Wizards’ Davis Bertans and Anzejs Pasecniks become first pair of Latvian teammates in NBA history


The Wizards made history Wednesday night against the Bulls, and they didn’t even need to score a basket to do it.

Anzejs Pasecniks was signed to a two-way contract on Tuesday after a strong start with Washington’s G-League affiliate the Capital City Go-Go (10.5 PPG, 5.1 RPG). When he checked into the game against Chicago, he joined forward Davis Bertans to fill out the Wizards’ front court.

That was significant as both Bertans and Pasecniks were born in Latvia, making them the first Latvian teammates in NBA history to play together. Prior to Wednesday night, there were only six Latvian players who’d ever made the league: Bertans, Kristaps Porzingis, Rodions Kurucs, Dairis Bertans, Andris Biedriņs and Gundars Vetra.

Pasecniks didn’t take long to find the back of the net, scoring the first basket of his career minutes after he entered the game.

Bertans has been the talk of the Wizards so far this season, emerging as one of the best 3-point shooters in the game by shooting 45.7 percent from behind the arc.

Washington has endured a strong of injuries to its front court and brought up Pasecniks, who stands a 7 feet, 1 inch tall, to rotate with Ian Mahinmi at center.

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