2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Donatas Motiejunas
Position: Power Forward
Size: 7-0, 215
School: Lithuania, 1990
Can take defenders off the dribble
A touch matchup on the perimeter due to his driving ability
Great quickness and mobility for a seven-footer
Runs the floor well
Good touch around the basket
Variety of moves on the block
Developing a Dirk Nowitzki-like fadeaway jumper when posting up
A lefty who is fluid attacking and finishing with his right
Only 19 years old, so his upside is incredibly high
Will have to adapt to the more physical NBA
Handling contact when he has the ball and finishing with more agressiveness
A liability defensively in the paint and on the perimeter
Summary: Motiejunas pulled his name out of the 2010 NBA Draft because his stock was beginning to fall and it was unlikely that he was going to be taken in the lottery. He is an extremely talented big man, but still needs some time to develop his all-around game and overall strength. He likely will not be a big contributor early in his career, but if he continues to take strides in Europe, the potential is limitless with the strong possibility of him being a top-10 pick. How he adapts to the NBA will determine if his career is more Nowitzki or Tskitishvili-like.
Player Comparison: Andrea Bargnani. Like Bargnani, Motiejunas is a perimeter-based, Euro big man. Despite Bargnani's height, he is at his best on the perimeter knocking down outside shots and stretching out defenses. Motiejunas is in a similar mold but probably a little more dangerous off the attack than Bargnani was at this age. Motiejunas will need to become more physical and stronger if he is going to have a better NBA career than Bargnani.
Dear Walt, this is becoming prime "mock draft season." And while you have gone the extra mile by including 4 full rounds, I really wish you'd explain why the players are deserving of their draft slots, instead of solely focusing on team needs. It seems like your M.O. to explain for a few sentences why the team would pick a certain position. Then only explain in a sentence or two why the player is worth of said selection. Maybe in Round 4 that'd be acceptable, but for the Top 10-15 picks really should have in depth analysis of the player. That's just my 2 cents. Take care.
I've been on a hiatus with draft work lately and was focused on my Draft Prospect Rankings which you could find in the rants on this site. So, I figured doing one more before the Combine where more prospect movement could occur to see where I stand before and after with those prospects. So, without further adieu here we go!