Lithuanian players drafted to the NBA but never played

Robertas Javtokas Photo by Erikas Ovčarenko 15min

Lithuania is known for its love of Basketball, and they have been quite impressive in the game. The Lithuanian has been tagged to be one of the countries with the strongest teams in the world. There is Artūras Karnišovas, who score over 1400 points for Lithuania national basketball team alone and there is also Rimas Kurtinaitis, who is regarded as the country’s best three-point shooter, and Pranas Lubinas, who are all recognized as legendary Lithuanian basketball players in history.

In today’s article, however, we will not be looking at the best basketball players but instead listing names of Lithuanian basketball players, who were drafted into the famous NBA, but failed to play a single game, of which casino Australia was quite hopeful for at the time.

Artūras Gudaitis

Arturas Gudaitis began his professional basketball journey with Zalgiris Kaunas, where he had his breakthrough season in his second campaign with the Lithuanian team. He was given the Top Play of the Regular Season for a powerful dunk he made in the 2014/15 LKL season.

Artūtas Gudaitis, photo by Erikas Ovčerenko from 15min

In 2015, Guaditis announced to the media that he will be taking part in the 2015 NBA Draft, and it was confirmed that over 11 teams in the league were interested in acquiring his services. Gudaitis was picked in the second round; with a 47th pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. With the prospect he showed in his country league, fans were expecting to see him shine in the NBA. However, that dream never happened even after he was acquired by Sacramento Kings one month later. It was previously announced that the Lithuanian center will be playing for the Kings in the 2016 NBA Summer League, but this never happened as he returned to his homeland to join Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, where he won the King Mindaugas Cup.

He enjoyed a successful spell in Italy, where he played for Olimpia Milano helping them win the Italian Lega Basket title and two Italian Supercup titles. He currently plays for Russian team Zenit St Petersburg of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague.

Robertas Javtokas

Robertas Javtokas began his professional career with Lietuvos Rytas in the Lithuanian League, where he quickly emerged as one of the best centers. In 2001 he was the 56th overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft after he was selected by the San Antonio Spurs. The team held onto his NBA draft rights till he retired from basketball. But before that he made his name known in Europe having won the Lithuanian League nine times, two Lithuanian Cups, and following spells in Greece, Russia, and Spain, he has been able to win become a EuroLeague champion, won Baltic League title twice, winning the Greek League and Cup. Javtokas was a very successful basketball player outside the NBA, which us online casinos have basically covered with odds for their fans.

There are also honorable mentions like Arndoldas Kulboka, who was the 55th pick by Charlotte Hornets, Eurelijus Žukauskas the 54th pick by Seattle SuperSonics, Deividas Sirvydis 37th pick by Dallas Mavericks and Renaldas Seibutis, who is the 50th pick and was also selected by Dallas Mavericks.

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