Paulius Valinskas

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Paulius Valinskas
Paulius Valinskas 66 BC Žalgiris EuroLeague 20180223 (4).jpg
Valinskas with Žalgiris Kaunas in 2018
No. 66 – Lietkabelis Panevėžys
PositionPoint guard / Shooting guard
LeagueLithuanian Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1995-12-09) December 9, 1995 (age 24)
Kaunas, Lithuania
NationalityLithuanian
Listed height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Listed weight85 kg (187 lb)
Career information
Playing career2013–present
Career history
2013-2019Žalgiris Kaunas
2013–2016BC Žalgiris-2
2018–2019Lietkabelis Panevėžys
2019Orléans Loiret
2019-presentLietkabelis Panevėžys
Career highlights and awards

Paulius Valinskas (born 9 December 1995) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Lietkabelis Panevėžys of the Lithuanian Basketball League.[1] He is a 1.91 m (6'3") tall combo guard.

Early career[edit]

During the 2015–16 season with BC Žalgiris-2, Valinskas won the National Basketball League silver medals losing to BC Sūduva in the final. He averaged 14.5 points and 3.2 assists in 29 minutes of action and got the 2015–16 Most Improved Player Award.[2]

Professional career[edit]

After a breakout season with Žalgiris-2, Valinskas was invited into the main Žalgiris team in the summer of 2016.[3] During his first two years, he saw little playing time. In the 2017–18 season, he averaged 4.7 points in the LKL and 2.8 points in the Euroleague. On November 3, 2017, during an away game against CSKA Moscow, Valinskas scored a career high 11 points, making 3 of his 4 three-pointers.

On August 6, 2018, Valinskas was loaned to Lietkabelis Panevėžys.[4] In 55 games played during the season (both in the LKL and the Champions League), Valinskas averaged 11.9 points, 3.3 assists and 2.6 rebounds, shooting 46% from the field overall.

On August 2, 2019, he went on loan to French club Orléans Loiret Basket of the LNB Pro A.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paulius Valinskas / Žaidėjai - Basketnews.lt". basketnews.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Labiausiai patobulėjęs NKL žaidėjas Valinskas: "Tai buvo paskutinis mano mačas šioje ekipoje"". basketnews.lt (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 13 May 2016.
  3. ^ "„Žalgiryje" debiutuosiantis Valinskas: „Esu pasiruošęs kilti į aukštesnį lygį"". basketnews.lt (in Lithuanian). 31 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Zalgiris inks Sabeckis and loans Valinskas". zalgiris.lt. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Paulius Valinskas signs with Orleans". Sportando. 2 August 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2019.

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