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Šarūnas Jasikevičius
Jasikevičius with PAO in November 2007.
Jasikevičius with PAO in November 2007.
Nickname Saras
Position Point Guard
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
League Euroleague
Greek League
Team Panathinaikos
Number 19
Born March 5, 1976 (1976-03-05) (age 34)
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, USSR (now Lithuania)
Nationality Lithuanian
High school Solanco, Quarryville, Pennsylvania
College Maryland
Draft Undrafted, 1998
Pro career 1998–present
Former teams Lietuvos Rytas (1998–99)
Olimpija Ljubljana (1999–00)
FC Barcelona (2000–03)
Maccabi Tel Aviv (2003–05)
Indiana Pacers (20052007)
Golden State Warriors (2007)
Awards 2003 Spanish League Finals MVP
2003 FIBA European Championship MVP
2003 Mr. Europa Player of the Year
2004, 2005 All-Euroleague First Team
2005 Euroleague Final Four MVP
2007 35 Greatest Euroleague Players

Šarūnas Jasikevičius (About this sound pronunciation ; born March 5, 1976) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player in the Euroleague and the Greek League with Panathinaikos. He is also a member of the Lithuanian national team. He plays the point guard position.

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Early years

Jasikevičius is from Lithuania, but spent his teen years in the United States. He attended the Solanco High School in Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

College career

Jasikevičius played college basketball at the University of Maryland. He played as a wing, although he remade himself into a point guard in his pro career.[1] He didn't see much playing time in his first two years in college with seniors Duane Simpkins, Johnny Rhodes and Exree Hipp ahead of him at the wing positions. As a junior, he became a better passer and improved his defense.[2] He averaged a shade under 13 points and 4 assists in his junior and senior years.

Pro career

Jasikevičius made his pro debut in 1998 with Lietuvos Rytas of Vilnius and averaged 18.0 points and 5.4 assists. He joined the Olimpija Ljubljana for the next season and won the Premier A Slovenian Basketball League. His season averages were down to 9.3 points and 3.4 assists per game.

Jasikevičius played the next three seasons with the FC Barcelona and won the Euroleague in 2003. He started for the championship team and averaged 13.4 points and 3.2 assists. He also led the team to two Spanish League titles and two Spanish King's Cups.

He joined the Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2003 and helped them win two Euroleague titles, two Israeli League crowns and two Israeli Cups.

Jasikevičius signed with the Indiana Pacers in July 2005. The deal was worth $12 million dollars over three years. He played 112 games (16 starts) with the Pacers in 1 1/2 seasons, averaging 7.3 points and 3.0 assists.

On January 17, 2007, Jasikevičius was traded to the Golden State Warriors along with Stephen Jackson, Al Harrington and Josh Powell in exchange for Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Jr., Ike Diogu, and Keith McLeod.[3] He didn't become a part of the rotation in Golden State. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.3 assists in 26 games (2 starts) in only 11.9 minutes per game. Jasikevičius was bought out by the Warriors on September 20, 2007.[4]

On September 25, 2007, Jasikevičius signed with the Panathinaikos. The deal reportedly was worth 7 million euros net income over two years.[5] He won the Euroleague again in 2009.[6] Jasikevičius became the only player in basketball history to win the Euroleague with three different teams.[7] He also won two Greek League titles and two Greek Cups with the Panathinaikos. In 2009, he signed a 2 year contract extension worth 3.4 million euros net income with Panathinaikos. The second year of the contract being a team option.[8]

Lithuanian national team

Medal record
Competitor for  Lithuania
Men's Basketball
Olympic Games
Bronze 2000 Sydney National Team
FIBA European Championship
Gold 2003 Sweden National Team
Bronze 2007 Spain National Team

Jasikevičius was a member of the Lithuanian national team which won bronze medals at the 2000 Olympic Games. He averaged 14.0 points and 5.1 assists and scored a tournament-high 27 points in a semi-finals loss to the United States.[9]

Jasikevičius also led Lithuania to a 2003 FIBA European Championship title. He was named Tournament MVP after averaging 14.0 points and 8.2 assists.[10]

Jasikevičius helped Lithuania win bronze medals at the 2007 FIBA European Championship. He averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 assists and scored a tournament-high 18 points against Turkey on September 3rd, 2007.[11]

Personal

Šarūnas' younger brother, Vytenis Jasikevičius, is also a professional basketball player. In 2006, Jasikevičius married Linor Abargil, the winner of the Miss World 1998 beauty pageant.[12] They divorced in 2008.

NBA career statistics

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  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Indiana 75 15 20.8 .396 .364 .910 2.0 3.0 .5 .0 7.3
2006–07 Indiana 37 1 17.9 .412 .372 .922 1.3 3.0 .4 .0 7.4
2006–07 Golden State 26 2 11.9 .366 .273 .871 .8 2.3 .5 .0 4.3
Career 138 18 18.3 .397 .355 .908 1.6 2.9 .5 .0 6.8

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Indiana 6' 0 11.0 .368 .222 .500 1.0 1.0 .0 .2 2.8
2006–07 Golden State 4 0 1.5 .000 .000 .500 .0 .5 .0 .0 .3
Career 10 0 7.2 .350 .222 .500 .6 .8 .0 .1 1.8

Honors and awards

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Pro career

Lithuanian national team

References

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