|No. 13 – Žalgiris Kaunas|
|League||Lithuanian Basketball League
April 29, 1984 |
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 8.75 in (2.05 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Paulius Jankūnas (born April 29, 1984) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League. He is also a member of the Lithuanian national team. He plays either forward position.
Jankūnas played two seasons with the LKKA-Žalgiris and led them to a LKAL (Lithuanian League 2nd Division) title in 2003 and was named the MVP after averaging 20.0 points, 12.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
Jankūnas made his pro debut with the Žalgiris in the 2003-04 season. When asked about playing with European basketball legend Arvydas Sabonis in his rookie season, Jankūnas responded: "No doubt it was the most remarkable season. It was fantastic to play with Arvydas Sabonis. I was very young and it was very exciting. In the beginning, I was little bit afraid and uncomfortable, but later things got easy and I learned a lot from him. When I was a kid, I used to watch him playing on TV and never dared to dream that I would be playing with Arvydas Sabonis. One day I woke up and Sabonis was my teammate. It was great. He had huge experience and gave a lot of advice to me. It was big honor to play with him and I hope I learned something from Sabonis."
He was originally an early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA Draft before withdrawing his name from consideration.
Jankūnas helped Žalgiris win three Baltic League titles in 2005, 2008, and 2011, six Lithuanian League titles in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 and four Lithuanian Cups in 2007 and 2008, 2011 and 2012.
He averaged 13.8 points and 8.0 rebounds in the 2008-09 Euroleague season and scored a season-high 23 points in a win against the Asseco Prokom Sopot on December 18, 2008. However, the Žalgiris finished with a 2-8 record and did not qualify to the Top 16.
Jankūnas was named the 2009 Baltic League MVP after averaging 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds.
On July 24, 2010 it was announced that Jankūnas was coming back to Žalgiris Kaunas.
Lithuanian national team
Jankūnas played at the 2003 World U-19 Championship where the Lithuanians won silver medals.
Jankūnas led the 2004 European U-20 Championship in rebounding (12.3 rpg) in addition to posting 12.5 points per game. He led Lithuania to a 2005 World U-21 Championship title. He averaged 12.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
A well built 6 ft. 10 in. power forward, Jankūnas is good in rebounding and scoring. He prefers inside scoring and often provokes fouls from opposing team's players while he can also play as a stretch forward with help from his consistent mid-range and three point shot.
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|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|
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.
Jankūnas married his wife Ieva in the summer of 2007.
- Paulius Jankunas Prospect Profile
- Paulius Jankunas, Zalgiris Kaunas
- Paulius Jank8nas: Sezono lygos statistika
- Euroleague Regular Season 2008-09 Standings
- Paulius Jankunas – The regular season MVP of the SEB BBL Elite Division
- Thank you, Jorge! Hello, Paulius!
- Zalgiris brings back Jankunas Euroleague.net
- Euroleague.net interview: Paulius Jankunas, Zalgiris
- Jankūnas šeštadienį veda mokyklos laikų meilę
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