Rolands Šmits

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Rolands Šmits
FC Barcelona Lassa
Position Small forward / Power forward
League Liga ACB
Personal information
Born (1995-06-25) June 25, 1995 (age 23)
Valmiera, Latvia
Nationality Latvian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2017 Fuenlabrada
2013–2014 →Fundación Fuenlabrada
2017–present FC Barcelona Lassa
Career highlights and awards

Rolands Šmits (born June 25, 1995) is a Latvian professional basketball player for FC Barcelona of the Spanish Liga ACB. At a height of 2.08 m (6'10"), and a weight of 106.4 kg (235 lbs.),[1][2] he can play at either the small forward or power forward positions.

Early career[edit]

Šmits came up through the junior youth ranks of the Latvian club BK Valmiera. He left his native Latvia, for Spain in 2011. He joined the Spanish club Baloncesto Fuenlabrada, and played for their feeder team in the amateur Spanish fourth-tier level Liga EBA, in the 2011–12 season.

Professional career[edit]

Šmits made his debut in the Spanish top-tier level Liga ACB, with Fuenlabrada, during the 2012–13 season, while also seeing action for Grupo Eulen Carrefour El Bulevar de Ávila, in the country’s third-tier division LEB Plata, that same season. From 2013 to 2015, he primarily played for Fuenlabrada's reserve team in LEB Plata sides Fundación Baloncesto Fuenlabrada and the affiliated team Viten Getafe respectively.[3] But, he also earned increasing playing minutes in the top-tier level ACB.

In the 2016–17 season, Šmits won the European-wide 2nd-tier level EuroCup's Rising Star Award,[4] after shooting 55.1% from the field overall, 60.4% from 2 point field goal range, and 48.8% from 3 point field goal range, while averaging 9.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 0.6 steals per game,[5] with Fuenlabrada during the EuroCup season.

In September 2017, he signed a five-year contract with FC Barcelona, but will stay on loan at Fuenlabrada until 2018.[6]

International career[edit]

Šmits competed with Latvia's junior national teams at the 2011 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, and at the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship and 2013 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He also played with Latvia's junior national team at the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship and at the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship.[7][8]

Šmits received his first cap with the senior men's Latvian national basketball team in 2014.


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