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Prospect Profile

Donatas Motiejunas

  • Full Name: Donatas Motiejunas
  • Position: Forward / Center
  • Height/Weight: 7-0 / 222
  • Birthdate: September 29, 1990
  • College: Benetton Treviso (Italy)
Minnesota Timberwolves Round 1: Pick 20

** Traded to Houston on Draft night

Howard Cooper: Motiejunas out to prove he's no typical European big man

Strengths:

  * Left handed and long
  * Great mix of size, length, agility, & mobility
  * Really runs the floor well and has good footwork, quick feet
  * Good technique & efficient shooter with range beyond International 3
  * Good with both hands around the basket
  * Very hand-skilled big guy, can push it in transition, good use of dribble vs. bigs
  * Excellent pick-and-pop option to shoot it or drive vs. closeout

Weaknesses:

  * For unknown reasons he is inconsistent from the FT line
  * Shows youth on occasion, will become passive or take a "backseat"
  * Needs to get stronger but he's putting on weight at a natural pace and filling out
  * Not a great defender, should be a great shot blocker (long lefty)
  * Needs to pursue boards harder, only 4.1 rpg in Italy Lega
 

NBA projection:
Lottery pick potential, should be a first-round lock. You won't find a guy with this size and skill in college basketball this year.

2010-11 season:
Playing very well in Italy's top division and in EuroCup competition.

Key statistic:
2010-11 Benetton Treviso – Italy Lega: 23 mpg, 12.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1apg. FG 58%, 3PT 36%, FT 74%
Benetton Treviso – Eurocup: 26 mpg, 11.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg. FG 51%, 3PT 19%, FT 62%

Cool statistic:
Donatas was named MVP of the U18 Eurobasket in 2008. He averaged 18.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. He won the silver medal after falling in the final game against host team Greece. He led Zalgiris Kaunas junior team to the final victory in Euroleague Junior Championship 2007.

Reminds me of:
Was a young Toni Kukoc becoming a mix of Andrea Bargnani and Pau Gasol

What the Experts Say:
Chris Denker - NetScouts Basketball
"As a younger kid, he moved and handled the ball like a small forward.  With his length, offensive skill, and being left-handed it was hard not to think of Toni Kukoc, however his game is changing as his body changes and he's becoming more of a trail-post player and pick and pop guy, similar to Andrea Bargnani." 

Current contract and team:
Plays for Benetton Treviso in Italy's top league

Chris Denker and Carl Berman are Managing Partners of NetScouts Basketball, "The International Basketball Connection."

 

Benetton Treviso (Italy)
Zalgiris Kaunas - Baltic League, Elite Division
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2007-08 8 10.1 15 28 .536 14 15 .933 1.1 0.1 0.1 0.3 45 5.6
Three-point field goals: 1-for-3 (.333).
Euroleague
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2007-08 3 7.0 1 5 .200 2 2 1.000 2.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 4 1.3
2009-10* 4 10.8 8 16 .500 9 13 .692 2.5 0.0 0.8 0.0 25 6.3
Totals 7 9.1 9 21 .429 11 15 .733 2.6 0.0 0.4 0.0 29 4.1
Three-point field goals: 2007-08, 0-for-2 (.000); 2009-10, 0-for-2 (.000). Totals: 0-for-3 (.000).
*Euroleague Qualifying Round
Aisciai Kaunas - Baltic League, Challenge Cup
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2008-09 22 28.6 119 280 .425 97 139 .698 5.2 1.3 1.2 1.0 352 16.0
Three-point field goals: 17-for-55 (.309).
Aisciai - Lithuania - LKL
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2008-09 22 29.8 152 305 .498 114 151 .755 7.0 1.4 1.0 0.8 438 19.9
Three-point field goals: 20-for-45 (.444).
Benetton Treviso - Italian Legabasket Serie A
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2009-10 31 20.3 101 196 .515 74 102 .725 4.7 0.6 2.1 0.2 286 9.2
2010-11 30 25.7 137 258 .531 100 139 .719 4.4 1.1 2.0 0.5 392 13.1
Totals 61 23.0 238 454 .524 174 241 .722 4.6 0.8 2.0 0.3 678 11.1
Three-point field goals: 2009-10, 10-for-28 (.357); 2010-11, 18-for-41 (.439). Totals: 28-for-69 (.406).
Benetton Treviso - ULEB Eurocup
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2009-10 12 19.7 35 64 .547 16 36 .444 3.3 0.6 1.2 0.1 91 7.6
2010-11 16 27.4 63 143 .441 44 71 .620 5.6 0.8 0.9 0.6 174 10.9
Totals 28 24.1 98 207 .473 60 107 .561 4.6 0.7 1.0 0.4 265 9.5
Three-point field goals: 2009-10, 5-for-7 (.714); 2010-11, 4-for-26 (.154). Totals: 9-for-33 (.273).

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