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.
While we greatly differ on prospect rankings, something that should be assumed this early in the process, I see great thought was put into each pick and they all make sense when looked at through your perspective on the players. Great job!
Out of sheer boredom and the upcoming NBA draft has gotten me itching to make a new mock draft. Of course the NFL draft is a whole lot less predictable than the NBA draft, but also provides more success stories than the NBA draft. Again, I used schedules to determine each team's records and if you get upset with me just remember it's June and a whole lot can change by next April.