Blūms with Bilbao Basket
|No. 45 – VEF Rīga|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
April 20, 1982 |
Saldus, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|NBA draft||2004 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jānis Blūms (born April 20, 1982) is a Latvian professional basketball player who plays for VEF Rīga of the Latvian LBL. Standing at 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in), Blūms plays both point guard and shooting guard positions. He also serves as the captain of the Latvian national basketball team.
Blūms started his career with Brocēni and later continued to play in their successor Skonto. In 2003, he signed with Polish club Anwil Włocławek, where he spent one season before returning to Latvia, where he joined BK Ventspils. After two years in Ventspils, Blūms joined Lithuanian powerhouse BC Lietuvos rytas. In 2007, Blūms accepted offer from Italian side Eldo Napoli where he had a decent season.
In 2008, Blūms signed a two-year contract with Bilbao Basket of Spain's ACB League. Totally he played four very good seasons in Bilbao. Some of highlights with Bilbao includes making Liga ACB finals, Euroleague quarterfinals and Eurocup Final Four (twice). During his tenure with Bilbao Blūms developed reputation as a fierce competitor who can be deadly from three-point range and can play lock-down defense, because often he would guard best player of the opposite team. Due to his passion and effort he became one of the city's fan favorites.
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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.
Blūms has said that his favorite players and idols growing was Roberts Štelmahers and Ainars Bagatskis. Later on he played together with Štelmahers in Latvian national basketball team and in Lietuvos Rytas (2006-07 season).
In 2010-11 season Blūms didn't miss a single practice or game with Bilbao Basket. He reported to training camp by mid-August and his season ended in mid-June. That was one of his best seasons as his team made Liga ACB finals.
Latvian national team
Blūms also plays for the Latvian national basketball team and serves as the captain of the team.
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