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Marius Grigonis (born 26 April 1994) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League. He can play both guard positions, as well as the small forward position.

Marius Grigonis
Marius Grigonis (2016 Summer Olympics).jpg
No. 40 – Žalgiris Kaunas
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
LeagueLithuanian Basketball League
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 25)
Kaunas, Lithuania
NationalityLithuanian
Listed height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
NBA draft2016 / Undrafted
Playing career2009–present
Career history
2009–2014Žalgiris Kaunas
2009-2013Žalgiris-2
2013–2014Peñas Huesca
2014–2016Manresa
2016–2017Iberostar Tenerife
2017–2018Alba Berlin
2018–presentŽalgiris Kaunas
Career highlights and awards

Early careerEdit

Before starting his professional career, Grigonis played in the NKL with the Žalgiris-Arvydas Sabonis school for four seasons. He was an important contributor to the team during his debut season, and established himself as a leader by his third season. He won bronze medals during his last two seasons with the Sabonis school team.

Professional careerEdit

On 15 May 2013, Grigonis was brought into the main Žalgiris roster for a game against BC Nizhny Novgorod in the VTB United League. According to the new Žalgiris director P. Motiejūnas, Grigonis will see more playing time next season.[1]

Playing in Spain (2013–2017)Edit

For the 2013–14 season, Grigonis was loaned to the Spanish second division team Peñas Huesca. He was included in the All-LEB Oro team.[2]

On 14 August 2014, Grigonis signed a two-year deal with Bàsquet Manresa of the Liga ACB. After spending two seasons with Manresa, he signed a "2+1" deal with Iberostar Tenerife on 28 July 2016.[3] He was named the Final Four MVP of the Basketball Champions League 2016–17 season. On 13 July 2017, Grigonis parted ways with Tenerife.[4]

ALBA Berlin (2017–2018)Edit

On 13 July 2017, he signed a three-year deal with German club Alba Berlin.[5]

Return to Žalgiris (2018–present)Edit

On 3 July 2018, Grigonis returned to Žalgiris Kaunas when he signed a three-year contract.[6]

National team careerEdit

Grigonis represented Lithuania in the U–16, U–18, U–19 and U–20 youth tournaments. He led his team to two silver medals and a bronze medal while participating in four tournaments. During the 2012 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship semifinal game, he scored the winning shot against Serbia. As a result of his contributions to the team's success, he was chosen to be included in the All–Tournament Team.[7] In 2014, coach Jonas Kazlauskas included Grigonis in the preliminary 24–player candidate list for the senior national basketball team.[8] Though, he was invited to the national team training camp for the first time only in 2016 and immediately qualified into the Olympic roster.[9][10]

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.

EuroLeagueEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2018–19 Žalgiris Kaunas 34 18 20.4 .466 .442 .935 2.1 1.9 .6 .2 8.7 9.3
Career 34 18 20.4 .466 .442 .935 2.1 1.9 .6 .2 8.7 9.3

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Sueños e ilusiones en el quinteto ideal de la temporada 2013/14 Archived 11 April 2014 at the Wayback Machine; FEB.es, 9 April 2014
  3. ^ Vanagas, Tomas. "Oficialu: Marius Grigonis keliasi į Tenerifės komandą". BasketNews.lt. Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Iberostar Tenerife parts ways with Marius Grigonis, signs Rosco Allen". Sportando.com. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  5. ^ "ALBA inks shooting ace Grigonis". Eurocupbasketball.com. 13 July 2017. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
  6. ^ "Zalgiris product Grigonis comes back to Kaunas". Zalgiris.lt. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  7. ^ [2]
  8. ^ LTU - Numerous options as Kazlauskas announces list for Spain 2014 (in English)
  9. ^ "J. Kazlauskas apsisprendė: rinktinės sąrašas – be L. Lekavičiaus, bet su naujais veidais". Krepsinis.lt. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Jonas Kazlauskas paskelbė galutinį Lietuvos rinktinės dvyliktuką". 24sek.lt. Retrieved 16 July 2016.

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