Gintaras Einikis

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Gintaras Einikis
Personal information
Born (1969-09-30) September 30, 1969 (age 47)
Kretinga, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Lithuanian
Career information
NBA draft 1991 / Undrafted
Playing career 1987–2010
Position Power forward / Center
Number 11, 41
Coaching career 2016–present
Career history
As player:
1987–1995 Žalgiris Kaunas
1995–1999 Avtodor Saratov
1999–2001 CSKA Moscow
2001–2002 Śląsk Wrocław
2002–2003 Žalgiris Kaunas
2003–2004 Prokom Trefl Sopot
2004 Unicaja Málaga
2005 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2005–2006 CEZ Basketball Nymburk
2009–2010 Naglis-Adakris Palanga
As coach:
2016 Avtodor Saratov (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Gintaras Einikis (born September 30, 1969 in Kretinga, Lithuanian SSR, USSR) is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player and current coach. He stands at 6 ft 10 in (208 cm) and is former Lithuanian basketball center for the Lithuanian national team. Einikis is the only player from the Lithuanian national team to have won all three consecutive bronze medals at the Olympics in Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney.[1]

Playing career[edit]

In 1987, the 18-year-old Einikis arrived at Žalgiris to replace his injured teammate Arvydas Sabonis. He established himself as a strong and aggressive defender, an excellent center and a surprisingly accurate three-point shooter. When Sabonis left Žalgiris, Einikis continued his career as a starter. In 1995, he left for Avtodor Saratov. After dominating with Avtodor, Einikis moved to CSKA Moscow. After 2 moderate seasons, he moved to Idea-Slask, where he averaged 9 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game in 22 minutes of Euroleague action. He moved back to Zalgiris, contributing more to the team. During the last years of his career his averages fell drastically; however, he helped Lietuvos Rytas to win Uleb Cup in 2005. He retired after the 2005-06 season. In 2009 he returned to professional basketball and played for Naglis-Adakris. After 2009-2010 season he retired second time.

Career statistics[edit]

  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.


2001–02 Wrocław 9 7 22.1 .437 .182 .765 4.4 .8 .6 .6 9.0 6.9
2002–03 Žalgiris 14 12 26.0 .530 .444 .750 4.9 .6 .7 .4 13.0 10.9
2004–05 Unicaja 8 1 10.0 .563 .222 .500 1.4 .0 .3 .1 3.1 2.3

Coaching career[edit]

On February 10, 2016, it was announced that Einkis has become an assistant coach for Avtodor Saratov.[2]


In 2008, Einikis participated in altercation with a night club's staff, yelling insults, threatening physical harm and refusing to leave the club.[3] He and his friend were fined with 3,000 Litas.

After the incident, Einikis was spotted leaving the club in his car Volkswagen Touareg. Because he had lost his license a year ago after his involvement in a hit and run accident, he was fined with an additional 2,500 Litas.[4] During the accident, it was speculated that he was on cocaine. The police discovered cocaine powder in his car.[5]

In 2011, Einikis, heavily intoxicated, with 5.11 per mil blood-alcohol concentration, went to his friend's house and threatened to kill her by setting her house on fire. He was later arrested and charged with threats of arson and assault.[6]

He married his longtime friend Jurgita in July 2012. Later that month, however, he, while under the influence of alcohol, physically assaulted his wife.[7] He is currently incarcerated pending trial.

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • Lithuanian League Champion - 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 2003
  • Lithuanian League MVP - 1995
  • European Silver Medalist - 1995
  • Champion of Russian League - 2000
  • Champion of Polish League - 2004
  • ULEB Cup winner - 2005


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