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Darius Songaila (born February 14, 1978) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets. He is also a member of the Lithuania national team. He can play power forward and center positions.

Early years

Songaila attended the New Hampton High Schoolmarker in New Hampton, New Hampshiremarker. He played the Nike Hoop Summit in 1998. He was also named to the All-European Under-22 Championship 2nd Team.

College career

Songaila played college basketball at Wake Forest Universitymarker. He was named 3rd Team All-ACC in 2000 and 2nd-Team All-ACC in 2002. He was also named Honorable Mention All-American by the Associated Press as a senior.

NBA career

Songaila was selected by the Boston Celtics with the 49th pick of the 2002 NBA Draft, who eventually dealt his rights to the Sacramento Kings.

He joined the CSKA Moscow for the 2002–03 season and won the Russian Basketball Super League.

Songaila signed with the Kings in June 2003. He averaged 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds in 154 games (28 starts) with the Kings over two seasons.

Songaila signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Bulls in September 2005. 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 5 years. 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.

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.

NBA career statistics

Regular season

2003–04
Sacramento
73 7 13.4 .487 .000 .807 3.1 .7 .6 .2 4.6
2004–05
Sacramento
81 21 20.6 .527 .000 .847 4.2 1.4 .6 .2 7.5
2005–06
Chicago
62 7 21.4 .481 .400 .817 4.0 1.4 .6 .3 9.2
2006–07
Washington
37 1 18.9 .524 .000 .852 3.6 1.0 .5 .3 7.6
2007–08
Washington
80 13 19.4 .458 .000 .918 3.4 1.7 .7 .2 6.2
2008–09
Washington
77 29 19.8 .532 .000 .889 2.9 1.2 .8 .3 7.4
Career
410 78 18.9 .500 .154 .851 3.5 1.3 .6 .2 7.0

Playoffs

2003–04
Sacramento
7 0 12.1 .625 .000 1.000 1.9 .3 .0 .1 3.7
2004–05
Sacramento
5 0 15.0 .421 .000 .800 2.8 .6 .4 .2 4.0
2006–07
Washington
4 0 22.5 .488 .000 1.000 3.3 1.0 .8 .0 10.8
2007–08
Washington
5 0 15.4 .421 .000 .867 2.6 .8 .2 .0 5.8
Career
21 0 15.6 .484 .000 .897 2.5 .6 .3 .1 5.6

References

  1. Agent: Songaila signs 5-year, $23M deal with Wizards
  2. Source: Foye, Miller head to Wiz


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