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Jonas Mačiulis (born 10 February 1985) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for AEK Athens of the Greek League. Standing at 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in), he plays at the small forward position. As a member of the senior Lithuanian national team, he earned an All-EuroBasket Team selection in 2015, as Lithunania won the silver medal.

Jonas Mačiulis
Jonas Mačiulis 8 Real Madrid Baloncesto Euroleague 20171012.jpg
Mačiulis in action with Real Madrid
No. 8 – AEK Athens
PositionSmall forward
LeagueGreek Basket League
BCL
Personal information
Born (1985-02-10) 10 February 1985 (age 34)
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
NationalityLithuanian
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2007 / Undrafted
Playing career2002–present
Career history
2002–2004Žalgiris-2
2004–2005Nevėžis
2005–2009Žalgiris
2009–2011Olimpia Milano
2012Baltai
2012Montepaschi
2012–2014Panathinaikos
2014–2018Real Madrid
2018Lokomotiv Kuban
2018–presentAEK Athens
Career highlights and awards

Early yearsEdit

Mačiulis spent two years competing in the LKAL, the Lithuanian League 2nd Division. He won the 2003 2nd Division title with LKKA-Žalgiris of Kaunas.

Professional careerEdit

Mačiulis made his pro debut in 2004, with the Lithuanian League team Nevėžis. He averaged 13.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in his only season with the team. Mačiulis was signed by the Lithuanian team Žalgiris in 2005. He helped Žalgiris win a Baltic League title in 2008, two Lithuanian League titles in 2007 and 2008, and two Lithuanian Cups in 2007 and 2008.

Mačiulis made a leap in production in each of the early years of his career. He had a breakout season in 2006–07, averaging 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the EuroLeague.[1] Mačiulis averaged a career-high 14.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game in the 2008–09 season in the Euroleague.[2]

He scored a career-high 29 points against SLUC Nancy on 8 January 2009.[3] In an 8 April 2009 game against the Lietuvos Rytas, Mačiulis set a Lithuanian League record for three-point field goals made in a game, making 8 in a row.

On 1 July 2009, Mačiulis signed with the Italian League team Olimpia Milano. The deal was worth €1.2 million euros net income over two years.[4] Due to a knee injury, which prevented him from playing basketball for 9 months, Olimpia Milano did not offer him a new contract, despite his good performance before he suffered the injury.

On 8 February 2012, he signed with the Lithuanian team Baltai, until he could get a better contract with another team.[5] The deal with Baltai was worth zero LTL (he played there for free).[6] In his first game back after his injury, against Kalev/Cramo, he scored 16 points, grabbed 2 rebounds, and led Baltai to a victory.[7]

On 24 April 2012, he signed with the Italian team Montepaschi Siena for the rest of the season.[8]

On 24 July 2012, he signed a one-year deal with the Greek League team Panathinaikos.[9] On 22 July 2013, he extended his contract for two more years.[10] On 12 June 2014 he was waived.[11]

On 26 July 2014, he signed a two-year deal with Real Madrid.[12] In the 2014–15 season, Real Madrid won the EuroLeague, after defeating Olympiacos, by a score of 78–59, in the EuroLeague Final game.[13] Real Madrid eventually finished the season winning the Spanish League championship, after a 3–0 series sweep in the Spanish League finals series against Barcelona. With that trophy, Real Madrid won the triple crown.[14] He was also voted Lithuanian Player of the Year, for the first time in his career, in 2015, along with Gintarė Petronytė.[15][16] On 21 May 2016 he signed a new "2+1" contract with the Real Madrid.[17]

On 2 March 2018, he agreed to the termination of the contract with the Real Madrid.[18]

On 6 March 2018, Mačiulis signed with Lokomotiv Kuban of the Russian VTB United League.[19] On 10 July 2018, Mačiulis and Lokomotiv officially parted ways. He signed with AEK Athens on 9 August 2018.[20]

National team careerEdit

 
Mačiulis during the EuroBasket 2007 bronze medalists meeting ceremony in Vilnius. It was his first tournament with the national team.
 
Mačiulis (right) with Lithuania men's national basketball team during the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.
 
Mačiulis attempting a steal from Nenê during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

Mačiulis was a member of numerous Lithuanian junior national teams. He played at the 2001 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship. He won a silver medal at the 2003 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, a bronze medal at the 2004 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, a silver medal at the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship, and a gold medal at the 2005 FIBA Under-21 World Cup.[21]

As a member of the senior men's Lithuanian national basketball team, Mačiulis played at the EuroBasket 2007, where the Lithuanians claimed bronze medals. In the 2008 Summer Olympics, he took 4th place. In the 2010 FIBA World Championship, he won a bronze medal. In the EuroBasket 2013, Lithuania was runner-up, and Mačiulis played one of the best games of his career with national team, in the semi-finals against Croatia.[22]

He was also a member of Lithuania's team at the EuroBasket 2009 and the 2012 Summer Olympics.[23] He also played at the EuroBasket 2015. On 13 September 2015, in the eighth-finals game against Georgia, Mačiulis lead his team to an 85–81 win, posting tremendous numbers: 34 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, and 2 blocks.[24] The Lithuanian team later won its second consecutive EuroBasket silver medal, and Mačiulis was included into the All-Tournament Team, after averaging 13.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game. His teammate, Jonas Valančiūnas, also made the All-Tournament Team.[25]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high

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.

Denotes seasons in which Mačiulis won the EuroLeague

EuroLeagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2005–06 Žalgiris 20 3 15.7 .372 .314 .750 2.5 .4 1.0 .0 5.4 3.4
2006–07 14 14 29.9 .431 .241 .653 5.0 1.6 2.4 .4 12.7 12.9
2007–08 20 18 26.5 .469 .377 .689 3.5 .7 1.5 .1 11.9 8.8
2008–09 10 10 30.4 .421 .411 .600 5.0 2.0 1.3 .3 14.0 12.6
2009–10 Milano 10 9 24.0 .398 .314 .724 3.8 1.7 1.3 .0 10.2 7.9
2010–11 6 5 23.2 .472 .583 .615 3.7 1.5 1.5 .3 10.8 11.5
2012–13 Panathinaikos 29 29 24.4 .472 .402 .714 4.1 1.1 .8 .2 10.1 9.3
2013–14 27 25 23.9 .412 .333 .745 4.2 1.7 1.7 .0 8.1 9.6
2014–15 Real Madrid 27 7 14.0 .370 .333 .724 2.4 1.0 .6 .1 3.9 4.3
2015–16 25 19 17.5 .469 .262 .828 1.8 .9 .6 .0 4.7 3.7
2016–17 29 27 16.4 .558 .500 .720 2.3 .8 .7 .1 6.1 7.0
Career
188 139 22.6 .494 .346 .707 3.4 1.1 1.2 .1 8.3 8.2

FIBA Champions LeagueEdit

[26]

Year Team GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 A.E.K. 17 23.9 .379 .343 .732 4.9 1.4 .8 .1 8.6

Domestic leaguesEdit

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Nevėžis LKL 25 26.8 .580 .290 .700 5.8 1.0 1.5 .2 13.6
Baltic League 14 29.8 .578 .172 .718 8.1 1.9 2.2 .6 13.5
2005–06 Žalgiris LKL 22 19.3 .566 .314 .710 4.2 1.1 1.5 .4 9.5
Baltic League 34 20.1 .574 .333 .742 4.7 1.3 1.4 .3 10.2
2006–07 LKL 21 21.2 .412 .333 .649 3.5 1.4 1.2 .4 8.5
Baltic League 22 25.0 .656 .346 .532 3.8 1.6 1.4 .4 10.9
2007–08 LKL 25 20.9 .633 .373 .770 2.6 1.2 1.2 .1 11.4
Baltic League 16 21.6 .556 .362 .813 4.3 1.9 1.4 .1 11.9
2008–09 LKL 29 27.5 .556 .403 .845 4.3 2.3 1.5 .3 14.5
Baltic League 19 28.1 .495 .277 .698 5.0 1.6 1.5 .2 12.5
2009–10 Armani Jeans Milano LBA 42 22.6 .566 .417 .810 3.4 .9 1.4 .2 9.0
2010–11 25 25.2 .475 .342 .709 4.4 1.8 1.9 .1 9.4
2011–12 Baltai LKL 7 33.8 .468 .394 .743 6.9 2.4 2.0 .0 19.6
Baltic League 7 25.3 .467 .308 .737 3.9 1.4 .7 .1 11.4
Montepaschi Siena LBA 4 12.8 .600 .400 1.000 1.5 1.8 1.3 .0 7.3
2012–13 Panathinaikos GBL 29 23.9 .564 .402 .714 4.1 1.1 .8 .2 10.1
2013–14 31 18.2 .593 .256 .750 2.9 1.7 .7 .3 7.0
2014–15 Real Madrid ACB 41 15.9 .472 .452 .750 2.3 .9 .8 .1 5.6
2018–19 A.E.K. GBL 20 24.1 .463 .441 .800 4.6 1.9 .9 .1 11.5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Jonas Maciulis Career Highlights". Nba.com. February 10, 1985.
  2. ^ "Jonas Mačiulis: Statistika". Zalgiris.lt.
  3. ^ "Season: 2008–2009 (Euroleague)". Eurobasket.com.
  4. ^ "Armani Jeans sign Maciulis, extend Katelynas". Eurobasket.com.
  5. ^ "Jonas Mačiulis signs with Baltai". Basketnews.lt.
  6. ^ Asta Žukaitė. "Jonas Mačiulis will play for free in Baltai". 15min.lt.
  7. ^ "Jonas Mačiulis powerfully returned to basketball after the injury and led Baltai to victory". 15min.lt. April 17, 2012.
  8. ^ "Mens Sana Siena officially signs Jonas Maciulis". Sportando.com. April 24, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  9. ^ "Panathinaikos adds Lithuanian Olympian Maciulis". Euroleague.net. July 24, 2012. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  10. ^ "Maciulis stays on for the Greens". paobc.gr. July 22, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  11. ^ "Panathinaikos BC Announcement". paobc.gr. June 12, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  12. ^ "Real Madrid lands forward Maciulis". Euroleague.net. Retrieved July 26, 2014.
  13. ^ "Real Madrid is Euroleague champion for record ninth time!". euroleague.net. May 17, 2015. Retrieved July 18, 2015.
  14. ^ "Real Madrid make it 4 out of 4". marca.com (in Spanish). June 24, 2015. Retrieved June 24, 2015.
  15. ^ "Geriausi 2015-ųjų Lietuvos krepšininkai – J. Mačiulis ir G. Petronytė". Krepšinis.lt. Retrieved December 21, 2015.
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  17. ^ Rimkus, Kęstutis. "Ispanijos sostinė ir "Real" yra Jono Mačiulio NBA". lrytas.lt. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  18. ^ "Official Announcement: Maciulis". Real Madrid C.F. March 2, 2018. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  19. ^ "Jonas Maciulis (ex Real Madrid) signs at Lokomotiv". eurobasket.com. March 6, 2018. Retrieved March 6, 2018.
  20. ^ "AEK B.C. signs Jonas Maciulis". www.aekbc.gr. August 9, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  21. ^ Archive.FIBA.com Jonas MACIULIS YOUTH LEVEL.
  22. ^ EroBasket 2013: Lithuania book spot in final Archived September 23, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
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  24. ^ "MAGICAL MACIULIS CONJURES UP DRAMATIC WIN". eurobasket2015.org. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  25. ^ "Gasol Headlines All-Star Five Presented By Tissot". EuroBasket2015.org. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  26. ^ http://www.championsleague.basketball/el/18-19/team/AEK

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