Darius Songaila

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Darius Songaila
Darius Songaila by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Songaila playing for Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
San Antonio Spurs
PositionPlayer development assistant
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1978-02-14) February 14, 1978 (age 41)
Marijampolė, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school New Hampton School
(New Hampton, New Hampshire)
College Wake Forest (1998–2002)
NBA draft 2002 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall
Selected by the Boston Celtics
Playing career2002–2015
Position Power forward / Center
Number25, 9
Coaching career2015–present
Career history
As player:
2002–2003 CSKA Moscow
20032005 Sacramento Kings
2005–2006 Chicago Bulls
20062009 Washington Wizards
2009–2010 New Orleans Hornets
2010–2011 Philadelphia 76ers
2011–2012 Galatasaray
2012 Blancos de Rueda Valladolid
2012–2013 Donetsk
2013–2014 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2014–2015 Žalgiris Kaunas
As coach:
2015–2018Žalgiris Kaunas (assistant)
2018–2019San Antonio Spurs (player development coach)
Career highlights and awards

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points 3,415 (6.9 ppg)
Rebounds 1,689 (3.4 rpg)
Assists 589 (1.2 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Darius Songaila (born February 14, 1978) is a Lithuanian professional basketball coach and former player. He is currently the player development assistant for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has represented the Lithuania national team. He played at the power forward and center positions.


Early years

Songaila started his basketball career with Lietuvos rytas Marijampolė in second-tier Lithuanian league, the LKAL in 1995. [1] In 1997, he moved to the United States where he attended the New Hampton School in New Hampton, New Hampshire. Songaila played the Nike Hoop Summit in 1998. He was also named to the All-European Under-22 Championship Second Team.

College career

Darius Songaila played college basketball at Wake Forest University. He was named Third Team All-ACC in 2000 and Second Team All-ACC in 2002. He was also named Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press as a senior.

Professional career

Songaila defending LeBron James Darius Songaila NBA 16.jpg
Songaila defending LeBron James
Songaila during his tenure with the Washington Wizards Darius Songaila Wizards.jpg
Songaila during his tenure with the Washington Wizards

Songaila was selected with the 50th pick of the 2002 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, who eventually dealt his rights to the Sacramento Kings. [2]

He joined CSKA Moscow for the 2002–03 season and won the Russian Basketball Super League. He signed with the Kings in June 2003, and averaged 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 154 games (28 starts) over two seasons.

Songaila signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls in September 2005. [3] He had his most successful season yet with the Bulls, averaging 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 62 games (7 starts). However, he suffered an ankle injury in March 2006 and missed the final 20 games.

On July 17, 2006, Songaila signed with the Washington Wizards. The deal reportedly was worth $23 million over five years. [4] He missed the first 45 games after a surgery for a herniated disc and averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds in 37 games (1 start).

Songaila eventually became a big part of the Wizards' bench and an occasional starter. He averaged 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 2007–08. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Songaila became a starter because of the injuries suffered by teammates Brendan Haywood and Andray Blatche. He started a career-high 29 games and averaged 7.4 points and 2.9 rebounds.

On June 23, 2009, he was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Oleksiy Pecherov, Etan Thomas, and a first-round draft pick for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. [5]

On September 9, 2009, he was traded to the New Orleans Hornets along with Bobby Brown in exchange for Antonio Daniels and a 2014 second round pick. [6]

On September 23, 2010, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers along with rookie forward Craig Brackins in exchange for Willie Green and Jason Smith. [7] Songaila had career lows with the 76ers, notably in points (1.6 ppg). With the 2010–11 season coming to an end, he became an unrestricted free agent.

In July 2011, he signed a one-year contract with Galatasaray in Turkey worth $1.5 million. [8]

In March 2012, several weeks after leaving Galatasaray, Songaila signed with Blancos de Rueda Valladolid. Later that year, he signed with BC Donetsk. [9]

On October 8, 2013, he signed with Lietuvos rytas Vilnius for one season. [10] On July 22, 2014, he signed a one-year deal with Žalgiris Kaunas. [11]

At the end of the 2014–15 season, he retired from the professional basketball. [12]

Career statistics


Regular season

2003–04 Sacramento 73713.4.487.000.8073.
2004–05 Sacramento 812120.6.527.000.8474.
2005–06 Chicago 62721.4.481.400.8174.
2006–07 Washington 37118.9.524.000.8523.
2007–08 Washington 801319.4.458.000.9183.
2008–09 Washington 772919.8.532.000.8892.
2009–10 New Orleans 75118.8.494.167.8113.
2010–11 Philadelphia 1007.1.467.000.5001.


2004 Sacramento 7012.1.625.0001.0001.
2005 Sacramento 5015.0.421.000.8002.
2007 Washington 4022.5.488.0001.0003.
2008 Washington 5015.4.421.000.8672.


  GPGames 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 PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

2002–03 CSKA Moscow 181621.6.475.286.8473.
2011–12 Galatasaray 101015.3.455.000.7142.
2013–14 Lietuvos rytas 10821.9.473.000.6674.
2014–15 Žalgiris 24214.5.492.000.7782.

Coaching career

On August 5, 2015 Songaila was appointed as an assistant coach for Žalgiris Kaunas. [13] [14] [15]

In August 2018, he became a quality assurance assistant in the video department for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). [16] In September 2019, Songaila was promoted to a player development assistant. [17]

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