Janar Talts

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Janar Talts
Janar Talts, Estonia-Latvia, 2006.jpg
Talts in 2006
University of Tartu
PositionSporting director
LeagueLatvian–Estonian Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1983-04-07) 7 April 1983 (age 37)
Tallinn, Estonia
Listed height2.07 m (6 ft 9 in)
Listed weight102 kg (225 lb)
Career information
NBA draft2005 / Undrafted
Playing career2001–2019
Career history
2001–2002TTÜ-A. Le Coq
2002–2004Tallinna Kalev
2004–2007RheinEnergie Köln
2007–2010University of Tartu
2011Krasnye Krylya Samara
2011–2013Cimberio Varese
2013–2018University of Tartu
2018–2019Tallinna Kalev/TLÜ
Career highlights and awards

Janar Talts (born 7 April 1983) is a former Estonian professional basketball player who is the sporting director of University of Tartu basketball team. Standing at 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in), he played at the power forward and center positions. He represented the Estonian national basketball team internationally.

Professional career[edit]

Talts began his professional career in 2001 with TTÜ-A. Le Coq of the Korvpalli Meistriliiga.

In 2002, Talts signed for the Estonian champions Tallinna Kalev. With Tallinna Kalev, he won his first Estonian Championship in the 2002–03 season, after Tallinna Kalev defeated TTÜ/A. Le Coq 4 games to 2 in the KML Finals.

In 2004, Talts joined RheinEnergie Köln of the Basketball Bundesliga, where he signed for the next three seasons. RheinEnergie Köln won the German Championship in the 2005–06 season, after defeating Alba Berlin 3 games to 1 in the Finals. RheinEnergie Köln competed in the 2006–07 Euroleague season, but failed to advance past the group stage with a 2–12 record. Talts averaged 2.9 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.

In 2007, Talts returned to Estonia and signed for TÜ/Rock. TÜ/Rock reached Final Four in the 2007–08 FIBA EuroCup season, but were defeated in the semifinals by Barons LMT 82–88 and in the third place game by AEL Limassol 70–79. Talts won his second Estonian Championship in the 2007–08 season, after TÜ/Rock swept Kalev/Cramo in the KML Finals and was named to the All-KML Team. After finishing the 2008–09 season as runners-up, TÜ/Rock won the 2009–10 Estonian League championship, defeating Kalev/Cramo in the Finals. Talts was named Finals Most Valuable Player and was also named to the All-KML Team.[1][2]

On 30 December 2010, Talts left TÜ/Rock to join Krasnye Krylya Samara of the Russian Professional Basketball League. Talts left Krasnye Krylya Samara after only three months and joined Cimberio Varese of the Serie A.

On 15 August 2013, returned to TÜ/Rock. TÜ/Rock finished the 2013–14 season as runners-up. Talts averaged 10.81 points and 6.39 rebounds during the season and was named to the All-KML Team.[3] He won his fourth Estonian Championship in the 2014–15 season, after TÜ/Rock defeated Kalev/Cramo in the KML Finals, winning the series 4 games to 1.[4] Talts won the Best Defender Award and was named to the All-KML Team.[5] TÜ/Rock failed to defend the title in the 2015–16 season, losing to Kalev/Cramo in the KML Finals, but Talts was once again named Best Defender.[6][7][8]

Estonian national team[edit]

As a member of the senior Estonian national basketball team, Talts competed at the EuroBasket 2015, averaging 10.4 points, 0.4 assists, and 4 rebounds in 22.2 minutes per game. Estonia finished the tournament in 20th place.[9]

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.


2006–07 RheinEnergie 13 11 16.3 .283 .172 .636 3.2 .5 .3 .6 2.9 1.2
Career 13 11 16.3 .283 .172 .636 3.2 .5 .3 .6 2.9 1.2

Awards and accomplishments[edit]

Professional career[edit]

Tallinna Kalev
RheinEnergie Köln



  1. ^ "Rock krooniti Eesti meistriks! Talts finaalseeria MVP!" (in Estonian). Delfi. 14 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Eesti parimaks korvpalluriks valiti Kristjan Kangur" (in Estonian). Delfi. 3 June 2010.
  3. ^ "Kalevist kaks, Rockist kolm! Kes valiti korvpallihooaja parimateks mängijateks?" (in Estonian). Delfi. 4 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Eesti meister 2015 on TÜ/ROCK!" (in Estonian). Estonian Basketball Association. 22 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Korvpalliliit kuulutas välja aasta parimad ja teatas meistriliiga sümboolse viisiku" (in Estonian). Delfi. 28 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Kalev/Cramo kindlustas meistritiitli koguni 27-punktise võiduga!" (in Estonian). Delfi. 27 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Kalev/Cramo purustas Tartu Rocki ja tuli Eesti meistriks" (in Estonian). Postimees.
  8. ^ "Korvpalliliit lõpetas Saku Suurhallis hooaja ja tunnustas paremaid" (in Estonian). Delfi. 2 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Estonia". Eurobasket2015.org. Archived from the original on 2016-08-08. Retrieved 2016-06-19.

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