] Partizan ended the season by winning its 13th and Dāvis' third consecutive Serbian League title, defeating rivals Crvena Zvezda 3–1 in the finals series.[9] On 3 July 2014, Bertāns terminated his contract with the club.[10]

Laboral Kutxa Baskonia[edit]

On 19 July 2014, Bertāns signed a three-year contract with Spanish club Laboral Kutxa Baskonia.[11][12]

On 26 March 2015, in a game against Emporio Armani Milano, Bertāns tore the ACL in his right knee, the same injury that sidelined him in 2013.[13] He was subsequently ruled out for six to eight months.[14] Over 22 Euroleague games, he averaged 11.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, while also averaging 11.4 points in 25 games of the Spanish League. In Laboral Kutxa Baskonia's very next game following Bertāns' injury, a Spanish League contest versus Valencia BC, each Baskonia player wore Bertāns' number 42 in a show of support for their sidelined teammate.[15]

On 14 July 2016, Bertāns and Baskonia agreed on a contract buyout.[16]

San Antonio Spurs[edit]

On 14 July 2016, Bertāns signed with the San Antonio Spurs.[17] He made his debut for the Spurs in their season opener on 25 October 2016, scoring five points in four minutes off the bench in a 129–100 win over the Golden State Warriors.[18] On 25 November 2016, he set a career high in scoring, pitching in 15 of the Spurs' 56 bench points to help San Antonio defeat the Boston Celtics 109–103.[19] On 7 January 2017, he scored a season-high 21 points in a 102–85 win over the Charlotte Hornets. He went 4-of-5 on three-pointers in leading the Spurs in scoring for the first time in 2016–17.[20] On 29 January 2017 against Dallas, Bertāns became just the fourth Spurs rookie with at least 35 three-pointers and 15 blocks in a season, joining Kawhi Leonard, Manu Ginóbili and Lloyd Daniels.[21] On 11 March 2017, he had three three-pointers in a 107–85 win over Golden State to reach 51 three-pointers on the season. He became just the sixth Spurs rookie to hit 50 in a season.[22] During his rookie season, he has had multiple assignments with the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.[23]

Latvian national team[edit]

Bertāns represented Latvia at the EuroBasket 2011. He averaged 5.6 points and 2 rebounds per game for Latvia.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Bertāns' older brother, Dairis, is also a professional basketball player. Their father, Dainis, was a professional basketball player and is currently a youth coach. Their mother is a sports teacher and a former high level rower.

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
2011–12 Union Olimpija 10 1 15.6 .282 .217 1.000 2.2 .5 .1 .1 3.0 .6
2012–13 Partizan 10 1 20.0 .385 .471 .625 2.3 .7 1.1 .2 6.6 4.6
2013–14 4 2 21.9 .435 .435 .000 3.8 1.3 .8 .5 12.5 8.0
2014–15 Baskonia 22 18 21.9 .381 .355 .853 2.9 .9 .2 .5 11.0 6.5
2015–16 15 8 20.7 .514 .474 .905 1.9 .9 .4 .4 7.9 6.9
Career 61 30 20.2 .400 .388 .824 2.5 .8 .4 .4 8.3 5.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prospect Profile: Davis Bertans". NBA.com. Retrieved 27 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Union Olimpija signs top prospect Bertans". Euroleague.net. 14 November 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Spurs Obtain Draft Rights To Kawhi Leonard". NBA.com. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Partizan Belgrade lands Davis Bertans". Sportando.com. 4 January 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Bertans pokidao ligamente kolena!". b92.net (in Serbian). 13 June 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Partizan's Davis Bertans won't return before March". Sportando.com. 24 October 2013. Retrieved 14 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "Partizan rallies to beat Maccabi in closing seconds". Euroleague.net. 20 March 2014. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Brown, Likhodey lead Lokomotiv to key home win". Euroleague.net. 28 March 2014. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Ništa novo, Partizan je šampion!". b92.net (in Serbian). 21 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014. 
  10. ^ "Agent: Bertans raskinuo ugovor". b92.net (in Serbian). 3 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Labor [sic] Kutxa signs up Latvian forward Davis Bertans". Baskonia.com. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "Laboral Kutxa Vitoria adds shooter Bertans". Euroleague.net. 19 July 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Laboral's Bertans to miss rest of the season". Euroleague.net. 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Bertans definitivno pokidao ACL". b92.net (in Serbian). 27 March 2015. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Dirljiv gest saigrača za Bertansa". b92.net (in Serbian). 29 March 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "Davis Bertans, Saski baskonia [sic] agree on contract buyout". Baskonia.com. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "SAN ANTONIO SIGNS DAVIS BERTANS". NBA.com. 14 July 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2016. 
  18. ^ "Spurs vs. Warriors – Box Score". ESPN.com. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016. 
  19. ^ "Spurs top Boston 109-103 on Leonard's 25 points, 10 rebounds". ESPN.com. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  20. ^ "Rookie Bertans' 21 points lead Spurs over Hornets, 102-85". ESPN.com. 7 January 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  21. ^ "Curry's 24 points help Mavericks hold off Spurs, 105-101". ESPN.com. 29 January 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2017. 
  22. ^ "Mills leads Spurs past Warriors in game minus top stars". ESPN.com. 11 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  23. ^ "2016-17 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  24. ^ "Latvia Roster". FIBA Europe. Retrieved 1 September 2011. [permanent dead link]

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