Šiškauskas, while a player of CSKA Moscow, in 2011.
September 10, 1978 |
Kaišiadorys, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|1998–2004||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|Career highlights and awards|
As a player:
Ramūnas Šiškauskas ([rɐˈmûːnɐs ʃɪʂˈkɐ̂ˑʊskɐs] ( listen), born September 10, 1978) is a former Lithuanian professional basketball player and basketball coach. At a listed height of 6'6" (1.98 m) tall, he could play at both the shooting guard and small forward positions. His individual accolades as a player include a EuroLeague MVP award, four All-EuroLeague Team selections, as well as an All-EuroBasket Team designation. On May 16, 2014, Šiškauskas was named a EuroLeague Basketball Legend.
During his playing career, Šiškauskas won two EuroLeague titles, one each with Panathinaikos Athens and CSKA Moscow, in 2007 and 2008, and reached two more EuroLeague Finals with CSKA, in 2009 and 2012. He was a member of the senior Lithuanian national team that won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2003. As a member of Lithuania's national team, he also won the bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, and the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2007.
Professional playing career
Šiškauskas made his pro debut with Sakalai in 1996. He played two seasons with the club, averaging 11.3 points, on 60 percent shooting.
In 1998, Šiškauskas signed with Lietuvos Rytas of Vilnius. He played there until the 2003-04 season, and led the team to Lithuanian League titles in 2000 and 2002, and a Northern Europe League title in 2002. In 2002-03, he had his most successful season, averaging 16.4 points, on 68 percent shooting, and 3.4 rebounds.
Šiškauskas joined Benetton Treviso in 2004. He led them to an Italian League title in 2006, where he was named the Finals MVP, and an Italian Cup in 2005. He played in 32 EuroLeague games over two seasons with Benetton, and averaged 12.3 points, on 60 percent shooting.
In 2006, Šiškauskas signed with Panathinaikos, and helped them win the EuroLeague in 2007. He averaged 11 points, on 51 percent shooting for the championship team. With Panathinaikos, he also won a Greek League title and the Greek Cup in 2007.
Šiškauskas joined CSKA Moscow in 2007. He helped to lead them to a EuroLeague title in 2008, and helped them reach the EuroLeague Final in 2009. However, CSKA lost to Šiškauskas' former team, Panathinaikos. On May 1, 2009, he scored a career-high 29 points against Barcelona. Šiškauskas also won two Russian Super League titles in 2008 and 2009.
On May 15, 2009, Šiškauskas signed a contract extension with CSKA. He signed through 2011. Šiškauskas said: "I feel like the right man in the right place in CSKA. I am happy with both the team and the organization. That is why I don't see any reason to think about changes. I feel myself as a part of history of a great club, which is aiming for the highest goals. And that's what absolutely matches with my character."
On May 13, 2012, Šiškauskas missed two vital free-throws with 10 seconds remaining in CSKA's EuroLeague Final game against Olympiacos Piraeus, which proved crucial in CSKA's 62 to 61 loss. He also missed the last second three-point shot in CSKA's EuroLeague Final game against Panathinaikos, on May 3, 2009, which meant that CSKA lost the final by a score of 73 to 71.
Only one week after the EuroLeague Final game, on May 21, 2012, Šiškauskas announced his retirement from professional basketball. On May 16, 2014, Šiškauskas was named a EuroLeague Basketball Legend.
Lithuanian national team
Šiškauskas was a member of the senior men's Lithuanian national basketball teams that won the bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games and the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2007. He was also a member of the Lithuanian team that won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2003. In 2008, he officially announced that he was stepping down from the Lithuanian National Team.
Šiškauskas was a physical forward (198 cm or 6'6" tall) who could easily play, both on offense and defense, at the guard positions, on the wing, and also in the paint. His excellent leaping ability and his quickness made him a surprising shot blocker and one of the best one-on-one players and swingmen in Europe. The best defensive player of the Lithuanian national basketball team; he led the 2003-04 Lithuanian League in free throw percentage (90.6%).
Awards and achievements
Pro playing career
- 2x Lithuanian League Champion: (2000, 2002)
- Lithuanian League MVP: (2001)
- Italian Cup Winner: (2005)
- Italian League Champion: (2006)
- Italian League Finals MVP: (2006)
- Greek Cup Winner: (2007)
- 4x All-EuroLeague Team:
- 2x EuroLeague Champion: (2007, 2008)
- Greek League Champion: (2007)
- Triple Crown Champion: (2007)
- Greek League Best Five Team: (2007)
- Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year: (2007)
- EuroLeague MVP: (2008)
- 2x Russian League Champion: (2008, 2009)
- Russian Super League Player of the Year: (2008)
- VTB United League Final Four MVP: (2008)
- All-Europe Player of the Year: (2008)
- EuroLeague 2001–10 All-Decade Team: (2010)
- VTB United League Champion: (2012)
- EuroLeague Basketball Legend: (2014)
Lithuanian national team as a player
- 2000 Summer Olympic Games: Bronze
- EuroBasket 2003: Gold
- EuroBasket 2007: Bronze
- EuroBasket 2007: All-Tournament Team
|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|
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.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Šiškauskas won the EuroLeague|
|Led the league|
- 47. 6' 6" 220 1978 Lithuanian Ramunas Siskauskas---CSKA Moscow--Russia.
- Siskauskas named Euroleague Basketball Legend (English)
- Euroleague.net Box Score Panathinaikos vs. CSKA Moscow.
- "Euroleague classic Ramunas Siskauskas retires from basketball". Euroleague. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- Siskauskas named Euroleague Basketball Legend (English)
- Ramunas Siskauskas joins Lithuanian NT’s staff.
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