Zalgiris Kaunas

PROVISIONAL ROSTER

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NAME
POS.
H.
- Patricio Garino F 2.01
- Augustine Rubit F 2.03
- Joffrey Lauvergne C 2.11
- Marek Blazevic C 2.07
- Tomas Dimsa G 1.96
- Steve Vasturia G 1.96
0 Thomas Walkup G 1.93
4 Lukas Lekavicius G 1.80
10 Nigel Hayes F 2.03
13 Paulius Jankunas F 2.05
16 Karolis Lukosiunas F 1.95
21 Arturas Milaknis G 1.95
23 Martinas Geben C 2.08
31 Rokas Jokubaitis G 1.93
34 Jock Landale C 2.13
40 Marius Grigonis G 1.98

Head Coach: Martin Schiller
EuroLeague 2020-21
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Club info

Zalgiris Kaunas comes off another strong season in which it cemented its status as one of the best teams in European basketball. The club relied on Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius and added a handful of new players such as Zach LeDay, KC Rivers and Lukas Lekavicius, the last of whom returned to his former squad, while keeping stars Paulius Jankunas, Arturas Milaknis, Edgaras Ulanovas and Thomas Walkup. As in previous years, Zalgiris struggled early in the regular season, but was in great form when the 2019-20 season was stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic; it ranked ninth in the EuroLeague standings with a 12-16 record. Zalgiris was declared as the Lithuanian League champion for the 10th consecutive season, as it had five more wins than anyone else, and also lifted the Lithuanian Karaliaus Mindaugo Cup trophy after downing Rytas Vilnius 80-60 in the final.

EuroLeague

SEASON COMPETITION RECORD FINISH
2019-20 EuroLeague 12-16 Regular Season, canceled
2018-19 EuroLeague 16-18 Playoffs
2017-18 EuroLeague 22-14 Final Four, Semifinals
2016-17 EuroLeague 14-16 Regular Season
2015-16 EuroLeague 7-17 Top 16
2014-15 EuroLeague 10-14 Top 16
2013-14 EuroLeague 7-17 Top 16
2012-13 EuroLeague 14-10 Top 16
2011-12 EuroLeague 4-12 Top 16
2010-11 EuroLeague 6-10 Top 16
2009-10 EuroLeague 5-11 Top 16
2008-09 EuroLeague 2-8 Regular Season
2007-08 EuroLeague 9-11 Top 16
2006-07 EuroLeague 2-12 Regular Season
2005-06 EuroLeague 9-11 Top 16
2004-05 EuroLeague 8-12 Top 16
2003-04 EuroLeague 9-11 Top 16
2002-03 EuroLeague 5-9 Regular Season
2001-02 EuroLeague 5-9 Regular Season
2000-01 EuroLeague 6-6 Playoffs

TOTAL: 416 172-244
History

Zalgiris is a synonym for basketball in a country that lives and breathes the sport. Zalgiris was founded in 1944 by the best basketball players in Kaunas and the club needed just three years to win its first Soviet title. It became Soviet champion four other times – in 1951 and from 1985 to 1987, with the latter period going down as the team’s first golden age. With legends Arvydas Sabonis, Sergejus Jovaisa, Rimas Kurtinaitis and Valdemaras Chomicius taking charge, Zalgiris twice came within a victory of a European trophy, but lost the 1984 Saporta Cup final to Barcelona and came up short in the 1986 EuroLeague championship game against Cibona Zagreb and Drazen Petrovic. Following independence for Lithuania in 1990, Zalgiris gave its basketball-loving fans plenty to cheer about. While the club won the first nine Lithuanian League championships, thus creating a dynasty, it also lifted its first-ever European trophy, the Saporta Cup in 1998, by downing Adecco Milan in the title game behind 35 points from Saulius Stombergas. A year later, Zalgiris shocked the continent by winning the 1999 EuroLeague title. With a fun-to-watch offensive style, a cast of stars including Tyus Edney, Stombergas, Anthony Bowie, Eurelijus Zukauskas and Jiri Zidek was led by Coach Jonas Kazlauskas to Europe's top. Zalgiris has competed in the EuroLeague every year since and was close to glory again in 2004 – Sabonis’s retirement season – when it lost a do-or-die Top 16 finale in overtime in epic fashion against eventual champ Maccabi Tel Aviv. The club continued its dominance at home and also lifted the Baltic League crown in that competition’s inaugural 2005 season and won triple crowns – Baltic League, Lithuanian League and Lithuanian Cup – in 2008, 2011 and 2012. The arrival of Coach Sarunas Jasikevicius kickstarted another golden age. In 2017-18, Zalgiris made it to the playoffs and downed Olympiacos Piraeus to reach the Final Four for the first time since 1999. Paulius Jankunas and Brandon Davies earned monthly MVP honors in December and April, respectively, and Jankunas and Kevin Pangos were named to the All-EuroLeague Second Team. In the 2018-19 season, Zalgiris used a late six-game winning streak to return to the playoffs where it lost to Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul. The club finished the season strong with a ninth consecutive Lithuanian League title and Davies was named to the All-EuroLeague First Team. Last season, the club added a Lithuanian League and Cup double. When the 2019-20 campaign was stopped, Zalgiris was so dominant that it was declared the Lithuanian League champion. The team had a 3-12 start in the EuroLeague, but was 12-16 and just outside the playoff zone when the competition was canceled. Zalgiris should be competitive again this season as the team to beat in Lithuania and a strong contender in the EuroLeague.

Trophy Case

Euroleague: 1999
Saporta Cup: 1998
Intercontinental Cup: 1986
Baltic League: 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012
NEBL: 1999
Lithuanian National League: 31 titles, 21 in Lithuanian LKL League champions (1994–present)
1949-50, 1951-52, 1952-53, 1953-54, 1954-55, 1956-57, 1957-58, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19
Lithuanian Federation Cup: 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2020
Lithuanian Supercup: 2012
Soviet Union National League: 1946-47, 1950-51, 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87
Average Records - All seasons
Category Season Value
Index Rating 2003-04 95.80
Points 2003-04 83.10
Total Rebounds 2010-11 37.19
Assists 2017-18 19.22
Steals 2006-07 11.50
Blocks 2000-01 5.58
2-pointers made 2002-03 24.29
3-pointers made 2013-14 9.00
Free throws made 2000-01 19.25
President:
Paulius Motiejunas
Club Address:
Karaliaus Mindaugo Av. 50, 44334 Kaunas, Lithuania
Arena:
ZALGIRIO ARENA
Karaliaus Mindaugo Av. 50, 44287 Kaunas