Kleiza, Linas
Background
2005-06 (Denver): Played in 61 games as a rookie, starting twice … Averaged 3.5 ppg and 1.9 rpg in 8.5 minutes … Scored in double figures four times … Had a season-high 17 points in a season-high 34 minutes at Seattle on 4/19 … Scored 16 points in a starting role at Utah on 4/12 … DNP-CD 19 times … Missed one game (3/17) due to a sprained left ankle and was a healthy inactive once (11/1) … Averaged 11.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg in his two starts this season … Scored 10 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds vs. Utah on 1/20 … Made first NBA start vs. the Hornets on 11/30 … Played in his first career NBA game and scored two points and pulled down three rebounds in three minutes vs. Portland on 11/4 … Played in six games for the Nuggets at the Reebok Vegas Summer League, averaging 15.2 ppg and 6.2 rpg … Shot .541 (33-61) from the field and .862 (25-29) from the free-throw line.

INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE: Averaged 10.1 ppg and 5.6 rpg for Lithuania at the 2006 FIBA World Championships … Played on the Lithuanian Junior National Team which took second place at the 2003 World Junior Championships … Led the tournament in scoring, averaging 29.1 ppg on .584 shooting in eight games.

COLLEGE: Named Honorable Mention All-Big 12 by the league coaches as a sophomore … Earned All-Tournament honors at the 2005 Big 12 Tournament after averaging 29.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg in two games … Posted 13 career double-doubles … 2004-05: Led team in scoring (16.1 ppg), rebounding (7.6 rpg) and minutes played (31.5 mpg), becoming the first player to lead the squad in those three categories since the 1998-99 season … Ranked ninth in the Big 12 in scoring and fifth in rebounding … Registered 20 or more points nine times and reached the 30-point mark twice … Scored career-high 33 points, shooting 17-for-19 from the free throw line, vs. Oklahoma in the second round of the Big 12 Tournament … Posted 26 points and 11 rebounds vs. Nebraska in the first round … Tallied 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds in the regular season finale vs. Kansas … Posted 18 points and 13 rebounds vs. Oklahoma … Made all 13 free throw attempts on his way to scoring 24 points at Oklahoma State ... Notched 31 points vs. Nebraska … Scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds vs. Illinois … Led team with 23 points vs. DePaul in the first round of the postseason NIT … 2003-04: Averaged 11.1 ppg and 8.4 rpg in 23.1 minutes … Was the team’s third-leading scorer and top rebounder before missing the last 14 games of the season due to a dislocated right shoulder.
Personal

Name is pronounced (LIN-as CLAY-za). Has an older brother, Zilvinas. Is the second Lithuanian-born player to play for the Nuggets, joining Sarunas Marciulionis. Attended Marciulionis’ basketball school as a youth and then attended Merkurijus. Speaks four languages: English, Lithuanian, Russian and German. Also speaks a little Spanish Likes to watch TV and movies in his spare time. Favorite TV shows are “Friends” and “Everybody Loves Raymond”. Favorite movie of all time is “Gladiator”. Favorite actor is Robert DeNiro. Listens to all types of music and lists Eminem and 50 Cent among his favorites. Parents moved to the U.S. in the mid-‘90s and he came over at the age of 16.
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