Euroleague Legend – Ramūnas Šiškauskas

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Photo: CSKA Moscow

Ramūnas Šiškauskas was named a Euroleague legend in 2014, two years after he retired. During his career, he was quite a surprising player, as he was almost 2.00m, but he was still fast, a good shot blocker and a great shooter. Some people even called Šiškauskas the ‘Baltic Pippen’, as his style of play reminded a lot of people of Scottie Pippen. Furthermore, he could be called one of the best one-on-one players in Europe.

He started his career back in Lithuania with Sakalai Vilnious and Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, where he already made an impact on the game. There, he was voted the MVP of the LKL twice (2001-2002) and voted as an All-Star in his last four season in the league. In the meantime, Šiškauskas had already played several tournaments with the Lithuanian national team, and he joined the team to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, where they won the bronze medal. As he had performed well in the last years, Šiškauskas decided to go and play with Benneton Treviso in Italy. There, he would get the chance to compete in the strongest league in Europe, the Euroleague. In his two seasons with that club, Benneton couldn’t really make an impact in the Euroleague, but they did perform well in the Italian league. In the 2005/2006 season, Benneton won the Italian league, and as Šiškauskas managed to make a great impact on the finals, he was voted the Finals MVP.

Photo: CSKA

Thereafter, when Zeljko Obradovich made clear he wanted to have Šiškauskas in his team, he signed a contract with Panathinaikos. There he won his first Euroleague title, the Greek League and the Greek Cup in one year. Though his numbers overall where belong his average that season, he had a great percentage from behind the arc.

That same year, he won a bronze medal at the Eurobasket with the Lithuanian team, which led to him being voted the Lithuanian Sportsman of the year. Šiškauskas left Panathinaikos after a year, and joined CSKA Moscow, one of the top contenders in the Euroleague. This turned out to be a great decision for him, as they immediately won the Euroleague title, a consecutive title for Šiškauskas. That season, Šiškauskas was also voted the Euroleague MVP. He definitely felt at home at CSKA, as he remained with that club for the remainder of his career. Though Šiškauskas only won one Euroleague title with CSKA, they were quite successful in the Russian league. They managed to win the Championship three times, in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Furthermore, Šiškauskas was named the Russian Final Four MVP (2008), All-Europe Player of the Year (2008), Russian League Player of the Year (2009).

In 2012, the same year they won the Russian Championship, CSKA also managed to reach the Euroleague finals, but partly because Šiškauskas missed two crucial free-throws, Šiškauskas, didn’t manage to win his third Euroleague title in his career. Soon after that final game, Šiškauskas announced his retirement from professional basketball, though he made clear his decision was made before the lost final. In 2017, Šiškauskas, started his career as a coach, when he became the assistant-coach of the Lithuanian national team.

Photo: CSKA Moscow

Ramūnas Šiškauskas was named a Euroleague legend in 2014, two years after he retired. During his career, he was quite a surprising player, as he was almost 2.00m, but he was still fast, a good shot blocker and a great shooter. Some people even called Šiškauskas the ‘Baltic Pippen’, as his style of play reminded a lot of people of Scottie Pippen. Furthermore, he could be called one of the best one-on-one players in Europe.

He started his career back in Lithuania with Sakalai Vilnious and Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, where he already made an impact on the game. There, he was voted the MVP of the LKL twice (2001-2002) and voted as an All-Star in his last four season in the league. In the meantime, Šiškauskas had already played several tournaments with the Lithuanian national team, and he joined the team to the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, where they won the bronze medal. As he had performed well in the last years, Šiškauskas decided to go and play with Benneton Treviso in Italy. There, he would get the chance to compete in the strongest league in Europe, the Euroleague. In his two seasons with that club, Benneton couldn’t really make an impact in the Euroleague, but they did perform well in the Italian league. In the 2005/2006 season, Benneton won the Italian league, and as Šiškauskas managed to make a great impact on the finals, he was voted the Finals MVP.

Photo: CSKA

Thereafter, when Zeljko Obradovich made clear he wanted to have Šiškauskas in his team, he signed a contract with Panathinaikos. There he won his first Euroleague title, the Greek League and the Greek Cup in one year. Though his numbers overall where belong his average that season, he had a great percentage from behind the arc.

That same year, he won a bronze medal at the Eurobasket with the Lithuanian team, which led to him being voted the Lithuanian Sportsman of the year. Šiškauskas left Panathinaikos after a year, and joined CSKA Moscow, one of the top contenders in the Euroleague. This turned out to be a great decision for him, as they immediately won the Euroleague title, a consecutive title for Šiškauskas. That season, Šiškauskas was also voted the Euroleague MVP. He definitely felt at home at CSKA, as he remained with that club for the remainder of his career. Though Šiškauskas only won one Euroleague title with CSKA, they were quite successful in the Russian league. They managed to win the Championship three times, in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Furthermore, Šiškauskas was named the Russian Final Four MVP (2008), All-Europe Player of the Year (2008), Russian League Player of the Year (2009).

In 2012, the same year they won the Russian Championship, CSKA also managed to reach the Euroleague finals, but partly because Šiškauskas missed two crucial free-throws, Šiškauskas, didn’t manage to win his third Euroleague title in his career. Soon after that final game, Šiškauskas announced his retirement from professional basketball, though he made clear his decision was made before the lost final. In 2017, Šiškauskas, started his career as a coach, when he became the assistant-coach of the Lithuanian national team.

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