Artūras Gudaitis (born 19 June 1993) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Olimpia Milano of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A (LBA). Standing at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), he plays at the center position. He was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 47th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.
Artūras Gudaitis with Olimpia Milano
|No. 7 – Olimpia Milano|
|Born||19 June 1993|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||254 lb (115 kg)|
|NBA draft||2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia 76ers|
|2015–2017||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|Career highlights and awards|
Before starting his professional career, Gudaitis played in the RKL with the LCC Klaipėda for one season. The next two seasons he played in NKL, and on his last season with Žalgiris-2 Kaunas he won a bronze medal. Gudaitis was respectively nominated as a most promising young player of the league on the same year.
On 6 August 2013, Gudaitis signed a professional contract with Žalgiris Kaunas for two years and was brought into the main Žalgiris roster. Whilst suffering from the knee injury in the first half of the season he had his breakthrough game against Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in the EuroLeague tournament, scoring 14 points with 6 rebounds. Gudaitis vastly improved during the regular season, and was called an x-factor of victorious LKL semi-final series against Lietuvos rytas Vilnius.
On 9 November 2016, Gudaitis scored a career-high 17 points and got 11 rebounds in a 101–84 win over Montakit Fuenlabrada in EuroCup Basketball game. One week later, on 16 November 2016, Gudaitis scored 12 points and got a career-high 15 rebounds. After a individually successful 2016–17 season, he was named to the LKL All-Tournament Team on 13 June 2017.
On 1 February 2019, during an away game against Herbalife Gran Canaria, Gudaitis suffered an ACL injury that left him sidelined for the remainder of the 2018–2019 season. Despite having played only 21 games in the Euroleague during the season, he was one of its most efficient players, and was considered one of the league's top centers prior to the injury.
On 10 July 2015, the Sacramento Kings acquired Gudaitis and Luka Mitrović from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, and Nik Stauskas. It was reported that Vlade Divac himself requested to acquire Gudaitis.
National team careerEdit
Gudaitis represented Lithuania at the U–18 youth tournament in Poland, 2011. His team took 5th place in the tournament, where Gudaitis scored 11.3 points, grabbed 6.2 rebounds and had 1.4 blocks per game.
In 2015 Gudaitis was included in the Lithuania men's national basketball team head coach Jonas Kazlauskas extended candidates list and was invited to the training camp. He was released from the team on September 1, just 4 days before the championship start. He represented the primary Lithuania national team during the EuroBasket 2017 for the first time and averaged 4.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.2 assists.
|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||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
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- Statistics | Euroleague.net
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