Mindaugas Kuzminskas

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Mindaugas Kuzminskas
Mindaugas Kuzminskas by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Kuzminskas with Lithuanian national team
No. 19 – Olimpia Milano
Position Small forward
League LBA
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1989-10-19) 19 October 1989 (age 28)
Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2011 / Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present
Career history
2006–2007 Sakalai Vilnius
2007–2008 Perlas Vilnius
2008–2010 Šiauliai
2010–2013 Žalgiris Kaunas
2013–2016 Unicaja Málaga
20162017 New York Knicks
2018–present Olimpia Milano
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Mindaugas Kuzminskas (born 19 October 1989) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Olimpia Milano of the Lega Basket Serie A (LBA) and the EuroLeague. He also represents the Lithuanian national team. Standing at 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in), he plays at the small forward position.

Professional career[edit]

Europe[edit]

Kuzminskas started his basketball career in 2006 with Sakalai Vilnius where he played for one season. For the 2007–08 season, he moved to Perlas VIlnius. In the summer of 2008, he signed with Šiauliai.

In September 2009, Kuzminskas signed with Žalgiris Kaunas, but he stayed one more season on loan with Šiauliai.[1] In 2010, he joined Žalgiris and stayed with the team for three seasons.

In June 2013, Kuzminskas signed a contract with the Spanish team Unicaja Málaga.[2] On 22 October 2015, Kuzminskas scored his EuroLeague career-high 23 points and led his team to triumph versus the Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C 93–82 in Tel Aviv.[3] Then on 13 November, Kuzminskas played his most efficient EuroLeague game of 30 PIR points (22 points (2FG: 6/7, 3FG: 3/5, FT: 1/1), 4 rebounds, 3 steals) and led Unicaja to another outstanding away-game victory, this time against CSKA Moscow, winning 86–78.[4][5][6] In 36 league games for Unicaja in 2015–16, he averaged 10.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

NBA[edit]

On 9 July 2016, Kuzminskas signed with the New York Knicks.[7][8][9] On 25 October 2016, he made his debut for the Knicks in their season opener, scoring seven points in nine minutes off the bench in a 117–88 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[10] On 12 January 2017, he scored a season-high 19 points in a 104–89 win over the Chicago Bulls.[11]

On 12 November 2017, Kuzminskas was waived by the Knicks to make room for the return of the suspended Joakim Noah.[12] He appeared in 68 games during his rookie season, but just one game to begin his second season.[13]

Return to Europe[edit]

On 1 January 2018, Kuzminskas signed with the Italian club Olimpia Milano.[14]

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  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

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.

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2010–11 Žalgiris 8 1 6.8 .357 .167 .667 1.0 .1 .3 .0 1.6 1.3
2011–12 12 0 8.4 .555 .143 .706 1.3 .2 .2 .0 2.8 2.8
2012–13 23 5 14.1 .527 .324 .829 3.1 .3 .5 .2 7.1 7.7
2013–14 Unicaja 24 16 14.2 .472 .314 .633 2.3 .5 .5 .3 6.3 5.6
2014–15 24 20 21.8 .450 .275 .813 4.5 1.5 .9 .4 10.0 12.5
2015–16 23 20 21.3 .486 .377 .827 3.4 1.0 .6 .3 12.0 11.6
2017–18 Olimpia 14 13 21.6 .474 .432 .795 2.4 1.4 .5 .6 10.9 9.6
Career 114 62 16.1 .479 .316 .783 3.0 .7 .6 .2 7.7 8.1

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 New York 68 5 14.9 .428 .321 .809 1.9 1.0 .4 .2 6.3
2017–18 New York 1 0 2.0 .000 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 69 5 14.8 .426 .321 .809 1.8 1.0 .4 .2 6.2

Personal life[edit]

Both of Kuzminskas' parents were professional athletes, his father, Vladas, played table tennis, while his mother, Zita, was a professional basketball player.[15] He also has an older brother, Saulius, who was also a professional basketball player between 1999 and 2015.[16] When Kuzminskas was 13 he visited Canada. During his trip to Canada, he toured the Toronto Raptors' arena[17] and went to Kretinga, a Lithuanian Youth Summer Camp in Wasaga Beach, Ontario.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zalgiris inks Kuzminskas". Sportando.com. 11 September 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Unicaja announce Mindaugas Kuzminskas". Eurobasket.com. 28 June 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rekordinio Mindaugo Kuzminsko vakaro atgarsiai: "Nesustabdomas. Užkariautojas. Žvaigždė"". 24sek.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 23 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "CSKA Moscow vs. Unicaja Malaga - Game". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Mindaugas Kuzminskas sužaidė geriausias karjeros Eurolygoje rungtynes". BasketNews.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 13 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Ispanija ekstazėje – su Kuzminsku nors ir į pasaulio kraštą". 24sek.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Knicks Sign Mindaugas Kuzminskas". NBA. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "M. Kuzminskas – jau oficialiai NBA žaidėjas: tapau "Knicks" šeimos nariu!" (in Lithuanian). Delfi. 9 July 2016. Retrieved 9 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Mindaugas Kuzminskas: apie atradimus Niujorke, Porzingio pagalbą ir muzikinius sugebėjimus". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  10. ^ "Knicks vs. Cavaliers – Box Score". ESPN.com. 25 October 2016. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  11. ^ "Knicks beat Bulls with big games from Anthony, Rose, Noah". ESPN.com. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "With Joakim Noah returning from suspension, Knicks waive Mindaugas Kuzminskas". ESPN.com. 12 November 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017. 
  13. ^ "New York Knicks waive forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas". NBA.com. 12 November 2017. Retrieved 12 November 2017. 
  14. ^ "Mindaugas Kuzminskas is coming to Milan". Olimpiamilano.com. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 1 January 2018. 
  15. ^ Vorkunov, Mike (30 January 2017). "Why Not EuroKnicks? For Struggling Team, Hope From Abroad". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 May 2017. 
  16. ^ "S.Kuzminskas pranešė apie karjeros pabaigą" (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 6 May 2015. 
  17. ^ "Instagram post by Mindaugas Kuzminskas • Jan 15, 2017 at 7:07pm UTC". Instagram. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 
  18. ^ "Lithuanian Youth Camp Kretinga / Kretingos Stovykla". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-09-27. 

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