Songaila playing for Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
|League||Lithuanian Basketball League
February 14, 1978 |
Marijampolė, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||248 lb (112 kg)|
|High school||New Hampton School
(New Hampton, New Hampshire)
|College||Wake Forest (1998–2002)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|2009–2010||New Orleans Hornets|
|2012||Blancos de Rueda Valladolid|
|2013–2014||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|2015–present||Žalgiris Kaunas (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Darius Songaila (born February 14, 1978) is a Lithuanian former professional basketball player and currently assistant coach for Žalgiris Kaunas. He has represented the Lithuania national team. He played at the power forward and center positions.
Darius Songaila started his basketball career with Lietuvos Rytas Marijampolė in second-tier Lithuanian league, the LKAL in 1995. In 1997 he moved to USA where he attended the New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire. Songaila played the Nike Hoop Summit in 1998. He was also named to the All-European Under-22 Championship 2nd Team.
Darius Songaila played college basketball at Wake Forest University. He was named 3rd Team All-ACC in 2000 and 2nd-Team All-ACC in 2002. He was also named Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press as a senior.
He joined CSKA Moscow for the 2002–03 season and won the Russian Basketball Super League. He signed with the Kings in June 2003, and averaged 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 154 games (28 starts) over two seasons.
Songaila signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls in September 2005. He had his most successful season yet with the Bulls, averaging 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 62 games (7 starts). However, he suffered an ankle injury in March 2006 and missed the final 20 games.
On July 17, 2006, Songaila signed with the Washington Wizards. The deal reportedly was worth 23 million dollars over five years. He missed the first 45 games after a surgery for a herniated disc and averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 37 games (1 start).
Songaila eventually became a big part of the Wizards' bench and an occasional starter. He averaged 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 2007–08. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Songaila became a starter because of the injuries suffered by teammates Brendan Haywood and Andray Blatche. He started a career-high 29 games and averaged 7.4 points and 2.9 rebounds.
On September 23, 2010, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers along with rookie forward Craig Brackins in exchange for Willie Green and Jason Smith. Songaila had career lows with the 76ers, notably in points (1.6 ppg). With the 2010-2011 NBA season coming to an end, he became an unrestricted free agent.
At the end of the season, he retired from the professional basketball.
|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|
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.
- Songaila started his career in Lietuvos Rytas Marijampolė, krepsinis.net (Lithuanian)
- "NBA Draft Board". nba.com. Retrieved 2011-01-29.
- "Agent: Songaila signs 5-year, $23M deal with Wizards".
- "Source: Foye, Miller head to Wiz". 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
- "HORNETS ACQUIRE SONGAILA, BROWN FROM TIMBERWOLVES". NBA.com. 2009-09-09. Retrieved 2009-09-09.
- "Rookie Craig Brackins traded to 76ers". 2010-09-23. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
- Galatasaray lands big man Songaila
- Darius Songaila signs in Ukraine
- Lietuvos Rytas signs Darius Songaila (Lithuanian)
- "Zalgiris Kaunas announces Songaila". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 22 July 2014.
- "Darius Songaila baigia profesionalaus krepšininko karjerą". ve.lt (in Lithuanian). 7 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Darius Songaila.|
- Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com
- Darius Songaila at eurobasket.com
- Darius Songaila at euroleague.net