#20 Donatas Motiejunas Forward/Center Height: 7-0 Weight: 222 NBA Experience: R Country: Kaunas, Lithuania Birthdate: September 20, 1990 Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania How Acquired: Trade with Minnesota on June 23, 2011
In the NBA 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 … earned NBA Summer League 2012 All-Star honors … notched 25 points (11-13 FG, 2-2 3FG) in his Summer League debut against Toronto (7/13/12) … also posted 20 points (10-16 FG) and 12 rebounds (7 offensive) in a 99-88 win over Portland (7/17/12).
In International Play 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 … also played at the 2006 U-16, 2007 U-18 and 2009 U-20 European Championships … played at the 2009 World U-19 Championship … member of the Lithuanian National Team … also represented Lithuania in Junior 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, tallying 21 points (5-15 FG, 10-14 FT), eight rebounds and three assists.
In Life 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.”
In 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.