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Robertas Javtokas
#15 Javtokas in national team jersey.
#15 Javtokas in national team jersey.
Nickname The Shark
Position Center
Height 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m)
Weight 270 lb (122 kg)
League Russian League
Euroleague
Team Khimki Moscow Region
Born March 20, 1980 (1980-03-20) (age 29)
Å iauliai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Lithuanian
College Arizona
Draft 56th overall, 2001
San Antonio Spurs
Pro career 1997–present
Former teams BC Šiauliai (1997–1999)
University of Arizona (1999–2000)
Lietuvos Rytas (2000–2006)
Panathinaikos BC (2006–2007)
Dynamo Moscow (2007–2009)
Awards Lithuanian league Rookie of the Year (2001)
ULEB Cup Finals MVP (2005)
Lithuanian League Finals MVP (2006) Euroleague champion (2007)

Robertas Javtokas (born March 20, 1980 in Å iauliai) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player. Javtokas is 2.11 m (6'11") in height and weighs 122 kg (270 lbs). He plays the center position. He has been a member of the Lithuanian national team since 2000. In the 2001 NBA Draft he was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 56th overall pick. He recently signed a contract with the pro club Khimki Moscow Region of the Russian League.

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Player profile

Javtokas has very good athletic ability, long arms and good coordination. He is a good jumper who has a 40-inch vertical leap[1] and can easily dunk in traffic. He still has to work on his technique and to improve his free-throw shooting. He can run the floor and make plays on the perimeter with his good athletic ability, nice size, and good hops. He is a good rebounder and a good defender as well. He once set a world record by dunking on a 12 foot high basketball goal.[2]

Motorcycle crash

On May 1, 2002 while driving his Honda CBR1100XX motorcycle at a speed of around 140 kilometers per hour (87 miles per hour) towards Vilnius, he had a serious accident. Approaching a side road, Javtokas started to pass a van, but the van driver did not see the motorcycle and turned left. There was no chance for Javtokas to stop and he hit the van, losing control but not the bike, which crashed into a car in the opposite lane. Javtokas flew dozens of meters and landed in bushes off the road. He returned to basketball for the 2003-2004 season.

Pro career

Europe

In 2000 Javtokas joined BC Lietuvos Rytas and quickly became the best center in the Lithuanian league. Javtokas, playing alongside with Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Arvydas Macijauskas, Simas Jasaitis and Rimantas Kaukenas won the 2002 Lithuanian league championship and also the North European League Championship. After the motorcycle crash, Javtokas missed the entire 2003 season and came back in 2004. In 2005, he won the ULEB Cup Championship and he was named the ULEB Cup Final MVP.

In 2006, with his help, Rytas made a strong debut in the Euroleague, and also beat their main rival BC Žalgiris 4-0 in Lithuanian league finals series. The team also won the Baltic League Championship. After the season, Javtokas was disappointed that Rytas was not able to offer him a bigger pare of money and also was returning to the ULEB Cup instead of the Euroleague, so he decided to play in another club.

He joined Panathinaikos in the 2006-07 season and with them he won the Greek Championship, the Greek Cup, and the Euroleague (thus winning the coveted Basketball Triple Crown), although he played very limited minutes all season. On July 24, 2007, he signed a two-year contract with Dynamo Moscow of the Russian League. In Dynamo he improved his free throw percentage from 35.5% to 54.5%, and he improved in scoring average to 12.2 points per game. In 2009, he joined the Russian club Khimki Moscow Region.[3][4]

NBA

Javtokas was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with 56th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. Although Javtokas has not yet played with the Spurs, they still retain his NBA draft rights.

Lithuanian national team

Medal record
Competitor for  Lithuania
European Championships
Bronze 2007 Spain National team

At the 2005 FIBA European Championship he played in 6 games for the Lithuanian national basketball team. During the tournament he averaged 11.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game. His 2-point field goal percentage was 61.7% and his free-throw percentage was 47.1%.

Awards and achievements

Team titles

Personal awards

Personal

Javtokas attended to St. Vincent - St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, the same secondary school that LeBron James went to growing up. Javtokas also attended Bishop McGuinness High School in Winston Salem, North Carolina for one year of high school for the 1997-1998 school year.

Notes

  1. ^ Team Draft Overview-San Antonio Spurs.
  2. ^ Javtokas dunks on a 12 foot high rim
  3. ^ BCKhimki.ru Khimki Adds Javtokas (Russian).
  4. ^ Championat.ru Khimki signs Javtokas (Russian).

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