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Donatas Motiejunas

20 | Forward-Center

Rockets

Biography

Background

2013-14 SEASON:
Netted 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting vs. Denver (11/16/13) … notched a career-high three blocked shots vs. Memphis (12/26/13) … posted six points (2-7 FG), five rebounds and one block in just 10:23 off the bench in a 113-99 win vs. the L.A. Lakers (1/8/14) … collected 10 points (4-7 FG), five rebounds and one block in a 103-100 win at New Orleans (1/15/14) … came off the bench with 15 points (6-9 FG) and seven boards vs. Oklahoma City (1/16/14), which included a careerhigh three 3-pointers made (3-4 3FG) … made his first start of the season replacing an injured Terrence Jones (deep left thigh bruise) vs. Portland (1/20/14), pulling down nine rebounds to go with nine points (4- 8 FG) … made another start at power forward and grabbed nine more boards vs. Sacramento (1/22/14) … matched his career high of two steals (4/1/13 vs. Orlando) vs. Milwaukee (1/18/14) and vs. Memphis (1/24/14) … posted the first double-double of his career with 12 points (4-5 FG, 4-6 FT) and 13 rebounds in a 117-115 win at Dallas (1/29/14) … totaled 12 points (5-11 FG, 2-4 3FG), five boards, two steals and one block in a 134-108 win at the L.A. Lakers (2/19/14) … posted seven points (3-7 FG), 11 boards, three assists, two steals and one block in a 124-86 win vs. Utah (3/17/14) … marked his second double-figure rebounding game of 2013-14 … scored a career-high 20 points (9-11 FG) to go with six rebounds in a 129-106 win vs. Minnesota (3/20/14), surpassing a 19-point effort vs. Phoenix (3/13/13) … went a perfect 5- of-5 shooting (1-1 FT) for 11 points at Cleveland (3/22/14), converting 10 consecutive field goal attempts after having made his final five shots vs. Minnesota (3/20/14) … also started for Jones (flu-like symptoms) at Brooklyn (4/1/14) … posted 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-5 FT) along with a season- and career-high 15 rebounds at the L.A. Lakers (4/8/14) … grabbed 10 rebounds and scored 11 points (3-9 FG, 1-1 3FG, 4-4 FT) at New Orleans (4/16/14) … marked his third double-double of his career.

PREVIOUS SEASONS:
2012-2013: In his rookie season with Houston, averaged 5.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 44 games (14 starts) … was a DNP (CD) for 26 games (10/31/12-11/9/12; 11/12/12; 12/1/12-12/4/12; 12/8/12-12/12/12; 12/26/12-12/28/12; 1/2/13; 1/5/13; 1/9/13; 1/12/13; 1/16/13; 1/19/13- 1/21/13; 1/30/13-2/2/13; 2/6/13; 2/10/13-2/12/13; 4/17/13) … placed on the inactive list for 12 games (11/14/12-11/23/12; 12/14/12-12/17/12; 1/23/13- 1/26/13) … made his NBA debut with three points (1-1 FG) vs. Detroit (11/10/12) … assigned to Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 13 … recalled from the Vipers on Nov. 25 … re-assigned to Rio Grande Valley on Dec. 14 and recalled on Dec. 18 … re-assigned to the Vipers on Jan. 22 and recalled on Jan. 28 … averaged 20.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists in seven games (seven starts) with Rio Grande Valley … totaled 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 FT) at the L.A. Clippers (2/13/13) … registered his first career start vs. Milwaukee (2/27/13), scoring 13 points (4-9 FG, 4-4 FT) to go along with seven boards and a career-best five assists … netted 17 points (7-12 FG, 2-5 3FG) at Orlando (3/1/13) … grabbed a career-best eight rebounds vs. Dallas (3/3/13) … led the Rockets with a career-high 19 points (7-12 FG, 2-4 3FG, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one block in a 111-81 win vs. Phoenix (3/13/13) … recorded a team-high-tying 16 points (7-11 FG, 2-3 3FG) at Memphis (3/29/13) … collected 11 points (4-11 FG, 3-4 FT), a career-high two steals and one block in 33:38 of action vs. Orlando (4/1/13) … averaged 16.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in four games (four starts) with the Rockets during the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, earning NBA Summer League 2012 All-Star honors.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
An early entry candidate, selected by Minnesota in the first round (20th overall) in the 2011 NBA Draft … Houston acquired his draft rights from the Timberwolves along with Jonny Flynn and Minnesota’s 2012 second-round selection in exchange for Brad Miller, the rights to Nikola Mirotic (23rd overall pick), a future first-round pick and cash considerations on June 23, 2011 … signed a multi-year contract with the Rockets on July 6, 2012.

INTERNATIONAL PLAY:
Member of the Lithuanian National Team … played the 2011-12 season with Polish League champion Asseco Prokom Gdynia, averaging 15.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.36 steals in just over 26 minutes per game … in Game Seven of the 2012 Polish League Finals, recorded game highs in points (23) and rebounds (11) while leading his club to the title … pulled down a career-high 21 boards against Union Olimpija (12/7/11), as his 18 defensive rebounds were the most in a Euroleague game in the ULEB era (since 2000-01) … played with Italy’s Benetton Treviso from 2009-11 … winner of the 2010-11 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy for the best U-23 player in the ULEB’s Eurocup competition … played in the 2009 Lithuanian All-Star Game … in 2008-09, played with Aisciai Kaunas and earned All-Star honors in Lithuania’s top league … won the 2008 Lithuanian National Cup with BC Zalgiris Kaunas … won the 2008 Baltic League with BC Zalgiris Kaunas … made his debut with the senior team in 2007-08, while splitting time with the junior squad … won the 2007-08 Lithuanian National Championship with BC Zalgiris Kaunas … spent 2005-07 playing exclusively for Zalgiris-Sabonio mokykla Kaunas, which is Zalgiris Kaunas’ junior team in Lithuania’s second division … has been member of the Lithuanian U-16, U-18, U-19 and U-20 National Teams … won the silver medal at the 2008 European U-18 Championship … won a silver medal at the 2008 European U-20 Championship … played at the 2006 U-16, 2007 U-18 and 2009 U-20 European Championships … played at the 2009 World U-19 Championship … also represented Lithuania in Junior #20 Motiejunas
National Team competition … honors included MVP of the 2008 Nike International Junior Tournament and MVP of the 2008 U-18 European Championship … member of the World Select Team at the 2009 Nike Hoop Summit.

PERSONAL:
Born Donatas Motiejunas on Sept. 20, 1990, in Kaunas, Lithuania … name is pronounced doh-NAH-tahs moe-tee-YOU-nus … nicknames include “Donny” and “D-Mo” … has a large tattoo on his chest of an eagle clutching a basketball … “I really like the attitudes of eagles. They never give up. When they grab a fish or something else, they never let it go. It doesn’t matter. In a book, they write they find a skeleton of [an] eagle and there is no fish. It means that the fish beat him and killed him, but he didn’t let go.”

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