Lekavičius with Žalgiris Kaunas in 2015
|No. 19 – Panathinaikos|
Greek Basket League|
March 30, 1994|
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||167 lb (76 kg)|
|NBA draft||2016 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Lukas Lekavičius (born March 30, 1994) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Panathinaikos of the Greek Basket League and the EuroLeague. He plays the point guard position. He was named to the LKL All-Tournament Team in 2017.
After spending his whole career in the Žalgiris Kaunas system, Lekavičius joined Panathinaikos, on a two-year contract, in 2017. He was personally chosen by the Panathinaikos head coach, Xavi Pascual, who had previously observed Lekavičius playing for a couple of years. Lekavičius chose the number 19 for his Panathinaikos jersey, which was previously used in the same club by Lithuanian players Robertas Javtokas, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Jonas Mačiulis and Lekavičius' former coach Šarūnas Jasikevičius.
Lekavičius had notable performances with the Lithuania youth national teams, winning two European silver medals, and the world bronze medal in 2013. In 2015, Lekavičius was included into the senior Lithuania men's national basketball team candidates list, by the team's head coach, Jonas Kazlauskas. He was also invited to the team's training camp, and he then made it onto the main national team that competed at the EuroBasket 2015, where he won a silver medal.
Lekavičius' has a couple of nicknames. His first nickname, Lightning McQueen (Žaibas Makvynas), was given to him by the Lithuanian TV broadcast commentator, and Lithuania national team staff representative, Linas Kunigėlis. His second nickname, Lithuanian Isaiah Thomas, was given to him by the Lithuanian sports media, because of his similarities to Isaiah Thomas' (Thomas' height is 5'9", and Lekavičius' height is 6'0". They are both left-handed, and at one time, both of their club team's main colors were green and white).
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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.
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- "Kas greitesnis: Lukas Lekavičius ar Žaibas Makvynas? Reikėtų padaryti lenktynes!". TV3.lt. Retrieved 1 September 2015.