Mantas Kalnietis (born September 6, 1986) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player in the Euroleague and the Lithuanian Basketball League with Žalgiris Kaunas. He is also a member of the Lithuanian national basketball team. He plays the point guard position

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mantas Kalnietis got maried in 2009. He’s wife was Mingailė. In late 2010 Mantas and Mingailė had a daughter name’d Grėtė.

 

Mantas’s Career      

Early years

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Kalnietis spent two and a half seasons with the LKKA-Žalgiris. He averaged 17.7 points and 4.3 assists in his second season.

 

Pro career

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Kalnietis made his pro debut in February 2006 with the Žalgiris of Kaunas. He averaged 6.8 points on 65 percent shooting in the Euroleague.

Kalnietis helped Žalgiris win a Baltic League title in 2008, two Lithuanian League titles in 2007 and 2008 and two Lithuanian Cups in 2007 and 2008. He also led the team to a 2007 ULEB Summer League title, where he was named MVP.

Kalnietis had a breakout season in 2008-09, when he averaged 11.3 points in the Lithuanian League and 8.5 points and 3.0 assists in the Euroleague. He scored a career-high 20 points in a loss against the Montepaschi Siena on December 10, 2008

Kalnietis signed a three-year contract with the Benetton Treviso in June 2009. However, because he has another one-year contract with Žalgiris Kaunas, FIBA arbiter’s decided that he belongs to Žalgiris. On December 27, 2010 he signed a three-year extension with his hometown club Žalgiris Kaunas.

Awards

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BBL Slam Dunk Champion (2007)

4x LKL All-Star (2007, 2009, 2010, 2011)

ULEB Summer League MVP (2007)

LKL Slam Dunk Champion (2008)

 

Medal records

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Competitor for  Lithuania

FIBA European U-20 Championship

Silver     :  2005 Russia  National Team

World Championships

Bronze: Turkey 2010   National team