Bertāns with Olimpia Milano in November 2017
|No. 9 – Khimki|
|League||VTB United League|
|Born||September 9, 1989|
Valmiera, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Undrafted|
|2013–2016||Dominion Bilbao Basket|
|2017–2019||AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan|
|2019||New Orleans Pelicans|
|2019–present||Khimki Moscow Region|
|Career highlights and awards|
Dairis Bertāns (born September 9, 1989) is a Latvian professional basketball player for Khimki of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague. Bertāns also plays for the Latvia national basketball team. He is the older brother of Dāvis Bertāns.
- 1 Professional career
- 2 Career statistics
- 3 National team career
- 4 Personal life
- 5 References
- 6 External links
From 2004 to 2006, Bertāns played for Valmiera and its junior team. In 2006, he signed with ASK Rīga. In 2006–07, he played for ASK Rīga's junior team, and in 2007–08, made his debut for the senior squad.
In August 2010, he signed a two-year deal with VEF Rīga. VEF Rīga's coach at the time, Rimas Kurtinaitis, saw potential in Bertāns as a point guard despite primarily being a shooting guard. So, during the 2010–11 season, Bertāns developed point guard skills to a different level, and was one of the key factors in VEF Rīga's first championship.
In July 2012, he re-signed with VEF Rīga on a three-year deal.
Bilbao Basket (2013–2016)
In June 2013, Bertāns parted ways with VEF Rīga to sign a three-year deal with Bilbao Basket of the Liga ACB. In one of his first games with Bilbao he scored 19 points in a preseason game against Philadelphia 76ers.
On July 13, 2016, Bertāns signed a 1+1-year deal with Turkish club Darüşşafaka Doğuş under head coach David Blatt. On January 12, 2017, Bertāns recorded a career-high 29 points, shooting 10-of-13 from the field, along with five assists in a 98–89 win over Baskonia. Bertāns helped the team to reach the 2017 EuroLeague Playoffs as the eighth seed, but they eventually were eliminated by Real Madrid in the Quarterfinals.
Olimpia Milano (2017–2019)
New Orleans Pelicans (2019)
On March 2, 2019, Bertāns signed with the New Orleans Pelicans. Bertāns later made his NBA debut eight days later, recording just one assist in six minutes of action in a 128–116 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. He then recorded a rebound two days later in a 130–113 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He made his first basket with a three-pointer in a 138–136 overtime loss to the Phoenix Suns on March 16. On July 7, 2019, he was waived by the Pelicans.
|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||Bold||Career high|
National team career
Bertāns has been member of the Latvian U-16, U-19 and U-20 national teams, as well as the senior national team. He led Latvia to a bronze medal at the 2007 U18 European Championship in Madrid, Spain. He has since represented the Latvia national team at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the EuroBasket 2011. He was also the leading scorer (14.1ppg) for Latvia in 2012, when he helped Latvia earn a spot in EuroBasket 2013.
|Tournament||Games played||Points per game||Rebounds per game||Assists per game|
Bertāns' brother, Dāvis, 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.
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- "VEF Riga announce Valters, Grafs and Bertans". Sportando.basketball. August 10, 2010. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
- "VEF Riga keeps Dairis Bertans". Sportando.basketball. July 12, 2012. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
- "Bilbao signs Dairis Bertans to a three-year deal". Sportando.basketball. June 6, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
- "76ers 106, Bilbao Basket 104". ESPN.com. October 6, 2013. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
- "Celtics Announce 2014 Orlando Summer League Roster". NBA.com. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
- "Spurs Announce 2015 Summer League Rosters for Utah & Las Vegas". NBA.com. July 3, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
- "Dominion Bilbao Basket vs. FC Bayern Munich - Game". EuroCupBasketball.com. January 20, 2016. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
- "Darussafaka Dogus lands Dairis Bertans". Sportando.com. July 13, 2016. Retrieved July 16, 2016.
- "Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul vs. Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz - Game". EuroLeague.net. January 12, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- "Olimpia adds three-point shooter Dairis Bertans". Olimpiamilano.com. 10 July 2017. Retrieved 10 July 2017.
- "Olimpia Milano keeps Dairis Bertans". sportando.basketball. 29 June 2018. Retrieved 29 June 2018.
- "Bertans: Olimpia gave me the opportunity to realize a dream that I was pursuing since I was a kid". sportando.basketball. March 1, 2019. Retrieved March 1, 2019.
- "New Orleans Pelicans sign Dairis Bertans". NBA.com. March 2, 2019. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
- "Pelicans Waive Dairis Bertans". hoopsrumors.com. July 7, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
- "Khimki inks shooting ace Bertans for two years". euroleague.net. July 8, 2019. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
- "Latvia 91 at France 102". RealGM.com. September 13, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2019.