March 12, 1986 |
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44th overall|
|Selected by the Orlando Magic|
|2002–2004||Žalgiris-Arvydas Sabonis school|
|2013||SKS Starogard Gdański|
|Career highlights and awards|
Martynas Andriuškevičius (Lithuanian pronunciation: [mɐrʲˈtʲiːnɐs ɐnʲdʲrʲʊʃˈkʲæːvʲɪt͡ʃʊs]; born March 12, 1986, in Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player. He is a 2.18 m (7 ft. 2 in.) tall and 113 kg (250 lb.) center. Andriuškevičius has noted perimeter skill for a player of his size, and has trained with former NBA center Arvydas Sabonis.
When he was young, Andriuškevičius was an intriguing prospect because of his height. He developed through the youth academies at Žalgiris Kaunas, where he was tabbed as one of the top young players in the game. He played in 15 Euroleague games for the club during the 2004–05 season, and was originally projected to be one of the top picks in the 2005 NBA draft, but a disappointing season in Europe, and an apparent lack of improvement, sent his draft stock spiraling down. That season, he averaged 1.5 points and 1.1 rebounds per game, in 8.7 minutes played per game in the Euroleague.
On August 18, 2006, Andriuškevičius was traded by the Cavaliers to the Chicago Bulls, for swingman Eddie Basden. On December 21, as a member of the NBA Development League's Dakota Wizards, Andriuškevičius sustained a serious head injury, when he was punched by teammate Awvee Storey, in an attack during practice in Bismarck, North Dakota. The center suffered a fractured skull, a severe concussion, and a two-centimeter hematoma (bruise) on the left side of his brain. Doctors initially thought it would be months before he could speak, but he was able to regain speech within a month, and stated his desire to play basketball within a year. Storey was suspended indefinitely. Days later, Storey had his contract terminated, and he was dismissed from the league. Andriuškevičius did not wish to pursue charges.
On March 12, 2007, Chicago Bulls doctor's cleared Andriuškevičius to participate in contact practices. The Chicago Tribune said it was, "a remarkable recovery from the serious brain injury". On April 6, head coach Scott Skiles, considered moving the player to the active roster, as he soon started practicing. However, Andriuškevičius never logged a regular season appearance for the Bulls.
On August 11, 2007, Andriuškevičius' agent announced that he would play with Joventut Badalona, and he signed with the team five days later, but his contract with the team was cancelled shortly after.
NBA career statistics
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Lithuanian national team
Awards and achievements
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
- One player suspended, another hospitalized after fight
- Andriuskevicius recovering slowly after fight
- NBDL player Storey dismissed for punching teammate
- Joventut rescinds Baxter contract, cuts Andriuskevicius – News – Welcome to ULEB Cup
- PAOK BC lands Andriuskevicius
- Career statistics and player information from NBA.com
- Martynas Andriuskevicius at Basketball-Reference.com
- FIBA.com Profile
- Eurobasket.com Profile
- Euroleague.net profile
- ACB.com Profile (in Spanish)
- Profile at official 2005 NBA Draft site
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