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Arnoldas Kulboka
Kulboka with Bilbao Basket in 2019
No. 98 – Promitheas Patras
Power forward / Small forward
Personal information
Born (1998-01-04) 4 January 1998 (age 25)
Marijampolė, Lithuania
Listed weight 104 kg (229 lb)
Career information
NBA Draft 2018 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Pro career 2014–present
League Greek Basket League
Career history
2014–2015 Žalgiris-2
2015–2019 Brose Bamberg
2015–2017 → Baunach Young Pikes
2017–2018 → Orlandina
2019–2021 Bilbao
2021–2022 Charlotte Hornets
2021–2022 → Greensboro Swarm
2022–present Promitheas Patras
Career highlights and awards
  • German Cup winner (2019)
  • Champions League Best Young Player (2018)
  • All-ACB Best Young Players Team (2020)
Men's basketball
Representing  Lithuania
FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship
Silver 2016 Turkey U18 National Team
Bronze 2015 Greece U18 National Team

Arnoldas Kulboka (born 4 January 1998) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for Promitheas Patras of the Greek Basket League and the EuroCup. He was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 55th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft. Standing at 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in), he can play at both forward positions.

Professional career

Žalgiris-2 (2014–2015)

Kulboka played in the youth ranks of Žalgiris Kaunas with the club's reserve team, Žalgiris-2 Kaunas.

Brose Bamberg (2015–2017)

Kulboka signed a five-year deal with German powerhouse Brose Bamberg in August 2015. In his first year, he exclusively saw action on their affiliated teams in the German under-19 youth Bundesliga NBBL (TSV Breitengüßbach), and in the second German division 2. Bundesliga ProA (Baunach Young Pikes). He helped Breitengüßbach capture the 2016 NBBL title, while averaging 6.4 points, as well as 1.5 rebounds a contest for Baunach in ProA play. In 2016, he attended the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in Toronto, Canada, as well as the Adidas Eurocamp in Treviso.

In the 2016–17 season, he improved his stats to 14.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2 assists per game for Baunach in ProA action. On 1 May 2017, Kulboka made his debut for Brose Bamberg in Germany's top-tier level Basketball Bundesliga, in a 61–74 win over Science City Jena, in which he recorded 13 points and 5 rebounds.

In June 2017, Kulboka participated in adidas Eurocamp. He was named best sniper of the camp, by scoring 10 three-pointers in a row. Furthermore, he was also named to the First Team All-Eurocamp 2017. During the same year, he declared for the 2017 NBA draft, but withdrew on 12 June.

Orlandina (2017–2018)

On 14 July 2017, Kubolka joined Orlandina Basket of the Italian top-tier level Serie A, on a loan. After averaging 10.3 points, 5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game during the 2017–18 Basketball Champions League season, he was named the league's Best Young Player of the season.

Return to Bamberg (2018–2019)

On 23 July 2018, Brose Bamberg announced that Kulboka would return to the team.

Bilbao (2019–2021)

On 6 August 2019, Kulboka signed with Spanish club RETAbet Bilbao Basket. He averaged 8.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in his first season with the team. On June 12, 2020, Kulboka extended his contract for two seasons. In the summer of 2021, he left Bilbao after receiving an offer from the Charlotte Hornets.

Charlotte Hornets (2021–2022)

Near the end of the 2017–18 season, Kulboka would enter his name in the 2018 NBA draft, being one of only 11 international players to declare for the draft early that year. On 21 June 2018, he was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets, in the second round (55th overall). He represented Hornets during the 2018 NBA Summer League. During his debut game he scored 12 points per 13 minutes and helped his team to achieve an 88–87 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Kulboka represented Hornets during the 2019 NBA Summer League once again. He played his best game versus the China men's national basketball team, scoring 18 points and grabbing 4 rebounds.

On 3 August 2021, the Charlotte Hornets signed Kulboka to a two-way contract for the 2021–22 season. Under the terms of the deal, he will split time between the Hornets and their NBA G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm.

On 11 December 2021, Kulboka debuted as a Charlotte Hornets member during an NBA game and played 3 minutes.

Promitheas Patras (2022–present)

On 5 July 2022, Kulboka signed a one-year contract with Greek club Promitheas Patras.

National team career

At the junior youth levels, Kulboka has represented Lithuania on the international stage on several occasions, including at the 2014 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship and the 2015 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship. He scored a team-high 15.7 points a game in the 2016 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, en route to a silver medal. He also competed for Lithuania in the 2017 FIBA Under-19 Basketball World Cup, averaging a team-high 13.7 points per contest. On 26 February 2018, Kulboka debuted as a member of the senior Lithuanian national team, by scoring nine points, grabbing five rebounds and dishing out two assists, and helped to crush Kosovo's national team, by a score of 106–50, during the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification.

Career statistics

  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  Bold  Career high


2021–22 Charlotte 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0
Career 2 0 2.5 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 .0

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