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Neptūnas Klaipėda
Neptūnas Klaipėda logo
Leagues LKL
Champions League
Founded 1964
History Klaipėdos Neptūnas'
1964–present
Arena Švyturio Arena
Arena Capacity 6,000
Location Klaipėda, Lithuania
Team colors Blue and white
         
President Valentinas Greičiūnas
Team manager Osvaldas Kurauskas
Head coach Dainius Adomaitis
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Retired numbers 2 (7, 11)
Website bcneptunas.lt
Uniforms
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BC Neptūnas (Lithuanian: Krepšinio klubas Neptūnas) is a basketball club from Klaipėda, Lithuania participating in the Lithuanian Basketball League and internationally in the Champions League. It was founded in 1962 under the name BC Maistas (English: Food) and in 1964, BC Maistas's name was changed to BC Neptūnas. The club carries the name of the Roman sea god Neptune. Neptūnas participated in the 2014–15 Euroleague season and is only the third Lithuanian club to participate in the premier European basketball league, after Žalgiris and Lietuvos rytas.

History[edit]

First steps (1964–1993)[edit]

In 1966 Neptūnas won the Žalgiris friendship championship and next year with the same roster became runners-up.

Since 1970 there have been many changes in the team: coaches and players left the team and were replaced with new team members, so the team didn't achieve better results. In 1975 Klaipėda's community decided to change the team from its foundations based on people from Klaipėda and the Samogitia region, who also finished studies in the cities of Vilnius and Kaunas. There were young and prospective players, whose energy helped to reach better results in a period of two years, including 3rd place in Lithuanian Spartakiada; in 1981 and 1982 they became runners-up of newspaper Sport's championship, and also in 1983 they became champions of the Soviet Union Professional Union championship.[1]

Difficult start in the LKL (1993–1998)[edit]

BC Neptūnas classic logo

The Lithuanian Basketball Association was founded in 1993, when eight of the strongest Lithuanian basketball clubs' officials met with the representatives of the Šarūnas Marčiulionis basketball fund. Neptūnas was among that eight. This association would soon announce their basketball league that would start in the upcoming fall.[2]

During the founding 1993–1994 LKL season, Neptūnas finished last, reaching only 4 victories per 36 games, despite the tireless efforts shown by Gintautas Bendžius, who averaged almost 20 points per game and was the third best scorer in the whole league.[3] In the following season Neptūnas slightly improved, reaching 10 victories and suffering 30 defeats, with the help of a 21-year-old native Eurelijus Žukauskas, who quickly started becoming the star of the team and later was even nicknamed the "Lithuanian king of blocks".[4][5]

In the 1995–1996 LKL season, Neptūnas progressed even further. With Svajūnas Airošius, Aloyzas Vasiliūnas, and Artūras Jakubauskas averaging double-digits in points and Eurelijus Žukauskas often adding solid double-doubles, the team qualified into the LKL playoffs for the first time with 17 victories as the 7th seed.[6] But they were eliminated by the Lithuanian powerhouse Žalgiris Kaunas 0–2, after failing to guard the Lithuanian star and Olympic champion Rimas Kurtinaitis, who averaged 25.5 points over these games.[7][8]

Neptūnas continued to show progress in the 1996–1997 season, qualifying for the LKL playoffs again by accomplishing a solid 19-17 record, the first with over 50% victories ratio in the club's LKL history.[9] Despite losing the first series game versus BC Šiauliai 80–69, on April 4, 1997, Neptūnas achieved their first-ever victory in the LKL playoffs in a dominating fashion 88–60.[10][11] Yet after Šiauliai's 88–73 revenge two days later, the series was lost 1–2.[12] It was the last game for Eurelijus Žukauskas in a Neptūnas jersey, who, after averaging 15.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.1 blocks, joined Žalgiris and soon became a Euroleague champion and a multiple medalist with the Lithuania men's national basketball team. Another Neptūnas leader Artūras Jakubauskas left the team as well.

Following the loss of two long-term leaders, the team failed to compete with the same form during the 1997–1998 LKL season. Neptūnas finished as the 8th seed during the regular season with a 6–12 record, but after an unsuccessful second round they finished just 9th among 10 teams.[13] The only consolation of the season was notable progress demonstrated by an 18-year-old Arvydas Macijauskas, who would later become one of the primary faces of Lithuanian basketball.[14]

Participation in the Korać Cup (1998–2000)[edit]

The 1998–1999 season was remarkably different as on October 6, 1998, Neptūnas debuted in the FIBA Korać Cup, their first European tournament during a game versus the Espoon Honka, which they lost 93–73.[15] But afterwards the team, led by Svajūnas Airošius, Arūnas Seferis and Arvydas Macijauskas, finished with a 4–2 record, claimed the second place in the group and advanced into the sixteenth-finals. They were stopped at that stage by Darüşşafaka, losing the series 0–2.[16] Neptūnas also returned to the LKL playoffs that season after finishing 5th during the regular season. They were eliminated by BC Šiauliai yet again, this time 1–2.[17] After the season, Arvydas Macijauskas signed with the Lietuvos rytas Vilnius.

During the 1999–2000 FIBA Korać Cup season, Neptūnas had less fortune than in the previous year. They were drawn into the group H, finished with just a 1–5 record, and after taking the 3rd spot in the group did not advance further.[18] In the LKL, Neptūnas finished 8th and failed to challenge Žalgiris Kaunas in the first round of LKL playoffs, losing the series 0–2 with an average of 30 points difference.[19]

Tomas Delininkaitis, a two-time medalist with the Lithuania national team, started his career in Neptūnas.

First sparks in the LKL playoffs (2000–2012)[edit]

Future team's captain Martynas Mažeika debuted with a Neptūnas jersey in 2000.

After the 1999–2000 season, Neptūnas became a constant LKL playoffs participant, though at first they were unable to overcome the quarter-finals barrier. During the 2000–2001 LKL season, Neptūnas, led by one of the LKL's best scorer and playmaker Vidas Ginevičius (19.59 points, 4.32 assists per game), finished in a desired 3rd seed during the regular season, but was shockingly eliminated 0–2 by the Alita Alytus in the quarter-final.[20] During the following 2001–2002 LKL season, Neptūnas triumphed just 10 times per 32 games, but that was enough to qualify for the LKL playoffs as the 8th seed, although they were quickly wiped out 0–2 by an uprising Lithuanian powerhouse Lietuvos rytas Vilnius, led by young and hungry Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Robertas Javtokas, Simas Jasaitis, Rimantas Kaukėnas and a former Neptūnas player Arvydas Macijauskas.[21][22] The 2002–2003 LKL season was only slightly different; this time the Neptūnas squad finished 6th in the regular season, but yet again was smashed 0–2 in the quarter-final by BC Šiauliai, in spite of all of Tomas Delininkaitis's efforts.[23] Next season Neptūnas reached the all-time bottom by winning just 6 times per 36 games and finishing last in the league (10th).[24]

Antonio Grant, leader of the team during the 2004–2005 season

The 2004–2005 season was a bit more positive page in the club's history. During it, Neptūnas finished 4th during the regular LKL season and advanced to the TOP 5 teams of the league group, however Neptūnas was once again eliminated by BC Šiauliai in the knockout stage 1–2 and finished 5th in the final rankings.[25] During the 2005 LKL All-Star Day, Petras Šalvis won the club's third LKL Three-point Shootout title.[26] The team also participated in the Baltic Basketball League Elite Division for the first time as well, finishing 5th.[27] Neptūnas slightly regressed again in the following 2005–2006 season, finishing 6th during the regular LKL season and, as previously, lost the first round of the LKL playoffs to BC Šiauliai 0–2 and finished only 10th in the BBL, with the only consolations being the club's fourth LKL Three-point Shootout title captured by Marius Kasiulevičius and the club's first-ever LKL Slam Dunk Contest champion title by Antonio Grant.[28][29]

In the 2006–2007 season, Neptūnas finished 3rd during the regular LKL season for the second time in the club's history. Furthermore, they also finally sailed through the quarter-final stage of the LKL playoffs by overcoming the Nevėžis Kėdainiai 2–0. But Neptūnas' journey was again stopped by Lietuvos rytas at semi-finals 0–2, and Neptūnas qualified for their first historical LKL bronze final. The aspiration for the first-ever LKL medal was crushed by gallingly losing the series 0–3 to BC Šiauliai, with two home games being lost by just three and two points.[30] In BBL, the team finished 2 places lower than in the previous season (12th).[31]

Before the 2007–2008 season, Neptūnas signed with 19-year-old Deividas Gailius, who would soon lead Neptūnas during some of the club's most historic moments. However that season the team did not have much luck on the court. They ended up 5th during the regular LKL season and were once more eliminated in the quarter-final, this time by BC Alytus 1–2.[32] The first series game, which could have made the series completely opposite, was dramatically lost by just three points in Alytus.[33] Moreover, Neptūnas disappointingly finished only 16th in the BBL Elite Division. This was the club's worst and the last appearance in the elite division of the league.

The first part of the 2008–2009 LKL season finished almost identically when the club finished as the 5th seed, however the playoffs were drastically different.[34] Neptūnas overcame the LKL quarter-final for the second time in history, beating Nevėžis 2–1. And after losing the semi-final to Žalgiris 0–2, Neptūnas returned to the bronze final for another try where they yet again faced a long-term rival BC Šiauliai. Despite the militant efforts and the thirst for a long-awaited revenge, the series was lost 2–3 following another dramatic defeat of 73–80 in Šiauliai, with Valdas Vasylius and Arvydas Eitutavičius scoring more than half of the team's points (45).[35]

In the 2009–2010 LKL season, Neptūnas, led by a future team's manager Osvaldas Kurauskas, clinched the 5th spot during the regular season for a third straight year and was eliminated by the Juventus Utena 0–2 in the quarter-final.[36] The 2010–2011 LKL regular season achieved just one less victory than the previous season, however this resulted in finishing only 8th and facing off the upcoming champions Žalgiris Kaunas in the first round of the playoffs.[37] Regardless of being smashed 61–96 in Kaunas during the first series encounter, the team, led by a captain Martynas Mažeika, mightily fought in their home arena, this time losing only 82–88.[38][39] Nevertheless, with the Švyturys Arena being built in the city, the historical victories and achievements were yet to come.

Historical victories and achievements (2012–present)[edit]

2012–13 season: VTB United League debut[edit]

"It is sweet. Especially because of the way we achieved it. We were a young, talented, ambitious, but inconsistent team. Prienai ruined our feast in Klaipėda, so now we ruined their feast in Prienai. Prienai kindled hell at home, but we haven't heard it. We were pumped for basketball and it did not affect us."

Kazys Maksvytis, following the club's first triumph in the LKL bronze final.[40]

2012 was a memorable year for Neptūnas as they were invited to VTB United League, despite the fact that they only took 6th place in LKL the previous season.[41] Club director Osvaldas Kurauskas said that they're not going to be group outsiders and that they will raise the club's budget for the next season.[42] Neptūnas debuted in VTB United League on October 7, 2012 against CSKA Moscow. Despite a powerful opponent Neptūnas won two quarters by one point (23–22, 14–13), however it wasn't enough to win the game as Neptūnas lost 72–83.[43] After the season in the VTB United League, they were last in the group, however they were invited to continue playing in this league for another season. Despite poor results in the VTB League, where they finished with a dismal 3–15 record, Neptūnas recovered in the LKL, thanks to very solid play from leader Deividas Gailius, finishing 3rd and winning the bronze medals for the first time in club history, in a competitive series against BC Prienai, winning 3–2.[44]

2013–14 season: First time LKL finalists[edit]

"Now we are loading our suitcases and are going back to Klaipėda, but not quietly, we are going there with a cup and raised heads. I think the fans were satisfied with the final series. <...> I hope that Klaipėda's team will climb higher step by step. <...> I think we can play in the Euroleague."

Kazys Maksvytis, after losing the club's first LKL final series 2–4.[45]

The 2013-14 season was not less memorable for Neptūnas. During the regular season, Neptūnas defeated LKL champion and constant Euroleague participant Žalgiris Kaunas several times, with the results 81–73 at Švyturys Arena[46] and 79–88 at Žalgiris Arena.[47] In the regular LKL season Neptūnas took third place and met Šiauliai in the quarter-finals, who they eliminated with a series result of 2-1. Neptūnas also won the semi-finals against Prienai TonyBet with a result of 2-0 and qualified to the LKL finals for the first time in club history.[48] In the finals Neptūnas met previously defeated Žalgiris. Despite two former victories during the regular season, basketball experts were widely skeptical that Neptūnas could win any games there.[49] Nevertheless, the militant Neptūnas showed that they can fight against Žalgiris and won their first LKL final series game with a 71–59 score in crammed Švyturys Arena,[50] however then Neptūnas lost three games to Žalgiris and almost lost all the chances of winning the series.[51][52][53] In spite of that, Neptūnas did not give up and won the fifth series game with a score of 87–86,[54] however they failed to do that again in the sixth series game and after being crushed 90–70, lost the LKL final series with a result of 4–2.[55] Despite a sufficiently successful LKL season, Neptūnas had tough times in international competitions. In the second-tier European league Eurocup Neptūnas won four games out of ten and after taking fifth place of sixth in the group did not qualify into the second stage. Neptūnas also participated in VTB United League, however there, after winning five of eighteen games, Neptūnas did not qualify into the playoffs and took eighth place out of ten in the group. Following the best LKL season in club history, on June 25, 2014 Neptūnas was invited to join the prestigious Euroleague as an LKL vice-champion for the 2014-15 season.[56]

2014–15 season: Euroleague debut[edit]

Since 2011 Neptūnas has played in one of Lithuania's finest arenas.
Mustafa Shakur, one of Neptūnas's leaders in the 2014–15 season

Before their debut in the Euroleague, Neptūnas recalled former team leader Deividas Gailius. Multiple LKL champion Donatas Zavackas and UBL champion Michailas Anisimovas were signed as well. However, Anisimovas left the team shortly afterward without debuting in the Euroleague due to the military crisis in Ukraine. On October 15, 2014, Neptūnas played their first Euroleague game against the Laboral Kutxa, which they lost 69–88 despite playing more than two quarters point-to-point.[57] On October 23, 2014, Neptūnas achieved the club's first Euroleague victory against KK Crvena zvezda with a score of 83–81 after the Valdas Vasylius winning shot 3 seconds away from over-time.[58] This was the first Euroleague game played in the Neptūnas home-court. On October 31, 2014, Neptūnas lost their third Euroleague game only after OT 81–85 against one of the strongest tournament teams, Olympiacos Piraeus, two times Euroleague champion over the past three years.[59] Despite being competitive and cherishing a chance of qualifying for the TOP16 stage, Neptūnas failed to accomplish this in their debut Euroleague season, winning 4 games of 10 total and taking 5th place in the group. It was just one step from the TOP16's qualifier Galatasaray, who also finished with a 4-10 record. As a result, Neptūnas was transferred to the Eurocup Last 32 stage. The Eurocup was just a terrible place for Neptūnas. There they won only once against Paris-Levallois Basket, suffered five defeats and took last place in the group. A promising season in international competitions was finished painfully.

On February 20–22, Neptūnas participated in the 2015 LKF Cup. They surprisingly lost the quarter-finals game to Šiauliai 71–73 and ended the appearance in competition early.[60]

Neptūnas recovered in the LKL, playing very solidly, even splitting the season series with Žalgiris. They defeated the Lithuanian powerhouse twice in two weeks: 67–65 in Klaipeda[61] and 90–86 in Kaunas.[62] Deividas Gailius led Neptūnas during these two games. But they took only the third spot during the regular season due to the unfavorable results versus Lietuvos rytas. Neptūnas defeated Dzūkija with the series result of 3–1, losing only once in Alytus 56–65.[63] The semi-finals began unsuccessfully for the team versus Lietuvos rytas. Despite holding up close to the opponents the whole game, Neptūnas lost during the final minutes 88–79 in Vilnius.[64] But Neptūnas, led by Deividas Gailius (22 points) and Arnas Butkevičius (20 points), successfully got revenge in Klaipėda, overcoming Rytas 107–101 after OT.[65] The semi-final series was tied at 1–1. But Neptūnas lost another thriller 96–89 two days later in Vilnius and ended up on the edge of the precipice.[66] Furthermore, primary Neptūnas center Simas Galdikas suffered a painful leg injury, after stepping on Kšyštof Lavrinovič's feet.[67] Despite that, the team's coach Kazys Maksvytis said that "we will meet in Vilnius again".[68] This promise did not came true following the 87–92 loss at home.[69] Neptūnas lost the semi-final series 3–1 to Lietuvos rytas. And then Neptūnas suffered the biggest fiasco of the season. They shockingly lost to Juventus in the LKL bronze medals series 2–3, including an embarrassing defeat in the decisive game 69–84 in the home arena.[70]

Neptūnas had the highest attendance rate in all of LKL during this season (3022 spectators per game).[71]

2015–16 season: Second Eurocup season[edit]

Following the lost LKL semi-final and the bronze final last season, Neptūnas did not automatically qualify into the Eurocup. But on June 29, 2015, they received the wild card to the tournament.[72] For the first time in history, three Lithuanian basketball clubs were invited to participate in the second-tier European league. Krasta Auto (authorized BMW dealer in Lithuania) became one of the club sponsors, giving brand-new cars for the club members.[73]

Daniel Ewing, star of the team during the 2015-16 season

Neptūnas began the summer by losing former leader Deividas Gailius, who signed with Lietuvos rytas Vilnius.[74] Gailius was replaced with one of the last season Juventus leaders Arvydas Šikšnius.[75] Furthermore, former Juventus head coach Dainius Adomaitis signed a two-year deal with Neptūnas as well. Past Lithuania men's national basketball team head coach Kęstutis Kemzūra, Olympic champion Valdemaras Chomičius, Lithuania national team head coach assistant Darius Maskoliūnas and Gediminas Petrauskas were other solid candidates to replace Kazys Maksvytis.[76] Neptūnas captain Martynas Mažeika signed a new two-year contract with the club.[77] It was his 11th season at Neptūnas. Vytautas Šarakauskas and Simas Galdikas stayed with Neptūnas as well, both signing two-year contracts with the club.[78][79] One of BK Ventspils's leaders Jerai Grant became the club's first foreigner in the summer of 2015.[80] University of Rhode Island graduate Gilvydas Biruta, who represented the Denver Nuggets during the 2015 NBA Summer League, also joined BC Neptūnas.[81] Three times Polish league champion and experienced Euroleague player Daniel Ewing became Neptūnas' main point guard on August 15, 2015.[82] Neptūnas also signed multiple NCAA three-pointers records holder Travis Bader to strengthen the shooting guard position.[83]

On October 14, 2015 the new 2015–16 Eurocup season began with a loss to the powerful Galatasaray S.K. squad 90–94 in Klaipėda.[84] The second game versus the Hapoel Jerusalem B.C. wasn't successful either, losing it 74–59. But afterwards the team began showing a very solid form. They won 6 of 7 games, including the noteworthy away games victories versus the BC Nizhny Novgorod 78–82 and Galatasaray S.K. 76–82, both of them being Euroleague TOP16 participants last season. During the last match of the regular season versus the AEK B.C., Neptūnas was even able to guarantee the first place in the group, but after dissipating a 16-point advantage in the third quarter, lost it 75–71 and finished second.[85] Just before the start of the Eurocup's Last 32 stage, Trent Plaisted replaced Simas Galdikas.[86] Despite a very successful first stage, the Last 32 phase began with a desperate loss to Aris B.C. 84–58 in Thessaloniki.[87] However, the team then created a feast in Klaipėda, defeating Alba Berlin 73–65.[88] Following it, Neptūnas suffered two close defeats to the Italian powerhouse EA7 Emporio Armani Milan (79–71 in Milan and 73–74 in Klaipėda).[89][90] The pleasant 72–68 rematch with Aris B.C. left the Neptūnas hopes for the playoffs alive, though it vanished after losing to Alba 62–76 in Berlin and finishing with a 2–4 record in the second round.[91][92]

"It's been a very long journey but what we accomplished was great. Salute to ALL the fans and people of Klaipėda, thank you very much for your support and generosity! Special thanks to my teammates, none of this was possible without the commitment we had for each other. Thanks to the coaching staff and organization for the opportunity to wear the jersey of NEP-TŪ-NAS. And if our paths never cross again, I'd like to say it's been a pleasure."

Daniel Ewing.[93]

On 19–21 February, Neptūnas competed in the newly formed Karaliaus Mindaugo taurė tournament. The team easily overcame BC Šiauliai 96–58 at the quarter-final, but was powerfully stopped at the semi-final by the upcoming champions Lietuvos rytas Vilnius 97–79.[94][95] Still, they rehabilitated by winning the club's first Lithuanian Cup bronze medals after crushing Vytautas Prienai-Birštonas 88–51.[96] Shortly after the competition, Gilvydas Biruta was replaced with Angus Brandt.[97][98]

In LKL, Neptūnas finished the regular season with a third seed and a 19–17 record. Švyturys Arena had the most spectators in the LKL for a second straight season, this time with 3474 per game.[99] In the quarter-final, Neptūnas eliminated BC Šiauliai 3–1.[100] The semi-final series versus Lietuvos rytas Vilnius was one of the most dramatic in the league's history.[101] Neptūnas began it by shocking Rytas in their home arena with an 83–71 victory.[102] Afterwards, the team also secured their home court in Game 2, winning 70–68.[103] The fate of the historic series was to be determined in Game 5, following two dramatic Rytas victories: 66–64 and 74–73.[104][105] During Game 5, Daniel Ewing led Neptūnas to another stunning upset of the Lithuanian powerhouse 73–72, surprisingly won the intense series 3–2, and advanced into the LKL final just for a second time in club history.[106] The final series was begun with an 83–72 loss to Žalgiris Kaunas.[107] Just three days later, Neptūnas by surprise swept Žalgiris 76–54 to tie the series 1–1.[108] In spite of that, later Neptūnas failed to compete in the series, losing the next three games by an average of 25 points and the series 1–4.[109]

2016–17 season: Basketball Champions League[edit]

On October 21, 2016, Neptūnas decided to choose Basketball Champions League instead of the Eurocup.[110] On July 10, Neptūnas resigned with the efficient center Jerai Grant for another season.[111] On July 27, Larry Drew II, son of the prominent NBA player and coach Larry Drew, joined the team to replace Daniel Ewing who left the team.[112] On August 4, former Lithuania men's national basketball team member Tadas Klimavičius signed a two-seasons deal with the club.[113] On August 10, Matas Jucikas signed a long-term (three-seasons) deal.[114] On August 24, Mindaugas Kačinas was invited for a trial period.[115] On August 26, Jimmy Baron became the last addition to the team's roster before the beginning of the season.[116] On November 3, the front line was strengthened with Omari Johnson.[117]

On October 19, Neptūnas started the 2016–17 Basketball Champions League season with a close 67–65 away victory over Uşak Sportif.[118] Neptūnas ended up as the second team in the group, with a 10-4 record and a first round playoff bye. In January, Tadas Klimavičius left after terminating his contract and signed with BC Vytautas. While the Klimavičius departure wasn't as significant, team star and leader Jimmy Baron signed with BC Lietuvos rytas in February, shocking both the team itself, and the fans. On February 10, just one day after Baron's departure, the team released Drew and Johnson, after reported discipline violations. Club director, and longtime former player Osvaldas Kurauskas was fired as well. The departures affected the team, who were easily defeated in the first round of the King Mindaugas Cup by BC Žalgiris 58:81. However, by the end of February, good news struck the team - Daniel Ewing returned to Neptūnas from Israel, replacing Larry Drew at the point guard position, and Neptūnas also signed Chris Lofton to a deal, to replace Jimmy Baron.

Players[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

On May 22, 2014 Neptūnas retired their first two numbers:[119]

Neptūnas Klaipėda retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure Ceremony date
11 Lithuania Eurelijus Žukauskas C 1994–1997 5/22/2014
7 Lithuania Arvydas Macijauskas SG 1997–1999 5/22/2014

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

BC Neptūnas roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SF 6 Lithuania Šikšnius, Arvydas 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 29 – (1987-10-10)10 October 1987
G 7 Lithuania Mažeika, Martynas (C) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 32 – (1985-01-29)29 January 1985
PG 8 Lithuania Girdžiūnas, Mindaugas 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 28 – (1989-01-20)20 January 1989
F/C 15 Lithuania Šarakauskas, Vytautas 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 108 kg (238 lb) 35 – (1982-02-08)8 February 1982
PF 21 Lithuania Mikalauskas, Arūnas 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 19 – (1997-09-14)14 September 1997
PF 23 Lithuania Kačinas, Mindaugas 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 23 – (1993-06-30)30 June 1993
C 25 Lithuania Jucikas, Matas 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 23 – (1994-02-10)10 February 1994
PG 30 Lithuania Beliauskas, Laurynas 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 78 kg (172 lb) 20 – (1997-03-02)2 March 1997
PF 45 United States Grant, Jerai 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 28 – (1989-01-10)10 January 1989
SF 51 Lithuania Butkevičius, Arnas 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 93 kg (205 lb) 24 – (1992-10-22)22 October 1992
G United States Ewing, Daniel 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 33 – (1983-03-26)26 March 1983
G United States Lofton, Chris 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 30 – (1986-03-27)27 March 1986
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Athletic trainer(s)
Physiotherapist(s)
Team manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: February 9, 2017


Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Reserve
C Jerai Grant Matas Jucikas
PF Vytautas Šarakauskas Arūnas Mikalauskas |
SF Mindaugas Kačinas Arvydas Šikšnius Arnas Butkevičius |
SG Martynas Mažeika Chris Lofton
PG Daniel Ewing Mindaugas Girdžiūnas Laurynas Beliauskas

Squad changes for the 2016/17 season[edit]

In[edit]

No. Position Player


10 United States PG Larry Drew II (from Sioux Falls Skyforce)
11 Lithuania PF Tadas Klimavičius (from Telekom Baskets Bonn)
25 Lithuania C Matas Jucikas (from BC Palanga)
11 Lithuania PF Mindaugas Kačinas (from South Carolina Gamecocks)
15 United States G Jimmy Baron (from Spirou Charleroi)
United States G Daniel Ewing (from Maccabi Ashdod B.C.)
United States G Chris Lofton (from)

Out[edit]

No. Position Player


21 Lithuania C Simas Galdikas (to BC Lietkabelis)
44 United States C Trent Plaisted (to Phoenix Hagen)
3 United States PG Daniel Ewing (to Maccabi Ashdod B.C.)
13 United States SG Travis Bader (to)
11 Lithuania PF Tadas Klimavičius (to BC Vytautas)
20 United States G Jimmy Baron (to BC Lietuvos rytas)
24 Jamaica PF Omari Johnson (to)
19 United States PG Larry Drew II (to)

Out on loan[edit]

No. Position Player


14 Lithuania SG Raidas Nacius (to BC Nafta-Universitetas)
8 Lithuania SG Matas Andruškevičius (to BC Nafta-Universitetas)
25 Lithuania SF Arūnas Mikalauskas (to BC Nafta-Universitetas)

Club achievements[edit]

Season League Pos. Significant Events Regional competitions Pos. LKF Cup
KMT Cup
European competitions
1993–94 LKL 10
1994–95 LKL 10
1995–96 LKL 7 Quarter-finalist
1996–97 LKL 5 Quarter-finalist
1997–98 LKL 9
1998–99 LKL 8 Quarter-finalist 3 Korać Cup R32
1999–00 LKL 8 Quarter-finalist 3 Korać Cup GS
2000–01 LKL 5 Quarter-finalist
2001–02 LKL 8 Quarter-finalist
2002–03 LKL 6 Quarter-finalist
2003–04 LKL 10 4 FIBA Europe Cup QF
2004–05 LKL 5 Quarter-finalist BBL Elite Division 5
2005–06 LKL 6 Quarter-finalist BBL Elite Division 10
2006–07 LKL 4 Semi-finalist BBL Elite Division 12
2007–08 LKL 5 Quarter-finalist BBL Elite Division 16 Fourth qualified
2008–09 LKL 4 Semi-finalist BBL Challenge Cup 6 Eighth finalist
2009–10 LKL 5 Quarter-finalist BBL Challenge Cup 4 Quarter-finalist
2010–11 LKL 8 Quarter-finalist BBL Challenge Cup 4 Fourth qualified
2011–12 LKL 6 Quarter-finalist BBL Challenge Cup 6 Second round
2012–13 LKL 3 Bronze medal VTB League 10 Fifth round
2013–14 LKL 2 Runner-up VTB League 8 Fifth round 2 Eurocup RS
2014–15 LKL 4 Semi-finalist Fifth round 1 Euroleague
2 Eurocup
RS
R32
2015–16 LKL 3 Runner-up Bronze medal 2 Eurocup R32

LKL playoffs[edit]

Notable players[edit]

To appear in this section a player must be either:

  • A player who has played at least 3 seasons (if foreign player) or 5 seasons (if Lithuanian player) for the club.
  • A player who has won an individual award.
  • A Lithuanian player who has played for the Lithuanian national basketball team.
  • A foreign international player who has significantly contributed into the results of the club.
  • A Lithuanian player who has significantly contributed into the results of the club.

Former coaches[edit]

Team management[edit]

Board president

Flag of Lithuania.svg Eugenijus Gentvilas

Board members

Flag of Lithuania.svg Rimantas Taraškevičius Flag of Lithuania.svg Arnoldas Šileika Flag of Lithuania.svg Antanas Gricius Flag of Lithuania.svg Edmondas Dargis Flag of Lithuania.svg Valentinas Greičiũnas Flag of Lithuania.svg Jonas Dumašius Flag of Lithuania.svg Algimantas Pavilionis

Club director

Flag of Lithuania.svg Osvaldas Kurauskas

Statistical leaders[edit]

All time points per game in all tournaments (PPG)[edit]

Position Player Seasons Games Points total Points per game
1
Martynas Mažeika
10
371
4561
12.29
2
Valdas Vasylius
4
217
2581
11.89
3
Deividas Gailius
4
192
2372
12.35
4
Vaidotas Pridotkas
8
253
2077
8.21
5
Svajūnas Airošius
5
167
1972
9.68
6
Simas Galdikas
5
249
1894
7.6
7
Artūras Jakubauskas
3
112
1830
16.34
8
Audrius Mineikis
7
181
1752
11.80
9
Eurelijus Žukauskas
4
146
1629
11.16
10
Marius Runkauskas
4
154
1507
9.79

Youth academy[edit]

Neptūnas closely works with V. Knašius Basketball School as a ladder for youth to professional basketball. Players such as Arvydas Macijauskas, Eurelijus Žukauskas, Tomas Delininkaitis, and many players of the current Neptūnas roster attended V. Knašius Basketball School. One current player of V. Knašius Basketball School, Laurynas Beliauskas, already plays for the Neptūnas' main team.[121]

Video game[edit]

Neptūnas basketball club was featured in the NBA 2K16 video game.[122][123]

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