7'0, PF, 215 lbs., 19 years old
At 7'0 Donatas, like many European players, mastered the basics such as shooting, ball-handling, and passing and as such, plays with a high skill level for a big man of his size. However, he suffers the many of the common drawbacks in a lack of toughness when it comes to interior play.
For a seven footer, Motiejunas's game poses a a matchup nightmare for opposing defenders. He shoots well from outside making him an excellent option for any pick and pop style offense. He's also adept at using shot fakes and putting the ball on the floor. Though he's a quality shooter, he needs to improve on his consistency as he struggled with it this past season.
Unfortunately, Motiejunas lacks strength and athleticism which makes many aspects of the NBA game difficult. He is too weak to post up and not fast enough to take players off the dribble.
Largely due to a lack of physical attributes, Motiejunas shows little defensive ability. He lacks the speed to defend the PF position or the strength to defend the either the power forward or center position.
He's presently one of the worst rebounders in Europer which often comes down to toughness, grit, and will power. Even with added strength it's debatable whether he can get it done on the glass. He also rarely blocks shots which is a red flag for a player of his length. Those red flags are typically things that show he does not pass the athletic bar to play in the NBA.
How does his game translate in the NBA?
Motiejunas provides a floor spacing big man to open an offense. As the "stretch four" becomes more popular, there's more likely to be a role for him in the NBA even with his warts. His defensive and athletic limitations likely limit him to a role players career though. His ceiling is probably Andrea Bargnani whereas his floor is any number of big European shooters who couldn't stick in the league. He'll likely be drafted from late lottery to mid-first round pick.
How does his game translate for the Bulls?
The Bulls can really use a stretch floor, so they can make good use of his strengths. However, his limitations are vast. My concerns are if the Bulls are serious about building a title-contending team, is how can you have someone that shows no grit or toughness on defense? Bargnani averaged 6 rebounds a game this year and that is not going to cut it for NBA championship teams.