Domantas Sabonis (born May 3, 1996) is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He previously played in Spain for Unicaja Málaga’s junior and senior teams before playing two seasons of college basketball for Gonzaga. He is the son of the Lithuanian basketball player Arvydas Sabonis, and was born in Portland, while his father was playing for the Portland Trail Blazers.
In early April 2016, several U.S. media reports indicated that he would declare himself eligible for the 2016 NBA draft and would hire an agent, marking the end of his career at Gonzaga. On April 20, he signed with Jason Ranne and Greg Lawrence of Wasserman Media Group for representation in the NBA draft. Prior the draft, he rejected the offer to participate in NBA Draft Combine. Instead, he participated in four pre-draft workouts with the Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics and Utah Jazz.
Sabonis was selected 11th overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2016 NBA draft. He was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with Ersan İlyasova and Victor Oladipo for Serge Ibaka on draft night. He did not participate in the 2016 NBA Summer League in order to join the Lithuania men’s national basketball team training camp. On 12 August 2016, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Thunder. He made his debut for the Thunder in their season opener as their starting power forward on 26 October 2016, recording five points and four rebounds in 16 minutes as a starter in a 103–97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Career highlights and awards
AP Honorable Mention All-American (2016)
Second-team Academic All-American (2016)
First-team All-WCC (2016)
Second-team All-WCC (2015)
WCC All-Freshman Team (2015)
Silver medal – second place 2015 France
European Youth Olympic Festival
Gold medal – first place 2011 Turkey Team