Darius Songaila (born February 14, 1978) is a Lithuanian professional basketball coach and former player. He is currently the player development assistant for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has represented the Lithuania national team. He played at the power forward and center positions.
Songaila playing for Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
|San Antonio Spurs|
|Position||Player development assistant|
|Born||February 14, 1978|
Marijampolė, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||248 lb (112 kg)|
|High school||New Hampton School|
(New Hampton, New Hampshire)
|College||Wake Forest (1998–2002)|
|NBA draft||2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall|
|Selected by the Boston Celtics|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|2009–2010||New Orleans Hornets|
|2012||Blancos de Rueda Valladolid|
|2013–2014||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|2015–2018||Žalgiris Kaunas (assistant)|
|2018–2019||San Antonio Spurs (player development coach)|
|Career highlights and awards|
As assistant coach:
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||3,415 (6.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,689 (3.4 rpg)|
|Assists||589 (1.2 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Songaila started his basketball career with Lietuvos rytas Marijampolė in second-tier Lithuanian league, the LKAL in 1995. In 1997, he moved to the United States where he attended the New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire. Songaila played the Nike Hoop Summit in 1998. He was also named to the All-European Under-22 Championship Second Team.
Darius Songaila played college basketball at Wake Forest University. He was named Third Team All-ACC in 2000 and Second Team All-ACC in 2002. He was also named Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press as a senior.
He joined CSKA Moscow for the 2002–03 season and won the Russian Basketball Super League. He signed with the Kings in June 2003, and averaged 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 154 games (28 starts) over two seasons.
Songaila signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls in September 2005. He had his most successful season yet with the Bulls, averaging 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 62 games (7 starts). However, he suffered an ankle injury in March 2006 and missed the final 20 games.
On July 17, 2006, Songaila signed with the Washington Wizards. The deal reportedly was worth $23 million over five years. He missed the first 45 games after a surgery for a herniated disc and averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 37 games (1 start).
Songaila eventually became a big part of the Wizards' bench and an occasional starter. He averaged 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 2007–08. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Songaila became a starter because of the injuries suffered by teammates Brendan Haywood and Andray Blatche. He started a career-high 29 games and averaged 7.4 points and 2.9 rebounds.
On September 23, 2010, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers along with rookie forward Craig Brackins in exchange for Willie Green and Jason Smith. Songaila had career lows with the 76ers, notably in points (1.6 ppg). With the 2010–11 season coming to an end, he became an unrestricted free agent.
At the end of the 2014–15 season, he retired from the professional basketball.
|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.
- Songaila started his career in Lietuvos Rytas Marijampolė Archived January 11, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, krepsinis.net (in Lithuanian)
- "NBA Draft Board". nba.com. Retrieved January 29, 2011.
- "Bulls sign free agent forward Songaila". ESPN.com. September 23, 2005. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
- "Agent: Songaila signs 5-year, $23M deal with Wizards".
- "Source: Foye, Miller head to Wiz". June 24, 2009. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- "HORNETS ACQUIRE SONGAILA, BROWN FROM TIMBERWOLVES". NBA.com. September 9, 2009. Archived from the original on December 16, 2009. Retrieved September 9, 2009.
- "Rookie Craig Brackins traded to 76ers". September 23, 2010. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
- Galatasaray lands big man Songaila
- Darius Songaila signs in Ukraine
- Lietuvos Rytas signs Darius Songaila (in Lithuanian)
- "Zalgiris Kaunas announces Songaila". Euroleague.net. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- "Darius Songaila baigia profesionalaus krepšininko karjerą". ve.lt (in Lithuanian). June 7, 2015. Retrieved June 7, 2015.
- "Suformuotas Kauno "Žalgirio" trenerių štabas – su Dariumi Songaila ir Šarūnu Jasikevičiumi" (in Lithuanian). 15min.lt. August 5, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
- "Songaila Calls It A Day, Turns To Coaching". FIBA Europe. August 5, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
- "Zalgiris names Saras head coach through 2018". Euroleague.net. August 5, 2015. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
- Garcia, Jeff (August 26, 2018). "Darius Songaila announces he's set to start work in player development for Spurs". WOAI. Retrieved August 27, 2018.