Domantas Sabonis Celebrity Life
Domantas Sabonis is a pro basketball player with roots in Lithuania. But don’t you think the last name ‘Sabonis’ sounds familiar? Well, it’s because Domantas’s father is Arvydas Sabonis, a member of the prestigious Basketball Hall of Fame. Guess the apple didn’t fall too far off from the tree!
Domantas was born on May 3rd, 1996 in Portland. He made his basketball debut at the age of 16 for Unicaja Málaga at the 2012 FIBA U-16 European Championship. His first match was against Cibona Zagreb on September 5, 2012.
In the 2012 –13 season, he was loaned to Clínicas Rincón. He got back to Unicaja Málaga in 2013 – 14 and started playing in Liga ACB in October 2013. His debut in the ACB made him the Unicaja Málaga’s youngest player to feature in the division.
It was then that Domanta actually stepped into his father’s shoes. In 2014, Sabonis junior was voted among the contenders for the top 10 FIBA Europe Young Men’s Player of the Year Award. In 2015, he played in a game with Lithuania men’s national team. He became the all-time youngest Lithuanian to debut in a game representing the primary men’s national team.
He was part of the Olympic team that represented Lithuania. However, quite surprisingly, after helping Unicaja Málaga’s junior team to secure Spain Youth Basketball League’s silver medal, Domantas refused to sign a 3-year offer with the team.
Sabonis started his international career when he was included in the Lithuania U-16 national team. On his debut in the NCAA Division I with Gonzaga University, he scored 14 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 2 assists with one steal and one block in just 20 minutes. In 2015, he was named West Coast Conference’s “Player of the Week”. He was also named to the All-WCC Second team.
Domantas had a beautiful second season with the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The season was characterized by many personal and club records. Some were created and smashed by him. What a kid! The head coach commented on his performance. He said that he’d never seen a player like him on the team. He further said that he admired Domantas’ consistency.
He almost doubled his first season’s stats. He was included in the First-team All-WCC and was decorated with honors by CoSIDA Academic. He was also one of the finalists in the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award.
In 2016, Domantas got signed up with the Wasserman Media Group for representation in the NBA draft. He was preparing for the bigger stage. He took part in four pre-draft workouts with the Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns, and Boston Celtics. He was picked by Orlando Magic. In August of 2016, he signed a contract with Oklahoma City Thunder.
He made his debut in October against Philadelphia 76ers and later started as a power forward. He became the first Oklahoma City Thunder to debut as a starting five-member since Kevin Durant. In his rookie season, he started 66 games out of 81. He was part of Team World that defeated Team USA 150 – 141 in the Rising Star Challenge.
In 2017, Domantas experienced some setbacks due to acquisition by Indiana Pacers. He missed the year’s NBA Summer League and EuroBasket 2017. However, he quickly bounced back by coming into the spotlight for becoming the first player in the team’s history to get a 20-15-10 mark since the team made its debut in the league.
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