Paulius Jankūnas (born 29 April 1984) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Žalgiris Kaunas of the Lithuanian Basketball League and the EuroLeague. He is also a member of the senior Lithuanian national team. Jankūnas can play at either center or power forward, with power forward being his main position. He earned an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2018.
Jankūnas, in 2018.
|No. 13 – Žalgiris Kaunas|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|League||Lithuanian Basketball League|
|Born||29 April 1984|
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 8.75 in (2.05 m)|
|Listed weight||236 lb (107 kg)|
|NBA draft||2006 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jankūnas played two seasons with the LKKA-Žalgiris, he and led them to a LKAL (Lithuanian League 2nd Division) title in 2003. He was named the MVP, after averaging 20.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.
Jankūnas made his pro debut with the Lithuanian club Žalgiris, in the 2003–04 season. When asked about playing with European basketball legend Arvydas Sabonis, in his rookie season, Jankūnas responded: "No doubt it was the most remarkable season. It was fantastic to play with Arvydas Sabonis. I was very young, and it was very exciting. In the beginning, I was a little bit afraid and uncomfortable, but later things got easy, and I learned a lot from him. When I was a kid, I used to watch him playing on TV, and never dared to dream that I would be playing with Arvydas Sabonis. One day I woke up, and Sabonis was my teammate. It was great. He had huge experience, and gave a lot of advice to me. It was a big honor to play with him, and I hope I learned something from Sabonis."
He was originally an early entry candidate for the 2005 NBA draft, before withdrawing his name from consideration. Jankūnas helped Žalgiris win three Baltic League titles, in 2005, 2008, and 2011, six Lithuanian League titles, in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2012, and four Lithuanian Cups, in 2007, 2008, 2011, and 2012.
He averaged 13.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, in the 2008–09 EuroLeague season, and scored a season-high 23 points, in a win against Asseco Prokom Sopot, on 18 December 2008. However, Žalgiris finished with a 2-8 record, and did not qualify to the competition's Top 16. Jankūnas was named the 2009 Baltic League MVP, after averaging 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
National team careerEdit
Lithuanian junior national teamEdit
Jankūnas was a member of the Lithuanian junior national teams. He played at the 2003 FIBA Under-19 World Cup, where the Lithuanians won silver medals. Jankūnas led the 2004 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship in rebounding (12.3 rebounds per game), in addition to posting 12.5 points per game.
Lithuanian senior national teamEdit
Jankūnas was a member of the senior Lithuania national team that finished in fifth place at the EuroBasket 2005. He averaged 8.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, during the tournament. He also helped the Lithuanians win a bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2007, and another bronze medal, at the 2010 FIBA World Championship.
A well built 2.05 m (6 ft. 8 3⁄4 in.) tall power forward, Jankūnas is a very good rebounder, and is also a good scorer. He prefers to score on the inside, and he often draws fouls from opposing team's players. He can also play as a stretch four, due to his consistent mid-range and three point shot.
|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.
Jankūnas married his wife, Ieva, in the summer of 2007.
- Paulius Jankunas Prospect Profile
- Paulius Jankunas, Zalgiris Kaunas
- Paulius Jank8nas: Sezono lygos statistika
- Euroleague Regular Season 2008-09 Standings
- Paulius Jankunas – The regular season MVP of the SEB BBL Elite Division Archived 2 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine
- Thank you, Jorge! Hello, Paulius!
- Zalgiris brings back Jankunas Euroleague.net
- "2017-18 All-EuroLeague Second Team presented by 7DAYS". euroleague.net. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- Euroleague.net interview: Paulius Jankunas, Zalgiris
- Jankūnas šeštadienį veda mokyklos laikų meilę