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Arvydas Sabonis
Sabonis in 1996
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Personal information
Born December 19, 1964 (1964-12-19) (age 56)
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Nationality Lithuanian
Listed height 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
Listed weight 292 lb (132 kg)
Career information
NBA Draft 1986 / Round: 1 / Pick: 24th overall
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 1981–2005
Career history
1981–1989 Žalgiris
1989–1992 Fórum Valladolid
1992–1995 Real Madrid
1995–2001 Portland Trail Blazers
2001–2002 Žalgiris
2002–2003 Portland Trail Blazers
2003–2004 Žalgiris
Career highlights and awards
Titles
  • FIBA Club World Cup champion (1986)
  • EuroLeague champion (1995)
  • 3× USSR League champion (1985–1987)
  • 2× Spanish ACB League champion (1993, 1994)
  • Lithuanian LKL champion (2004)
  • Spanish Cup winner (1993)

Awards

  • FIBA's 50 Greatest Players (1991)
  • 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors (2008)
  • 6× Euroscar Player of the Year (1984, 1985, 1988, 1995, 1997, 1999)
  • 2× Mr. Europa Player of the Year (1985, 1997)
  • 4× Lithuanian Sportsman of the Year (1984–1986, 1996)
  • EuroBasket MVP (1985)
  • EuroLeague Final Four MVP (1995)
  • EuroLeague Regular Season MVP (2004)
  • EuroLeague Top 16 MVP (2004)
  • All-EuroLeague First Team (2004)
  • Italian All-Star Game MVP (1992)
  • 2× Spanish League Finals MVP (1993, 1994)
  • 2× Spanish League MVP (1994, 1995)
  • 2× EuroLeague Finals Top Scorer (1986, 1995)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1996)
  • No. 11 retired by Žalgiris Kaunas
Career NBA statistics
Points 5,629 (12.0 ppg)
Rebounds 3,436 (7.3 rpg)
Assists 964 (2.1 apg)

Arvydas Romas Sabonis (born December 19, 1964) is a Lithuanian retired professional basketball player and businessman. Recognized as one of the best European players of all time, he won the Euroscar six times, and the Mr. Europa Award twice. He played in a variety of leagues, and spent seven seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), in the United States. Playing the center position, Sabonis won a gold medal at the 1988 Summer Olympics, in South Korea, for the Soviet Union, and later earned bronze medals at the 1992 Olympic Games and 1996 Olympic Games, while representing Lithuania. He retired from professional basketball in 2005. Sabonis was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers, in the first round of the 1986 NBA draft, but he did not play his first NBA game until the age of 31, in 1995.

Sabonis is considered one of the best big man passers, as well as one of the best overall centers, in the history of the game. Bill Walton once called Sabonis, "a 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m) Larry Bird", due to his unique court vision, shooting range, rugged in-game mentality, and versatility.

On August 20, 2010, Sabonis was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame, in recognition of his great play in international competition. On April 4, 2011, Sabonis was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, and he was inducted on August 12, 2011. At that time, he was the tallest player to ever enter the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame; one year later, he would be surpassed by 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) Ralph Sampson. On October 24, 2011, Sabonis was voted as the next President of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation, replacing Vladas Garastas, who had led the LBF since 1991. He resigned from the position on October 2, 2013, but came back to it on October 10, 2013.

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