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Linas Kleiza
Position Small Forward-Power Forward
Height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight 245 lb (111 kg)
League Greek League
Euroleague
Team Olympiacos Piraeus
Born January 3, 1985 (1985-01-03) (age 25)
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Lithuanian
High school Montrose Christian School
College Missouri
Draft 27th overall, 2005
Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2005–present
Former teams Denver Nuggets (2005-09)

Linas Kleiza (pronounced [ˈlinɐs ˈklæizɐ]) (born January 3, 1985) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player. He is also a member of the Lithuanian national team. He can play either forward position. He plays with the Greek League team Olympiacos Piraeus.

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Early years

Kleiza attended the Montrose Christian School and graduated in 2003. He played on the Lithuanian Junior National Team that won the silver medal at the 2003 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. He led the tournament in scoring, averaging 29.1 points per game on 58 percent shooting.[1]

College career

Kleiza played college basketball with the University of Missouri Tigers. He was named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 by the league coaches as a sophomore. He also earned All-Tournament honors at the 2005 Big 12 Tournament after averaging 29.5 points and 9 rebounds per game.

NBA career

Kleiza was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the 27th pick of the 2005 NBA Draft. The Trail Blazers then dealt his draft rights, along with Ricky Sanchez to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Jarrett Jack. Kleiza was seldom-used in his rookie season. He averaged 3.5 points and 8.5 minutes per game.

He improved on his three-point shooting in his sophomore year, making 83-221, after only making two three-pointers in his rookie year. He also saw some more time on the court and averaged 7.6 points on 42 percent shooting in 18.8 minutes per game. After the season, Denver picked up their team option on his contract for another season.

Kleiza became a big part of Denver's rotation in the 2007-08 season, mostly backing up Denver's starting small forward Carmelo Anthony. However, he was involved in a lot of trade talks, most notably a trade involving Ron Artest of the Sacramento Kings.[2] On January 17, 2008, Kleiza scored a career high 41 points against the Utah Jazz.[3] His scoring average was up to 11.1 points per game and his shooting percentage was up to 47 percent.

Many expected Kleiza to make a similar leap in production in his fourth year in the league. However, most of his season averages were slightly off from the 2007-08 season. He averaged 9.9 points on 45 percent shooting. His minutes dwindled down in the playoffs. The Nuggets' head coach George Karl, said Kleiza played fewer minutes because he is not a playmaker.[4]

Εuropean career

On August 10, 2009, Kleiza agreed to a two-year, $12.2 million (8.6 million euros) net income contract with the Greek League team Olympiacos Piraeus.[5][6]

Lithuanian national team

Medal record
Competitor for  Lithuania
FIBA European Championship
Bronze 2007 Spain National Team

Kleiza has also played with the senior Lithuanian national basketball team. He played at the 2006 FIBA World Championship and he won the bronze medal at the 2007 FIBA European Championship. He also played with Lithuania at the 2008 Olympics.

Awards and accomplishments

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 Denver 61 2 8.5 .445 .154 .704 1.9 .2 .2 .2 3.5
2006–07 Denver 79 14 18.8 .422 .376 .852 3.4 .6 .3 .2 7.6
2007–08 Denver 79 13 23.9 .472 .339 .770 4.2 1.2 .6 .2 11.1
2008–09 Denver 82 7 22.2 .447 .326 .725 4.0 .8 .4 .2 9.9
Career 301 36 19.0 .449 .342 .765 3.5 .7 .4 .2 8.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Denver 3 0 4.7 .375 .000 .000 1.3 .7 .0 .0 2.0
2006–07 Denver 5 0 13.2 .231 .167 .500 1.6 .4 .0 .0 1.6
2007–08 Denver 4 3 30.5 .537 .214 .692 6.5 .8 .2 .0 14.0
2008–09 Denver 14 0 15.0 .470 .425 .750 3.2 .5 .4 .1 6.9
Career 26 3 15.8 .461 .344 .718 3.2 .5 .2 .0 6.4

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