Kristaps Valters

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Kristaps Valters
Kristaps Valters, Estonia-Latvia, 2006.jpg
No. 18 – Türk Telekom
Position Point guard
League Turkish Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1981-09-18) September 18, 1981 (age 33)
Riga, Latvia
Nationality Latvian
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 185 lb (84 kg)
Career information
Pro career 1998–present
Career history
1998–2000 ASK/Brocēni/LMT
2000–2001 Antalya Büyükşehir Belediyesi
2001–2003 Skonto
2003 Panionios
2003–2004 Skonto
2004–2006 EWE Baskets Oldenburg
2006–2007 Pallalcesto Amatori Udine
2007–2008 Triumph Lyubertsy
2008–2009 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
2009–2010 Joventut Badalona
2010–2011 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
2011–2012 Unicaja Málaga
2012 Artland Dragons
2012–2013 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
2013–2014 TED Ankara Kolejliler
2014 Barons/LDz
2014–present Türk Telekom

Kristaps Valters (born September 18, 1981) is a Latvian professional basketball guard, currently playing for Türk Telekom.

Playing career[edit]

He first played professionally in 1998, for ASK/Brocēni/LMT. In 2000, Valters signed his first foreign contract, with Antalya Büyükşehir Belediyesi, but played there only one season. He then returned to the Latvian Basketball League, signing a two-year contract with the newly created team Skonto.

In 2003, he played in the NBA Summer League for the Cleveland Cavaliers alongside number #1 pick in that draft LeBron James. In the fall of that year, he returned to Europe and played for Panionios. Valters did not stay there for long and in December 2004, he returned to play for Skonto.

From 2004 to 2006, he played for the Germany's Basketball Bundesliga club EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Then he went to Italy and played for Pallalcesto Amatori Udine. During the season in Italy he was named as Week 8 MVP of ULEB Cup.[1]

In 2007, he signed a contract with Scafati Basket, but never played there because he was injured and the team terminated his contract. In November 2007, Valters signed with Russian team Triumph Lyubertsy.

In the summer of 2008, he signed a contract with Liga ACB team Fuenlabrada and had a breakout season. The team wanted to retain Valters and offered him a three-year contract for about two million dollars, but Valters opted to sign a two-year contract with DKV Joventut in July 2009 replacing Ricky Rubio.

In August 2010, he returned to Baloncesto Fuenlabrada,[2] where he had another great year by leading his underdog squad to the ACB League's play-offs. For the 2011–12 season he signed with Unicaja Málaga,[3] helping team to reach Euroleague's Top16. Kristaps ended season in Malaga as ACB's leading three-point shooter.[4]

Prior to 2012-13 season Valters joined German squad Artland Dragons, but later returned to Fuenlabrada, where he finished the season.

For the 2013-14 season Valters moved to Turkey, signing with TED Ankara Kolejliler and guiding his team to Eurocup Quarterfinals. During the season Valters delivered some very impressive outings that included 26 points and 7 assists in a road win over Brose Baskets on January 29, 2014.[5] Valters capped season with a 31-point and 6 assists performance, shooting 9-10 from three in a win over Pınar Karşıyaka on 7 May 2014.[6]

On December 3, 2014 he signed with Türk Telekom.[7]

International career[edit]

He was a member of the Latvian national basketball team participating in four EuroBasket tournaments (2001, 2003, 2005 and 2009).

Personal[edit]

His father is a former Soviet basketball star, Valdis Valters, and his brother, Sandis Valters, plays professional basketball too.

References[edit]

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