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Mantas Kalnietis
Position Point Guard
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
League Euroleague
LKL
Team ┼Żalgiris Kaunas
Number 9
Born September 6, 1986 (1986-09-06) (age 23)
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, USSR
Nationality Lithuania Lithuanian
Pro career 2006ÔÇôpresent
Awards 2007 Baltic League Slam Dunk Champion
2007 Lithuanian League All-Star
2007 ULEB Summer League MVP
2008 Lithuanian League Slam Dunk Champion
2009 Lithuanian League All-Star

Mantas Kalnietis (born September 6, 1986) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player in the Euroleague and the Italian League with the Benetton Treviso. He is also a member of the Lithuanian national basketball team. He plays the point guard position.

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Early years

Kalnietis spent two and a half seasons with the LKKA-┼Żalgiris. He averaged 17.7 points and 4.3 assists in his second season.[1]

Pro career

Kalnietis made his pro debut in February 2006 with the ┼Żalgiris of Kaunas. He averaged 6.8 points on 65 percent shooting in the Euroleague.

Kalnietis helped ┼Żalgiris win a Baltic League title in 2008, two Lithuanian League titles in 2007 and 2008 and two Lithuanian Cups in 2007 and 2008. He also led the team to a 2007 ULEB Summer League title, where he was named MVP.[2]

He competed at the Reebok Eurocamp in Treviso in 2006 and 2008.[3][4]

Kalnietis had a breakout season in 2008-09, when he averaged 11.3 points in the Lithuanian League and 8.5 points and 3.0 assists in the Euroleague. He scored a career-high 20 points in a loss against the Montepaschi Siena on December 10th, 2008.[5]

Kalnietis signed a three-year contract with the Benetton Treviso in June 2009.[6][7][8] However, because he has another one-year contract with ┼Żalgiris Kaunas, FIBA arbiter's decided that he belongs to ┼Żalgiris.[9]

Lithuanian national team

Kalnietis led Lithuania to a 2006 European U-20 Championship title. He averaged 11.5 points and 4.8 assists for the team.

Kalnietis started at point guard for the Lithuanian national basketball team that finished seventh in the 2006 World Championship. He averaged 6.0 points and 2.8 assists.

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