|Born||April 15, 1976|
Kaunas, Lithuanian SSR, USSR
|Listed height||6 ft 7 1⁄2 in (2.02 m)|
|Listed weight||222 lb (101 kg)|
|2000–2003||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|2004–2005||Lietuvos rytas Vilnius|
|2006–2007||UB La Palma|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kęstutis Šeštokas (born April 15, 1976) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player, who plays at the power forward position. He last played for Molėtai Ežerūnas-Karys basketball team. He is the only player who has won the domestic leagues (LKL, LBL, KML) of all three Baltic states. His major trophies include the Euroleague title in 1999,the ULEB Cup title in 2005 and the Saporta Cup in 1998 as well as many regional and domestic titles.
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