Ignas Brazdeikis is a professional basketball player who has played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted into the NBA in 2019 and played for three franchises before returning to his native Lithuania. For college, he attended the University of Michigan.

Player Profile

Ignas was born on January 8, 1999, in Kaunas, Lithuania. He stands 198 cm tall and his last listed weight was 100 kilograms. He shoots with his right and he holds the position of small forward.

When he was younger, his family moved to Chicago before eventually moving to Winnipeg. They settled in Oakville when he was six years old. His aunt Lina Brazdeikyte played in the EuroBasket Women 1997.

Position Small Forward
Height / weight 1.98 m / 100 kg
Born 8 Jan 1999
Nationality Canada Canada
Team History
Zalgiris Kaunas 2022 - present
Lakeland Magic 2021 - present
Orlando Magic Orlando Magic 2021 - 2022
New York Liberty New York Liberty 2019 - 2021
Philadelphia 76ers Philadelphia 2021
Westchester Knicks 2019 - 2021

High School and College Career

He attended the Holy Trinity CSS in Oakville. He later attended Orangeville Prep in Mono, Ontario. He helped lead Orangeville to win the OSBA Championship in 2017. In his senior year, he received a number of offers. He chose to go with the University of Michigan.

He debuted with Michigan in November 2018. Some of the accolades he received while in college include being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team and the Second-team All-Big Ten. He was also named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2019.


Brazdeikis was declared for the NBA in 2019 and he was drafted into the league in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. They then traded him to the New York Knicks and debuted in the NBA during the 2019 NBA Summer League. He was later assigned to their G-League Affiliate Team the Westchester Knicks.

In March 2021, was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers. He appeared in one game with them before he was waived. He was then traded to the Orlando Magic in 2021. He signed a 10-day contract with them. Later he signed a two-way contract with them. He moved to Zalgiris Kaunas in July 2022.

Career Highlights

  • 2019 - AP Honorable mention All-American
  • 2019 - Big Ten Freshman of the Year
  • 2019 - Second-team All-Big Ten
  • 2019 - Big Ten All-Freshman team

National Team Performance

  • 2015 - FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship, Silver, Representing Canada

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