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  InterBasket > Player Profiles > Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Lithuania From During the 1994-95 season, Ilgauskas had played 36 games for Atletas Basketball Club in his hometown of Kaunas, Lithuania and averaged 20.3 ppg, 12.8 rpg and 2.8 bpg in 30.3 mpg, shooting 60 percent from the field. Overall, he led the league in rebounding, was second in blocked shots (101), third in field goal percentage and sixth in the league in scoring. After being drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, he was selected to play in the 1997-98 Schick All-Rookie First Team. He was named MVP of the game, totaling a game-high 18 points and 7 rebounds, during the 1998 NBA All-Star Weekend in New York. He Ranked 2nd among rookies in rebounds (8.8 rpg), field-goal percentage (.518), and double-doubles (35), 3rd in blocked shots (1.65 bpg), and 4th in scoring (13.9 ppg). Ilgauskas led the Cavaliers in 1997-98 in field-goal percentage and blocked shots, ranked 2nd in rebounds, and 3rd in scoring. He recorded a rookie season-high 32 points (12-14 FG, 8-9 FT) and 13 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons on 1/31/98. He posted 16 points and 16 rebounds, in his incredible NBA debut, against the Houston Rockets on 10/31/97. Unfortunately, Ilgauskas missed the entire 1996-97 season after undergoing surgery on his right foot. Ilgauskas rebounded to be named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team in the 2002-03 season. He averaged 17.2 ppg, 7.5 rpg, and 1.9 bpg, while playing just 30 minutes a game.   
Žydrūnas Ilgauskas Profile

Name: Zydrunas Ilgauskas
Nickname: Big Z, The Wall
Born: June 05, 1975
Status: Active
Origin: Kaunas, Lithuania
Height: 7-3/2,21m
Weight: 260 lbs./117,9 kg
Schools: N/A
Drafted: 1996, 1st round, 20th pick by Cavaliers
Languages: Lithuanian, English
Website:  InterBasket
Teams (jersey): Lithuanian National Team, Atletas Basketball Club, Cleveland Cavs (11)
Ibn Notes: As a youngster, Ilgauskas admired Lithuanian native Arvydas Sabonis, a player who is considered by many to be the greatest player from Europe, and a player who belongs in the pantheon of the world’s greatest basketball players. No wonder Ilgauskas looked up to Sabonis.
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