Zalgiris Kaunas - Did you know that...?

May 02, 2018 by Print
Zalgiris Kaunas - Did you know that...?

...Zalgiris has returned to the EuroLeague Final Four for the first time since 1999?

...Zalgiris's 19-year gap between Final Four appearances is the longest in Final Four history?

...Zalgiris is undefeated in Final Four action? In its only appearance in the event in 1999, Zalgiris defeated Olympiacos Piraeus (87-71) and Kinder Bologna (82-74) to lift the trophy!

...Coach Sarunas Jasikevivius has the chance to become the fourth person to win EuroLeague titles as a player and head coach? Jasikevicius won four EuroLeague titles as a player – two with Maccabi Tel Aviv and one each with FC Barcelona and Panathinaikos Athens. Armenak Alachachan, Lolo Sainz and Svetislav Pesic are the only men to have won the EuroLeague as both a player and coach in the past.

...Jasikevicius is the only player to win the EuroLeague with three different teams? Saras won his first EuroLeague with Barcelona in 2003 and went on to lift back-to-back trophies with Maccabi in 2004 and 2005 before winning the competition again with Panathinaikos in 2009.

...Jasikevicius, Zeljko Obradovic and Dimitris Itoudis won the EuroLeague title with Panathinaikos in 2009 as player, head coach and assistant coach, respectively? Nine years later, they are back as head coaches of Zalgiris, Fenerbahce and CSKA!

...Kevin Pangos can become the second Canadian to win the EuroLeague title? Anthony Bennett was the first one when he did so with Fenerbahce Istanbul last season. took Paulius Jankunas 295 EuroLeague career games to make it to the Final Four? That is the record for most games played before reaching European basketball's premier event. Ender Arslan is now the player with the most appearance in the competition to have never reached the EuroLeague Final Four with 243.

...Brandon Davies, the EuroLeague MVP for April, leads all centers in free throw shooting percentage? Davies has made 93 of 108 foul shots (86.1%), which makes him Zalgiris's most effective free throw shooter, too.

...Zalgiris leads the 2017-18 EuroLeague in three-point shooting? Zalgiris hit 243 of 573 attempts (42.4%) from downtown. Edgaras Ulanovas leads the team in three-point shooting (47.5%), followed by Pangos (47.1%) and Arturas Milaknis (45.4%).

...Zalgiris ranks last (16.9 per game) in three-point shots attempted? Milaknis (163) and Pangos (155) have combined for 55.5% of Zalgiris's three-point shots (573).

...six Zalgiris players – Axel Toupane, Martynas Sajus, Gytis Masiulis, Vasilije Micic, Martynas Arlauskas and Edgaras Ulanovas – have played at the Euroleague Basketball ADIDAS NEXT GENERATION TOURNAMENT in the past and are now in the Final Four? Three of them, Ulanovas, Micic and Toupane, made it to the final tournament in 2010. Micic's FMP won the title by downing Toupane's INSEP in the championship game.

...Gytis Masiulis's father is Tomas Masiulis, who won the EuroLeague title with Zalgiris Kaunas in 1999? The Masiulis saga continues, 19 years later!

...Beno Udrih played for Maccabi right before Sarunas Jasikevicius joined the team? Saras replaced Udrih and won back-to-back EuroLeague titles with Maccabi. Udrih is set to play his first Final Four at age 35.

...Jankunas leads the EuroLeague all-time standings in defensive rebounds (1,187)? He ranks second in total rebounds (1,672), trailing only Felipe Reyes of Real Madrid (1,729).

...Jankunas also ranks fourth all-time in scoring (2,841 points), fifth in performance index rating (3,470) and sixth in fouls drawn (880)?

...Darius Maskoliunas, who won the 1999 EuroLeague title with Zalgiris as a player, can lift the trophy again as one of the club's assistant coaches?