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Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila.jpg
New Orleans Hornets  – No. 9
Power Forward/Center
Born February 14, 1978 (1978-02-14) (age 31)
Kapsukas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 248 lb (112 kg)
League NBA
Salary $4,526,000[1]
College Wake Forest
Draft 2nd round, 49th overall, 2002
Boston Celtics
Pro career 2002–present
Former teams CSKA Moscow (2002–2003)
Sacramento Kings (2003–2005)
Chicago Bulls (2005–2006)
Washington Wizards (2006-2009)
Awards 2002 Honorable Mention All-American
Profile Info Page
Olympic medal record
Men's Basketball
Competitor for  Lithuania
Bronze 2000 Lithuania
European Championships
Gold 2003 Sweden National team
Bronze 2007 Spain National team

Darius Songaila (born February 14, 1978) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets. He is also a member of the Lithuania national team. He can play power forward and center positions.

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Early years

Songaila attended the New Hampton High School in New Hampton, New Hampshire. He played the Nike Hoop Summit in 1998. He was also named to the All-European Under-22 Championship 2nd Team.

College career

Songaila played college basketball at Wake Forest University. He was named 3rd Team All-ACC in 2000 and 2nd-Team All-ACC in 2002. He was also named Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press as a senior.

NBA career

Songaila was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 49th pick of the 2002 NBA Draft, who eventually dealt his rights to the Sacramento Kings.

He joined the CSKA Moscow for the 2002–03 season and won the Russian Basketball Super League.

Songaila signed with the Kings in June 2003. He averaged 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 154 games (28 starts) with the Kings over two seasons.

Songaila signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls in September 2005. He had his most successful season yet with the Bulls, averaging 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 62 games (7 starts). However, he suffered an ankle injury in March 2006 and missed the final 20 games.

On July 17, 2006, Songaila signed with the Washington Wizards. The deal reportedly was worth 23 million over 5 years.[2] He missed the first 45 games after a surgery for a herniated disc and averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 37 games (1 start).

Songaila eventually became a big part of the Wizards' bench and an occasional starter. He averaged 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 2007–08. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Songaila became a starter because of the injuries suffered by teammates Brendan Haywood and Andray Blatche. He started a career-high 29 games and averaged 7.4 points and 2.9 rebounds.

On June 23, 2009, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Oleksiy Pecherov, Etan Thomas, and a first round draft pick for Randy Foye and Mike Miller.[3]

On September 9, 2009, he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets along with Bobby Brown in exchange for Antonio Daniels and a 2014 second round pick.[4]

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
2003–04 Sacramento 73 7 13.4 .487 .000 .807 3.1 .7 .6 .2 4.6
2004–05 Sacramento 81 21 20.6 .527 .000 .847 4.2 1.4 .6 .2 7.5
2005–06 Chicago 62 7 21.4 .481 .400 .817 4.0 1.4 .6 .3 9.2
2006–07 Washington 37 1 18.9 .524 .000 .852 3.6 1.0 .5 .3 7.6
2007–08 Washington 80 13 19.4 .458 .000 .918 3.4 1.7 .7 .2 6.2
2008–09 Washington 77 29 19.8 .532 .000 .889 2.9 1.2 .8 .3 7.4
Career 410 78 18.9 .500 .154 .851 3.5 1.3 .6 .2 7.0

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2003–04 Sacramento 7 0 12.1 .625 .000 1.000 1.9 .3 .0 .1 3.7
2004–05 Sacramento 5 0 15.0 .421 .000 .800 2.8 .6 .4 .2 4.0
2006–07 Washington 4 0 22.5 .488 .000 1.000 3.3 1.0 .8 .0 10.8
2007–08 Washington 5 0 15.4 .421 .000 .867 2.6 .8 .2 .0 5.8
Career 21 0 15.6 .484 .000 .897 2.5 .6 .3 .1 5.6

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