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Full Name: Kristaps Valters
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-2 (1.88 m)/ 170 (77.1 kg)
Birthdate: September 18, 1981 (Riga, Latvia)
Team: Skonto (Latvia)

Antalya (Turkey)
SeasonGGSFGMFGAPCTFTMFTAPCTREBASTSTLBLPTSAVG
2000-011970131.5344255.76464533726013.7
Three-point field goals: 26-for-93 (.280).

Skonto (Latvia)
SeasonGGSFGMFGAPCTFTMFTAPCTREBASTSTLBLPTSAVG
2002-0331133233.571130156.83310422361159419.2
Three-point field goals: 66-for-143 (.462).

Career Highlights: He is a member of the Latvian National Team and the best point guard in Latvia. Has played in the Latvian All-Star Game in 2000 and in 2003, and he won the three-point contest at the 2003 All-Star event. Started his professional career with Broceni in Latvia in the 1997-98 season, and played three seasons there as a teenager. Spent one season (2000-01) playing in Turkey, but after an excellent season he returned to Latvia and joined Skonto where he has been a dominant guard the past two seasons. Named All-League First Team following 2001-02 season.

(2002-03): Led Skonto to second-place finish in the LBL season with a 25-3 record. Led the league in assists (7.2 apg) and was in top 10 in scoring (19.2 ppg). Carried a 2.4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season. Had a pair of huge games in April. Erupted for 35 points in win over Valmiera-Rujiena. Followed up with 33 points in a victory over first-place Ventspils.

(2001-02): In LBL (Latvian Basketball League) play, he averaged 20.4 points, 7.4 assists and 3.0 rebounds. In NEBL action, averaged 18.5 points, 3.0 assists and 3.2 rebounds.

(2000-01): Made a big impression in his one season in Turkey. Averaged 13.7 points and 2.8 assists in 30 minutes per game as team’s 19-year-old floor general. Following that season, the J&J European Register called him “a prospect that is improving rapidly.”

(1999-00): Finished fourth in the league in scoring (17.4 ppg) and second in assists (4.6 apg) for Broceni/LMT. Was with the team in 1999 when Broceni won the Latvian League championship.

Strengths: Scouting reports indicate he is an excellent passer who has quick hands and feet. He has good leadership qualities for the point guard spot and has the ability to penetrate and create shots for teammates. He has excellent anticipation for steals and needs only to gain strength to be among the better guards in Europe.

Personal: He is the son of Valdis Valters, a former Soviet Union National Team player.