Lithuanian center who was a two-time Mr. Europa Player of the Year and 6-time Euroscar Player of the Year in his 23-year career.
He made his professional basketball debut in the Soviet Union's BC Zalgiris Kaunas in 1981.
He became known to NBA fans for his six-year stint on the Portland Trail Blazers from 1996 to 2001.
He had four children with former Miss Lithuania Ingrida Mikelionyte. His son Domantas Sabonis also became a basketball player.
He joined Bill Russell as an inductee of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2010.