Birutis with Žalgiris-2 in 2015
|Born||August 27, 1997|
|Listed height||2.13 m (7 ft 0 in)|
|Listed weight||110 kg (243 lb)|
|2019-present||→ CBet Prienai|
|Career highlights and awards|
Birutis started his professional career when he signed with BC Žalgiris-2 in summer 2014. On January 5, 2016, in a match against BC Petrochema he made a National Basketball League record by rebounding 23 balls. Later, that season he won silver medals with Žalgiris-2, who lost the final game against BC Sūduva.
On 14 April 2017, after dominating in the second-tier National Basketball League with 17.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2 blocks averages per game, Birutis was invited to join the top-tier Lithuanian Basketball League playoffs team Vytautas Prienai–Birštonas. Birutis powerfully debuted on 15 April 2017 by scoring 17 points and grabbing 4 rebounds, but his team lost 92–89 after Justas Tamulis buzzer-beater. Two days later, he achieved his first 96–89 victory in LKL versus the Neptūnas Klaipėda, and he was second-best Vytautas' scorer with 19 points and 6 rebounds.
On 1 August 2017, Birutis joined his hometown team BC Šiauliai. During the 2018 Karaliaus Mindaugo taurė quarter-final versus the Lithuanian champions Žalgiris Kaunas, Birutis played his career-best game by scoring 35 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, dishing out 2 assists and blocking one shot, however his team lost 85–78. On 18 April 2018, Birutis entered his name into the 2018 NBA Draft. During his second LKL season, he led all three main statistical lines of his position in the league: 14,9 points, 7,3 rebounds and 1,3 blocks. After his astonishing season, Birutis has received the LKL Most Valuable Player Award. Moreover, with his help BC Šiauliai recovered from having the worst record in the league last season (6–30) and became a solid playoffs participant by finishing in the 5th place during the regular season (16–20). During the season closing ceremony he was also named as the best young player of LKL. It was announced at the end of the season that Birutis would return to Žalgiris for the 2018-2019 season.
National team career
Laurynas Birutis debuted for the Lithuania men's u-16 basketball team in the 2013 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship in Ukraine. He won bronze medals with Lithuania men's u-18 basketball team in the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. Birutis, together with his age teammates: Tadas Sedekerskis and Martynas Varnas, was invited to play in the FIBA's Youth All-Star Game during EuroBasket 2015. On February 26, 2018, Birutis debuted as a member of the Lithuania men's national basketball team by scoring 8 points and grabbing 6 rebounds, and helped to crush the Kosovo national basketball team 106–50 during the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification.
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