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Prospect Profile

Mindaugas Kuzminskas

  • Full Name: Mindaugas Kuzminskas
  • Position: Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-9 / 210
  • Birthdate: October 18, 1989
  • College: Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)

Strengths:

   * His "per 40 minute" scoring average is 23 ppg, but he's only getting 14 minutes per game after being league MVP the year before
   * Long arms and good length at SF position
   * Highly efficient FG-percent shooter, high release on turn-around jumper and fade-away (can post SF's)
   * Solid stroke technique but a bit streaky from 3, best if set in catch and shoot situations
   * Very hand-skilled guy
   * Jumps well
   * Smart kid, good basketball smarts too

Weaknesses:

   * Needs some strength and bulk
   * Can't play through contact very well on dribble drives
   * Defensive end is his weakness
   * One-on-one isolation defense and pick/roll defense (on the ball) could be problematic
 

NBA projection:
Declared in 2010 but pulled his name out prior to the Draft. He is a great option to select and stash in Europe for a couple more years. He wants to play in the NBA and has shown great improvement. Late second-round pick.

2010-11 season:
2010-11 Zalgiris Kaunas – LKL: 14 mpg, 8.3 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg. FG 69%, 3PT 28%, FT 69%
2010-11Zalgiris Kaunas – Euroleague: 6 mpg, 1.6 ppg, 1.1 rpg. FG 45%, 3PT 16%, FT 66%

Key statistics:
It should be noted that on a lesser team he averaged 16.6 ppg last year and was the LKL league MVP.

2009-10 BC Siauliai – Lithuania LKL: 16.6 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5spg. FG 63%  3P 30%  FT 71%  

Cool statistic:
Mindaugas made the top 3 in scoring in Lithuanian League when playing for BC Siauliai on loan from Zalgiris. He scored 16.6 points per game. Oddly, he's not getting his new coach's trust this season in Zalgiris and he's below 10 minutes per game in all 4 competitions Zalgiris has played so far.

Reminds me of:
Gordon Hayward, Luke Babbitt

What the Experts Say:
Alex Gonzalez Chiquilla, BasketMe.com & NetScouts Basketball

"You know something good is about to happen when he is involved in the play."

Current contract and team:
Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania. Baltic League

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

Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania)
Lithuanian League (LKL)
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2006-07 5 6.6 5 11 .455 2 4 .500 1.0 0.6 0.8 0.0 12 2.4
2008-09 28 18.2 85 168 .506 66 85 .776 3.9 1.1 1.1 0.3 251 9.0
2009-10 26 26.2 166 304 .546 60 81 .741 6.0 2.2 1.4 0.2 433 16.7
2010-11 21 14.5 60 111 .541 40 58 .690 2.6 1.4 0.6 0.4 167 8.0
Totals 80 19.1 316 594 .532 168 228 .737 4.1 1.5 1.1 0.3 863 10.8
Three-point field goals: 2006-07, 0-for-4 (.000); 2008-09, 15-for-53 (.283); 2009-10, 41-for-107 (.383); 2010-11, 7-for-30 (.233). Totals: 63-for-194 (.325).
Baltic League
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2006-07 16 1.0 1.0
2008-09 19 16.5 42 88 .477 32 46 .696 3.5 0.6 0.7 0.2 126 6.6
2009-10 18 23.9 88 178 .494 37 53 .698 4.6 2.1 6.4 0.4 239 13.3
2010-11 4 11.3 12 19 .632 4 4 1.000 1.5 0.8 1.0 0.3 29 7.3
Totals 57 13.8 142 285 .498 73 103 .709 3.0 0.9 2.3 0.2 410 7.2
Three-point field goals: 2006-07, N/A (.185); 2008-09, 10-for-34 (.294); 2009-10, 26-for-61 (.426); 2010-11, 1-for-5 (.200). Totals: 37-for-100 (.370).
BC Siauliai - FIBA EuroChallenge
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2008-09 8 14.3 13 26 .500 6 9 .667 2.0 0.5 0.9 0.5 35 4.4
Three-point field goals: 3-for-12 (.250)
BC Siauliai - ULEB Eurocup
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2009-10 6 27.2 31 55 .564 15 21 .714 3.5 1.5 1.2 0.7 84 14.0
Three-point field goals: 7-for-16 (.438)
Zalgiris Kaunas - VTB United League
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2010-11 9 9.6 10 31 .323 5 7 .714 1.3 0.4 0.2 0.0 32 3.6
Three-point field goals: 7-for-16 (.438)
Zalgiris Kaunas - Euroleague
Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2010-11 8 6.3 5 14 .357 2 3 .667 1.1 0.1 0.3 0.0 13 1.6
Three-point field goals: 1-for-6 (.167)

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