Rimantas Kaukėnas

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Rimantas Kaukėnas
Rimantas Kaukenas by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Rimantas Kaukėnas in 2013
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
Position Shooting guard
League Lega Basket Serie A
Personal information
Born (1977-04-11) April 11, 1977 (age 40)
Vilnius, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 192 cm (6 ft 4 in)
Listed weight 92 kg (203 lb)
Career information
High school Prattsburgh Central School
(Prattsburgh, New York)
College Seton Hall (1996–2000)
NBA draft 2000 / Undrafted
Playing career 2000–2016, 2017–present
Position Shooting guard
Career history
2000–2001 Hapoel Galil Elyon
2001–2002 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2002–2003 Oostende
2003–2004 Telekom Baskets Bonn
2004–2005 Pallacanestro Cantù
2005–2009 Montepaschi Siena
2009–2010 Real Madrid
2010–2012 Montepaschi Siena
2012–2013 Žalgiris Kaunas
2013 Laboral Kutxa
2013–2016
2017–present
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia
Career highlights and awards

Rimantas "Rimas" Kaukėnas (born April 11, 1977) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia of the Lega Basket Serie A. His long career has taken him to a number of countries, finding the most success in Italy. He has also been a member of the senior men's Lithuanian national team. Playing primarily at the shooting guard position, he can also play as a point guard.

Professional career[edit]

Kaukėnas was a longtime member of Montepaschi Siena of the Italian Serie A.

On August 5, 2012, he signed for his homeland team Žalgiris Kaunas.[1]

He joined Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia in December 2013, helping the side reach the finals of the 2014–15 Lega Basket Serie A. In July 2015, his contract was extended for another season.[2] On July 7, 2016, Kaukėnas retired from professional basketball.[3] On January 7, 2017, Kaukėnas came out of retirement and rejoined Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia for the rest of the season.[4][5]

National team[edit]

Kaukėnas played with the senior men's Lithuanian national basketball team at the EuroBasket 2001, the EuroBasket 2007, where he won a bronze medal, and the EuroBasket 2011. He also played at both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Kaukėnas established the Rimantas Kaukenas Charity Group, which aims to provide "magical moments" for children with life-threatening medical conditions.[6] He is married with former Swedish-Serbian basketball player Tanja Kostić, with whom he has three daughters. Tanja follows the activities of RK Charity Group, while Rimantas is playing during the season. He is fluent in English, Italian and Russian.

Euroleague 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.

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2005–06 Montepaschi Siena 14 12 28.5 .442 .302 .847 1.9 2.0 1.7 .0 15.1 12.9
2007–08 Montepaschi Siena 9 5 28.8 .431 .290 .882 2.6 2.6 1.6 .1 14.1 13.6
2008–09 Montepaschi Siena 18 5 28.8 .518 .368 .847 2.3 1.7 1.1 .0 14.8 12.8
2009–10 Real Madrid 18 10 21.4 .545 .353 .829 1.1 1.3 1.6 .0 10.3 8.1
2010–11 Montepaschi Siena 20 11 25.3 .445 .308 .902 2.0 1.9 1.1 .1 12.0 9.6
2011–12 Montepaschi Siena 6 6 25.3 .580 .643 1.000 2.2 2.5 1.2 .0 14.5 15.3
2012–13 Žalgiris Kaunas 24 11 20.3 .395 .344 .882 2.1 1.9 .8 .0 7.8 6.4
2013–14 Laboral Kutxa 5 1 12.3 .583 .000 1.000 1.4 1.0 .6 .2 3.6 3.8
Career 114 61 23.8 .510 .337 .874 1.9 1.8 1.0 .0 11.6 10.2

Awards and achievements[edit]

Rimantas Kaukėnas with his career's last professional club Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia in 2015.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zalgiris Kaunas brings home veteran Kaukenas". Euroleague.net. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Reggio Emilia, Kaukenas stay together". EurocupBasketball.com. 25 July 2015. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rimantas Kaukenas retires at 39". Sportando.com. 7 July 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "Kaukenas torna in campo. Mercoledì sarà presentato ai media". Pallacanestro Reggiana (in Italian). 7 January 2017. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  5. ^ "Il ritorno di Kaukenas: "Sono un rookie, cercherò di aiutare la squadra a crescere"". Pallacanestro Reggiana (in Italian). 11 January 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "About us". KaukenoParama.lt. Retrieved 27 August 2015. 

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