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Arvydas Sabonis
Position(s) Center
Jersey #(s) 11
Born December 19, 1964 (1964-12-19) (age 45)
Kaunas, Lithuania SSR - USSR
Career information
Year(s) 1981–2005
NBA Draft 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24
Professional team(s)
Career stats (NBA)
Points     5,629
Points Per Game     12.0
Rebounds Per Game     7.3
Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Career highlights and awards
Medal record
Men's basketball
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Gold 1988 Seoul National team
Competitor for  Lithuania
Bronze 1992 Barcelona National team
Bronze 1996 Atlanta National team
World Championships
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Gold Colombia 1982 National team
Silver Spain 1986 National team
European Championships
Competitor for  Soviet Union
Bronze 1983 France National team
Gold 1985 West Germany National team
Bronze 1989 Yugoslavia National team
Competitor for  Lithuania
Silver 1995 Greece National team

Arvydas Romas Sabonis (born December 19, 1964) is a retired Lithuanian professional basketball player and a businessman. He won the Euroscar Award six times as the best European player and played in a variety of leagues, including seven seasons in the National Basketball League (NBA) in the United States. Sabonis, who played the center position, also won a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea for the Soviet Union, and later earned bronze medals at the 1992 and 1996 games while playing for Lithuania. He retired from professional basketball in 2005.

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Early years

Sabonis began playing basketball at age 13. By the time he was 15 years old he was a member of the Soviet national junior team.[1]

Professional career

Sabonis made his professional debut in 1981 with BC Žalgiris in his hometown, Kaunas. He won three consecutive Soviet League titles and reached the 1986 Euroleague finals with the team.

Sabonis was selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the 77th pick of the 1985 NBA Draft. However, the selection was voided because Sabonis was under 21 at the time of the draft. The following spring, he suffered a devastating Achilles' tendon injury. Nevertheless, he was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 24th pick of the 1986 NBA Draft.[1]

Sabonis was not allowed to play in the NBA by Soviet authorities until 1989. However, he did go to Portland to rehabilitate his injury with Blazers trainers. He also practiced with the team.

In the 1988 Summer Olympics, Sabonis led the Soviet Union to a gold medal win against a United States team that featured future NBA All-Stars David Robinson, Mitch Richmond and Danny Manning.[1] The team later beat Yugoslavia in the finals.[1]

In 1992, after playing with CB Valladolid for three seasons, Sabonis joined Real Madrid and won two Spanish League titles and a Euroleague title in 1995. During the 1994-95 regular season with Real Madrid, he averaged 22.8 points, 13.2 rebounds, 2.6 blocked shots, and 2.4 assists per game.[1]

In 1995, Sabonis signed with the Blazers. He had a successful rookie campaign, averaging 14.5 points on 55% shooting and 8.1 rebounds.[1] Sabonis was selected to the All-Rookie First Team and was runner-up in both Rookie of the Year and Sixth Man of the Year votings.[1] His postseason averages were up to 23.6 points and 10.2 rebounds.[1]

Sabonis averaged 16.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 1997-98, all career-highs.

He won the European Player of the Year twice while playing with the Blazers. He also became a fan favorite.[2]

The question that surrounds Sabonis' NBA career revolves around how good he could have been had he played in the NBA during his prime.[3][4] Sabonis was over 31 when he joined the Blazers, by which time he had already won multiple gold medals and suffered through numerous injuries.

Sabonis came back to Žalgiris to play his final season. He led the team to the Top 16 stage of the season and was named the Regular Season MVP and the Top 16 MVP. He also became the team's president.[5]

Personal life

Sabonis is married to Ingrida, a former Miss Vilnius, fashion model and movie actress.[1] Their son, Tautvydas, plays for the CB Málaga junior team.[6]

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
1995–96 Portland 73 21 23.8 .545 .375 .757 8.1 1.8 .9 1.1 14.5
1996–97 Portland 69 68 25.5 .498 .371 .777 7.9 2.1 .9 1.2 13.4
1997-98 Portland 73 73 32.0 .493 .261 .798 10.0 3.0 .9 1.1 16.0
1998-99 Portland 50 48 27.0 .485 .292 .771 7.9 2.4 .7 1.3 12.1
1999-00 Portland 66 61 25.6 .505 .368 .843 7.8 1.8 .6 1.2 11.8
2000-01 Portland 61 42 21.3 .479 .067 .776 5.4 1.5 .7 1.0 10.1
2002–03 Portland 78 1 15.5 .476 .500 .787 4.3 1.8 .8 .6 6.1
Career 470 314 24.2 .500 .328 .786 7.3 2.1 .8 1.0 12.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1995–96 Portland 5 5 35.4 .432 .556 .717 10.2 1.8 .8 .6 23.6
1996–97 Portland 4 4 27.0 .429 .250 .875 6.5 2.3 .8 .8 11.3
1997–98 Portland 4 4 26.8 .450 .500 .857 7.8 1.5 1.8 .8 12.3
1998–99 Portland 13 13 30.2 .398 .200 .907 8.8 2.2 1.2 1.2 10.0
1999–00 Portland 16 16 30.8 .453 .286 .796 6.7 1.9 .9 .8 11.3
2000–01 Portland 3 3 34.7 .483 .000 .750 8.3 2.7 .3 2.3 11.3
2002–03 Portland 6 1 14.3 .667 .000 .800 4.0 .8 .7 .7 10.0
Career 51 46 28.8 .452 .319 .802 7.4 1.9 .9 .9 12.1

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