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Donatas Motiejunas

Date of Birth September 20, 1990
Height 7' 0
Weight 240
Country Lithuania
Position Power Forward
Draft History
Drafted in 2011 NBA Draft: 1st Round, 20th Overall Pick by Houston Houston
Additional Information Offense

Strengths
• Can play in the post or on the perimeter
• Has quick moves in post
• Good first step
• Sees the court well, good passer for size
• Runs the floor well, fills lanes

Weaknesses

• Needs to be more aggressive
• Perimeter shot needs to be more consistent

Defense

Strengths
• Long arms and body – alters shots well
• Gets good rebounding position, secures ball


Weaknesses
• Lateral movement needs work, prone to picking up fouls on drives
• Needs to get stronger to defend in the post
• Court awareness needs improvement

Analysis

Motiejunas, the consensus top foreign player in this year’s draft, draws a lot of comparisons to a young Dirk Nowitzki. While their games are somewhat similar, I believe their career trajectories will end up in two different places. Motiejunas is a somewhat polished offensive player, has the ability to play on the perimeter or in the post, and is very agile for his size. Right now, he lacks aggression to be an offensive force on the NBA level, but he has a bright future as a 2nd or 3rd option on a team. Defensively, he needs to become stronger to defend the post properly and needs to improve his footwork to defend the perimeter. He has the talent to be a good NBA scorer, he just needs to get used to the league before he can make his mark.

- Ed Isaacson

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