Friday, July 5, 2024

Giorgos Kalaitzakis Joins Lietkabelis

Giorgos Kalaitzakis is embarking on a new chapter in his basketball career with his recent signing to Lietkabelis. The Lithuanian team announced the acquisition of the 25-year-old Greek guard/forward on July 5th, marking an exciting addition to their roster.

Lietkabelis' Announcement

In their official announcement, Lietkabelis expressed their enthusiasm for their new player:
"We are thrilled to welcome Giorgos Kalaitzakis to the Lietkabelis family. Giorgos brings a wealth of experience and talent to our team, and we are confident that he will play a significant role in our upcoming season. His versatility and skills will be valuable assets as we aim for success in both the Lithuanian league and the EuroCup."

Giorgos Kalaitzakis' Career

Born on January 2, 1999, in Heraklion, Greece, Kalaitzakis stands at 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 meters) and plays as a shooting guard and small forward. His journey in professional basketball began with Panathinaikos Athens, where he played sporadically from the 2015-2016 season through the 2018-2019 season. His performances, although limited in minutes, showcased his potential.

In the 2019-2020 season, Kalaitzakis had his first stint in Lithuania with Nevezis. During this season, he demonstrated his scoring and playmaking abilities, averaging 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. His experience in Lithuania was a formative period that helped him develop his game further.

Kalaitzakis returned to Panathinaikos for the 2020-2021 season, contributing 3.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. He then ventured to the NBA, signing with the Milwaukee Bucks for the 2021-2022 season. His time with the Bucks was brief, but he also played for their G-League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, where he averaged 11.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game in three appearances.

Kalaitzakis continued his NBA journey with the Oklahoma City Thunder and their G-League team, the Oklahoma City Blue. With the Thunder, he had a standout performance, averaging 17.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game over four games.

Returning to Greece for the 2022-2023 season, Kalaitzakis played for Panathinaikos once more, contributing 6.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game. His most recent season was with the Tigers Tübingen in Germany, where he averaged 10.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game.

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