2010 Donatas Motiejunas draft profile

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Donatas Motiejunas
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. 

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  • Is he Darko or Dirk?

    That's the question.

    I'd pass on him, if I were the Bulls.

    SIDE NOTE:

    Hedo Turkoglu wants out of Toronto.

    http://realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/66877/20100529/hedo_wants_out_of_toronto/

    I think that brings Luol Deng back in play for Chris Bosh.

    To Bulls: Chris Bosh
    To Raptors: Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and Charlotte's #1 Pick.

    TRANSLATION: BOSH and LBJ on the Bulls in 2010 (maybe?)

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Mr. Happy, not every player is going to be of that ethnic background. For example, Tony Parker is French; there were none before him. His game is similar to Dirk, but he is not nearly as athletic. Darko could not shoot; this guy can! Again, he reminds me of Andrea Barnani; not a bad pick at 17, but I don't think he is somebody you put on a championship caliber team the Bulls are using in P.R.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Kevin,

    Good catch. I did forget Bargnani.

    Speaking of Toronto, if I were Bryan Colangelo I would consider these two trades.

    #1.)

    To Bulls: Chris Bosh
    To Raptors: Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and Charlotte's #1 in 2012

    #2.)

    To Magic: Hedo Turkoglu
    To Raptors: Mikeal Pietrus and Brandon Bass
    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=2faath5

    That would give Toronto a pretty deep and talented roster.

    PG - Calderon/Jack/Banks
    SG - Weems/DeRozan
    SF - Deng/Pietrus
    PF - Gibson/Bass/Evans
    C - Bargnani/Draft Pick (Whiteside/Orton/Sanders/Alabi)

    If those trades go down, then look for LBJ and Bosh to both be on the Bulls.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    man, I'm all about trades and I hope the Raptors are too w/ us. Honestly, if we can somehow get Bosh/Lebron, I would love to have fillers such as Pietrus/Bass/Reddick. I can see the Magic wanting some different pieces and hopefully Hinrich can be one of them for Bass or Pietrus. I don't see the Magic wanting Hedo back!

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    Kevin,

    This would be a BOLD trade by Toronto and Portland.

    http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=23wyamz

    To Blazers: Hedo Turkoglu
    To Raptors: Greg Oden and Martell Webster

    * Portland seems to have soured on Oden by signing Camby.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    That's really not true in the slightest. Portland was so decimated by injuries up front that Juwan Howard was starting at center so they traded for Camby.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Its immature yes...but more then half the league say the same type of stuff. If I were him, id probably be taking all that stuff down.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I think that issue of (inappropriate) TWITTER language makes for a good topic.

    I mean, people in the so called "real world" have their TWITTER and FACEBOOK pages examined during job interviews.

    My question is, "Should athletes face the same scrutiny?"

    I think it's a very relevant topic.

    FYI:

    Paul George used the N-word yet again, as well as MOFO.

    http://twitter.com/king24george

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    +2 i agree with Happy....the Bulls might have something going for them now that Turkoglu wants out. Deng could fill right in for them at the SF spot. Deng,Taj and a 1st round draft pick is a very good deal for them.

    Great job Kevin...I never like European players...but I like Donatas. He has big time skill for his size and is a very fluid player. I actually think his game will translate well to the NBA. If he is there at 17...heck ya thats a solid pick. But i agree that he isnt the type of player for a championship team. But i wouldnt mind storing him on the bench for a little while.

    By the way....HOW could Joe Dumars pick Darko over Melo, Bosh or Wade lol?!?!?! HOW do you do that lol A 10 year old kid could even make the right choice there.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    I don't know man. I think Motiejunas is a great pick that needs to develop players such as the Grizzlies since they have 3 picks this year. He would be a good fit there to come off the bench and pick and roll all day with Mayo. Last year, I would have taken him at pick 16. This year, I want some different players and one of them will be posted soon. Expect Orton/Seraphin/and some more guards soon.

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Oh ya...i deff. like Orton. You should do Epke Udoh too...he has a chance to drop a little.

    Heres another thing to think about....Kendrick Perkins is a free agent in 2011.

    Bulls could possibly look like this in 2011:

    Rose
    LeBron
    Deng
    Noah
    Perkins

  • In reply to Csharp:

    Here are my profiles; I have done a Udoh profile and I was on him and Paul George as my two favorites. I don't think Udoh is going to slide unfortunately at http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-confidential/2010-nba-draft-prospects.html

    Thanks

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    You sure seem to be in a big hurry to get rid of the charlotte pick.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    PAUL GEORGE TWITTER:

    His TWEET about his workout with the Bulls.

    http://twitter.com/King24George/status/14117543453

    Honestly, after reading some of his tweets I'm a bit concerned with his use of the N-WORD and the B-WORD. That might now make a POSITIVE IMPRESSION on the Bulls' management.

    Feedback?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Well now we at least know he had a great workout....hopefully Bulls management feels the same way.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    What about PAUL GEORGE's use of the N-word in his TWEETS.

    Acceptable or not?

    Should that affect NBA execs. opinion of the kid?

    http://twitter.com/King24George/status/15006216177

    http://twitter.com/King24George/status/14801833772

    http://twitter.com/King24George/status/14732664797

    http://twitter.com/King24George/status/14731183401

    http://twitter.com/King24George/status/14711178935

    Is this or should this be a "CHARACTER" concern for the Bulls?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Doug or Kevin,

    Should PAUL GEORGE's use of the N-WORD on his Twitter page be a concern?

    I counted at least 6 times where it was used over the last week.

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