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Mantas Kalnietis - Lithuania and Lokomotiv

5. Mantas Kalnietis (Lithuania)

Going to EuroBasket with a star-studded frontcourt, discussion amongst analysts focused on whether Lithuania had the backcourt to match their muscle under the hoop. Mantas Kalnietis wasted no time at setting about and debunking the myth, showing himself to be Lithuania's most consistent player throughout the tournament, averaging 12.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and five assists in taking Lithuania to the gold medal game. He was no less impressive at club level, joining Nick Calathes at Lokomotiv Kuban to create one of Europe's premier backcourts on a team that would victor in the Eurocup final.

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