|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
LNB Pro A|
6 September 1986|
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|NBA draft||2008 / Undrafted|
|2003–2006||Žalgiris-Arvydas Sabonis school Kaunas|
|2012–2015||Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar|
|Career highlights and awards|
Mantas Kalnietis (born 6 September 1986) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for ASVEL of the French LNB Pro A. He is also a member of the Lithuanian national basketball team. He prefers the point guard position, but can play shooting guard as well.
Kalnietis helped Žalgiris win a Baltic League title in 2008, two Lithuanian League titles in 2007 and 2008 and two Lithuanian Cups in 2007 and 2008. He also led the team to a 2007 ULEB Summer League title, where he was named MVP.
Kalnietis had a breakout season in 2008–09, when he averaged 11.3 points in the Lithuanian League and 8.5 points and 3.0 assists in the EuroLeague. He scored a career-high 20 points in a loss against the Montepaschi Siena on 10 December 2008.
Kalnietis signed a three-year contract with the Benetton Treviso in June 2009. However, because he had another one-year contract with Žalgiris Kaunas, FIBA arbiter's decided that he belonged to Žalgiris. On 27 December 2010, he signed a three-year extension with his hometown club Žalgiris Kaunas. In October 2012, however, he announced that he's interested in playing abroad for the first time in Russia's Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar. On 5 October, he signed a three-year contract with the team. On 18 December 2013, Kalnietis was named Lithuania Basketball Player Of The Year. On 27 April 2015, he parted ways with Lokomotiv.
In July 2015, he joined the Indiana Pacers for the 2015 NBA Summer League. On 17 July 2015, he returned to Žalgiris Kaunas, signing a one-year contract. On 23 January 2016, he left Žalgiris and signed a 1.5-year contract with Olimpia Milano.
National team career
Kalnietis started at point guard for the Lithuanian national basketball team that finished seventh in the 2006 FIBA World Championship. He averaged 6.0 points and 2.8 assists. He also played at the 2010 FIBA World Championship, as a starter, and won a bronze medal. He played in seven games for Lithuania at the 2012 Summer Olympics, averaging 5.5 points. He led the Lithuanian national team during EuroBasket 2013 to silver medals, averaging 12.1 points and 5 assists per game (the tournament's assist leader). He missed the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup, due to a clavicular dislocation, but returned to the national team at EuroBasket 2015. During the same championship, on 7 September, versus the Belgian national team, he achieved the EuroBasket's all-time single-game record of 13 assists, only to be tied days later for the same record by Miloš Teodosić. The Lithuanian national team won their second straight silver medal in 2015, and Kalnietis was once again the tournament's assists leader, with an average of 7.8 assists per game. Furthermore, he dished out 70 assists in total, which is the all-time record of assists for a single EuroBasket. Kalnietis also remained assists leader in EuroBasket 2017, averaging 7.2 per game.
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- 2015 Indiana Pacers Orlando Pro Summer League Roster
- Zalgiris brings back Kalnietis
- EA7 bolsters backcourt with former champ Kalnietis
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