Ramūnas Šiškauskas ([rɐˈmûːnɐs ɕɪʃˈkɐ̂ˑʊskɐs] (listen), born September 10, 1978) is a former Lithuanian professional basketball player and basketball coach. At a listed height of 6'6" (1.98 m) tall, he could play at both the shooting guard and small forward positions. His individual accolades as a player include a EuroLeague MVP award, four All-EuroLeague Team selections, as well as an All-EuroBasket Team designation. On May 16, 2014, Šiškauskas was named a EuroLeague Basketball Legend.
Šiškauskas with CSKA Moscow in 2011
|Born||September 10, 1978|
Kaišiadorys, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|NBA draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|1998–2004||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|Career highlights and awards|
|As a player:
During his playing career, Šiškauskas won two EuroLeague titles, one each with Panathinaikos Athens and CSKA Moscow, in 2007 and 2008, and reached two more EuroLeague Finals with CSKA, in 2009 and 2012. He was a member of the senior Lithuanian national team that won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2003. As a member of Lithuania's national team, he also won the bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics, and the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2007.
Professional playing careerEdit
Šiškauskas made his pro debut with Sakalai in 1996. He played two seasons with the club, averaging 11.3 points, on 60 percent shooting.
In 1998, Šiškauskas signed with Lietuvos Rytas of Vilnius. He played there until the 2003–04 season, and led the team to Lithuanian League titles in 2000 and 2002, and a Northern Europe League title in 2002. In 2002–03, he had his most successful season, averaging 16.4 points, on 68 percent shooting, and 3.4 rebounds.
Šiškauskas joined Benetton Treviso in 2004. He led them to an Italian League title in 2006, where he was named the Finals MVP, and to an Italian Cup title in 2005. He played in 32 EuroLeague games over two seasons with Benetton, and averaged 12.3 points, on 60 percent shooting.
In 2006, Šiškauskas signed with Panathinaikos, and he helped them win the EuroLeague in 2007. He averaged 11 points, on 51 percent shooting for the championship team. With Panathinaikos, he also won a Greek League title, and the Greek Cup, in 2007.
Šiškauskas joined CSKA Moscow in 2007. He helped to lead them to a EuroLeague title in 2008, and helped them reach the EuroLeague Final in 2009. Which, however, CSKA lost to Šiškauskas' former team, Panathinaikos. On May 1, 2009, he scored a career-high 29 points against Barcelona. Šiškauskas also won five Russian Championship titles (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012).
On May 13, 2012, Šiškauskas missed two vital free-throws, with 10 seconds remaining in CSKA's EuroLeague Finals game against Olympiacos Piraeus, which proved crucial in CSKA's 62 to 61 loss. He also missed the last second three-point shot in CSKA's EuroLeague Finals game against Panathinaikos, on May 3, 2009, which meant that CSKA lost that final, by a score of 73 to 71.
Only one week after the 2012 EuroLeague Finals game, on May 21, 2012, Šiškauskas announced his retirement from playing professional basketball. On May 16, 2014, Šiškauskas was named a EuroLeague Basketball Legend.
National team careerEdit
Lithuanian junior national teamEdit
Šiškauskas played with the junior national teams of Lithuania. With Lithuania's junior national team, he played at the 1998 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship.
Lithuanian senior national teamEdit
Šiškauskas was a member of the senior men's Lithuanian national basketball teams that won the bronze medal at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games, and the bronze medal at the EuroBasket 2007. He was also a member of the Lithuanian team that won the gold medal at the EuroBasket 2003. He also played at the EuroBasket 2001, at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games, at the EuroBasket 2005, and at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games.
After the 2008 Summer Olympics, he officially announced that he was stepping down from the Lithuanian National Team, as a player.
Šiškauskas was a physical small forward (198 cm or 6'6" tall), who could also easily play, both on offense and defense, at the both point guard and shooting guard positions, on the wing, and also in the paint. His excellent leaping ability, and his quickness, made him a surprising shot blocker, and one of the best one-on-one players and swingmen in Europe. He was considered the best defensive player of the senior Lithuanian national basketball team. He led the 2003–04 season of the Lithuanian League, in free throw percentage (90.6%).
Awards and achievementsEdit
Pro playing careerEdit
- Ramūnas Šiškauskas
- 2× Lithuanian League Champion: (2000, 2002)
- 2× Lithuanian League MVP: (2001, 2002)
- Lithuanian League Finals MVP: (2001)
- 4× Lithuanian League All-Star: (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004)
- North European League: Champion (2002)
- Italian Cup Winner: (2005)
- Italian League Champion: (2006)
- Italian League Finals MVP: (2006)
- Greek Cup Winner: (2007)
- 4× All-EuroLeague Team:
- 2× EuroLeague Champion: (2007, 2008)
- Greek League Champion: (2007)
- Triple Crown Champion: (2007)
- Greek League Best Five: (2007)
- Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year: (2007)
- EuroLeague MVP: (2008)
- 5× Russian League Champion: (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
- Russian League Player of the Year: (2009)
- VTB United League Final Four MVP: (2008)
- All-Europe Player of the Year: (2008)
- EuroLeague 2001–10 All-Decade Team: (2010)
- Russian Cup: Winner (2010)
- Russian League All-Star: (2011)
- Russian League All-Symbolic Second Team: (2011)
- 3× VTB United League Champion: (2008, 2010, 2012)
- EuroLeague Basketball Legend: (2014)
Lithuanian senior national team as a playerEdit
|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.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Šiškauskas won the EuroLeague|
|Led the league|
- 47. 6' 6" 220 1978 Lithuanian Ramunas Siskauskas---CSKA Moscow--Russia.
- Siskauskas named Euroleague Basketball Legend (in English)
- Euroleague.net Box Score Panathinaikos vs. CSKA Moscow.
- "Euroleague classic Ramunas Siskauskas retires from basketball". Euroleague. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
- Siskauskas named Euroleague Basketball Legend (in English)
- Ramunas Siskauskas joins Lithuanian NT’s staff.