Jānis Timma

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Jānis Timma
Jānis Timma 6 - Saski Baskonia 20171215 (cropped).jpg
Timma with Baskonia in 2017
No. 10 – Olympiacos
Position Small forward
League Greek Basket League
Personal information
Born (1992-07-02) 2 July 1992 (age 26)
Krāslava, Latvia
Nationality Latvian
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 2 / Pick: 60th overall
Selected by the Memphis Grizzlies
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–2009 ASK Riga
2009–2011 ASK/Juniors
2011–2012 Liepājas Lauvas
2012–2014 Ventspils
2014–2015 VEF Rīga
2015–2017 Zenit Saint Petersburg
2017–2018 Baskonia
2018–present Olympiacos
Career highlights and awards

Jānis Timma (born 2 July 1992) is a Latvian professional basketball player for Olympiacos of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague.

Professional career[edit]

Timma, for ASK in 2011.

Timma grew up playing basketball in his hometown Krāslava, but later moved to Rīga at age 15. At first he joined ASK Rīga's system and made few appearances for its senior team during the end of 2008-09 season. Following year ASK Riga was dissolved and he played for DSN Rīga, a team that consisted of young Latvian talents. Timma helped DSN Rīga to win 2nd division of Latvian Basketball League in 2009-10 season. He also spent majority of next season playing for DSN Rīga.

Timma joined BK Liepājas Lauvas for the 2011-12 season. That can be considered his rookie year on pro level. After a decent season in Liepāja, Timma made the next step in his career. On 1 August 2012, he signed multi-year contract with BK Ventspils.[1]

In April 2013, he led Ventspils to Baltic Basketball League championship and won the MVP award.[2]

In his second season with Ventspils, Timma won his first Latvian championship and was named MVP of the playoffs.[3]

On July 28, 2014, he signed with VEF Rīga [4] where he played for the first time in such quality competition as EuroCup and VTB United League.

Timma was named MVP of the 2015 Latvian Basketball League All-Star Game after he scored 41 points and set new scoring record.[5] On May 5, 2015, he was named the VTB United League Young Player of the Year.[6] He finished the season with VEF Rīga winning LBL championship. He made 58 appearances for VEF Riga, averaging 12.6ppg in all tournaments that his team participated in.[7]

On June 30, 2015, he signed a two-tear contract with the Russian team Zenit St. Petersburg.[8]

On June 8, 2017, Timma signed a three-year deal with Baskonia.[9]

On July 18, 2018, Timma parted ways with Baskonia and signed a two-year deal with the Greek team Olympiacos of the EuroLeague.[10][11]


In 2013, Timma declared for the 2013 NBA draft.[12] He was selected with the last pick (60th overall) by the Memphis Grizzlies.[13]

On June 24, 2015, the Memphis Grizzlies traded Timma's draft rights to the Orlando Magic, in exchange for Luke Ridnour.[14]

Latvia national team[edit]

Timma won a bronze medal at the U18 European Championship 2010. In 2013, he made his first appearance for Latvian national team.

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  Bold  Career high


2017–18 Baskonia 33 27 22.8 .483 .412 .767 2.3 1.2 .9 .1 7.6 7.1
Career 33 27 22.8 .483 .412 .767 2.3 1.2 .9 .1 7.6 7.1


  1. ^ "Jānis Timma pievienojas BK". Tvnet.lv (in Latvian). August 1, 2012. Retrieved April 10, 2013.
  2. ^ http://www.sportando.com/en/europe/other-leagues/100337/bk-ventspils-wins-baltic-league-janis-timma-named-mvp.html
  3. ^ http://sportacentrs.com/basketbols/lbl/16052014-ventspils_devito_reizi_triumfe_latvijas_c
  4. ^ http://www.vefriga.com/lv/jaunumi/zinas/vef-riga-sastavu-pastiprina-janis-timma-1630
  5. ^ http://www.vefriga.com/lv/jaunumi/zinas/timma-labo-zvaigznu-speles-rekordu-un-klust-par-mvp-1800
  6. ^ Janis Timma named VTB League Young Player of the Year
  7. ^ http://www.vefriga.com/lv/jaunumi/zinas/sezona-skaitlos-ii-dala-1875
  8. ^ "Янис Тимма присоединился к "Зениту"". basket.fc-zenit.ru (in Russian). 30 June 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Janis Timma, primer fichaje del Baskonia 2017-17" (in Spanish). baskonia.com. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 8 June 2017.
  10. ^ "Janis Timma finaliza su etapa como baskonista - Saski Baskonia". Saski Baskonia (in Spanish). 18 July 2018. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Janis Timma joins Reds". EuroLeague.net. July 18, 2018. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  12. ^ "Janis Timma will enter the NBA Draft". Sportando.net. April 18, 2013. Retrieved August 4, 2013.
  13. ^ "Grizzlies select Jamaal Franklin and Janis Timma in 2013 NBA Draft". NBA.com. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 30, 2013.
  14. ^ "Magic Acquire Draft Rights to Jānis Timma; Trade Luke Ridnour". NBA.com. June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.

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