Martynas Andriuškevičius

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Martynas Andriuškevičius
Martynas Andriuskevicius.jpg
No. 1 – S.C. Lusitânia
PositionCenter
LeagueLPB
Personal information
Born (1986-03-12) March 12, 1986 (age 32)
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
NationalityLithuanian
Listed height7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2005 / Round: 2 / Pick: 44th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Playing career2003–present
Career history
2002–2004Žalgiris-Arvydas Sabonis school
2004–2005Žalgiris Kaunas
2005–2006Cleveland Cavaliers
2005–2006Arkansas RimRockers
2006Dakota Wizards
2007–2011Lucentum Alicante
2011–2012PAOK
2012Neptūnas Klaipėda
2013SKS Starogard Gdański
2014–2015TEMP-SUMZ Revda
2016Helios Suns
2017–2018CB Prat
2018-presentS.C. Lusitânia
Career highlights and awards

Martynas Andriuškevičius (Lithuanian pronunciation: ​[mɐrʲˈtʲiːnɐs ɐnʲdʲrʲʊʃˈkʲæːvʲɪtɕʊs]; born March 12, 1986) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for S.C. Lusitânia of the LPB. 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.

Professional career[edit]

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.

Andriuškevičius was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 44th pick in the 2005 NBA draft. He was then traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, before being traded to the Chicago Bulls.

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.[1] Storey was suspended indefinitely.[2][3] Days later, Storey had his contract terminated, and he was dismissed from the league.[4] Andriuškevičius did not wish to pursue charges.[2][3][4]

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".[5] On April 6, head coach Scott Skiles, considered moving the player to the active roster, as he soon started practicing.[6] 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.[7]

In September 2011, he signed a one-year contract with PAOK in Greece.[8] On 11 January 2016, he signed with former Telemach League champions KK Helios Suns, on a two-year contract.

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Cleveland 6 0 1.5 .000 .000 .000 .7 .0 .3 .0 .0
Career 6 0 1.5 .000 .000 .000 .7 .0 .3 .0 .0

Lithuanian national team[edit]

At the 2010 FIBA World Championship, Andriuškevičius played with the senior men's the Lithuanian national basketball team, and with them he won a bronze medal.

Awards and achievements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2011-11-05.
  2. ^ a b One player suspended, another hospitalized after fight
  3. ^ a b Andriuskevicius recovering slowly after fight
  4. ^ a b NBDL player Storey dismissed for punching teammate
  5. ^ http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/cs-070312bullsbits,1,2713730.story?coll=cs-bulls-headlines
  6. ^ http://chicagosports.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/cs-070406bullsbits,1,5400710.story?coll=cs-bulls-headlines
  7. ^ Joventut rescinds Baxter contract, cuts Andriuskevicius – News – Welcome to ULEB Cup
  8. ^ PAOK BC lands Andriuskevicius

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