Donatas Motiejunas as the 7th pick?
I wanna know what NBADRAFT.NET is smoking, cause I want some. Do you seriously think Joe Dumars will draft this guy, and with the 7th pick nontheless? This guy has bust written all over himself!
Keep in mind, team needs are not regarded on mocks until after the NBA season ends.
what about him has bust written all over him?..which games have you seen him play where you have come away thinking he is gonna be a bust?
Why does he have bust written all over him????? Care to explain instead of just making an insulting comment with nothing to back it up???
It is a Mock Draft in March, not on June 20th. Secondly, it is a draft board more so than even a Mock, I do not know if teams are taken into account, but again, check the first point. Finally, have you seen him play? Do you know he is playing very well against grown professional basketball players right now? Also, he is 7 feet tall, if you are going to make a mistake, it is a lot better if it is a BIG mistake. Even Darko, as much of a bust as he is, starts on an NBA team 8 years later. Hell, Kwame Brown does too, and his team is in a play-off race. I am not saying Donatas is the 7th pick, but I really dislike when people post these things without stating any alternatives or suggestions, or any real insight other than, "He has the body of a choir boy and he is from Europe, how is he going to be good?" Well, Andrea Bargnani may not be anything incredible, but he is good enough to put in 20 per game, and Motiejunas seems to compare favorably to him. At the 7th pick in this draft, it very well could be a complete crap shoot, and Motiejunas might be worth a look considering what he has to offer. Great first post though, you're going to love this guy named Euroballer.
I think he might be a bust.
He's from Europe, he's skinny which probably means that he won't be able to defend his position, who knows if he'll be able to score against a small athletic guy. I haven't really see him play a lot, but I understand that people think that he might be a bust.
If he is the poor mans Bargnani/Gasol he is projected to be I wouldnt even glimpse at this guy in the lottery. Id much rather have Faried, Thompkins, and anyone else who shows any signs of physical capabalities in the NBA.
I have seen some footage and highlights and looked at stats. This draft is devoid or size and he is a skilled 7 footer in the mold of Bargnani, Gallo, and Dirk. 7th could possbily wind up being too low for him. I would have to look at team needs to see if the team would take him but I think at some point you take best available talent and that would be Donatas Motiejunas at some point after the top 3 picks.
he'll probably end up being good(like Bargnani) but he isn't a guy you'd have an a championship caliber team. He can't rebound or defend his position. He's the prototypical tall 3point shooting european, they put up good numbers but don't win rings.
He has the potential to be a big time offensive player in the NBA. He's 7'0" and extremely mobile. He can handle, pass, finish with either hand, operate in the post and shoot with range.
Defensively, he is active but inconsistant. He also is basically shut down with a simple box-out. He's gaining weight though, and there is no reason to believe he couldn't be an adequate power forward defender at the next level.
He's a lottery pick. Probably top-10. Comparable to Andrea Bargnani and Ersan Ilyasova.
seriously who would even want a clone of Andrea on their team? lol
I gaurantee right now he does not go top 10.
Last year he was projected to go Top 5, same with this year. Ended up withdrawing from the draft because he wouldve been selected at 15-20. This year I see his stock falling alot as well. He is going to be a guy who wants to play like a number one option, plays like a number one option, but doesnt rebound, defend or block shots. Noone is going to be fooled by him.
Matt Bonner, I accept your challenge.
Bargnani has his faults, but I don't see why he can't be a great piece to a good team. He's just uncomfortable as the number one option. I think it would be to Toronto's benefit to draft Kanter and move Barg to the four. That's a more than respectable frontcourt combination.
He'll definetly fall cause of his defense and rebounding, defense isn't that big when evaluating guard since you still have the bigs behind, but when your bigs can't defend you have no last line of defense.
You guys act like this draft will have a lot of talented bigs. I don't see why he falls past 9 in this upcoming draft especially with some players saying they will stay another year. Now if those players do come out then it is possibly that he fall a little but he should definitely be lottery and almost a lock for top 10.
Draftexpress has him 12 so I wouldn't say he's a lock for the top 10, he's probably the third best european in the draft.
Damn Bargs gets a lot of undeserved hate.
He is a very good scorer who is still developing. Sure he might not be what you typically look for in a 1st overall pick, but he is not horrible by any means. I can't think of a team in the league who wouldn't have a use for him.
Even tho he's 7 feet, I've heard reports that he only has a 6'11 wingspan. Doesn't help that he's already considered a weak defender add that to his short wingspan.
I've actually seen him play, and he didn't impress me, he doesn't play enough minutes to demand the hype he currently has, there were things i liked though, his scoring ability is very good and he runs the floor extremely well, but, i don't think that will be enough to translate in the NBA, Valanciunas has better pro potential.
He's a liability in the Power Foward position, top NBA players at that position will eat him for breakfast. He doesn't have the right attitude either, out of all the European prospects this year, i worry about him the most.
You guys watch Bargnani play like 2 times a year if that. You see him drop a crazy statline like 33 points on 15 shots, and say he played amazing offensively but his defense is the reason Toronto lost. Im telling you, and trust me on this one, thats what happens every friggin game. If that is not what happens then he just has an off night shooting, and his defense is still horrible. Positional flaws, he is never ever in the right spot! When a player on the floor is always out of position defensively it does not matter what position he plays, he wil be out of position, and your defense will be dismantled.
Heres another thing about Bargnani that is different then Motiejunas, he has about a 7'2 reach, and wieghs about 250-260 pounds at a legit 7'feet tall. He is extremely athletic not in terms of jumping but just about every other aspect, and has great NBA tools. His mind just isnt where it should be, and thats never really changed...I see him completely screw up defensive stances then try to teach Ed Davis something and Davis will just roll his eyes like, "yeah?...okay buddy.".
He is such an amazing ofensive talent which is what made it so difficult to accept the fact that he has got to go, but he does.
I bet Lance Stephensons taken more charges this year then Andrea Bargnani.
he has potential to be at best a LaMarcus Aldridge type, i have a feeling he will ends up in Milwaukee, they needs offense and they need big guy next to Bogut.
So he has Chris Kaman wingspan..not bad
Motiejunas has been around the draft boards for the last few years so hopefully he will declare this year. I'd agree that he needs to go to the right sort of team, having him alongside a Bargnani or Brook Lopez for example would be a recipe for rebounding disaster. Where he goes could be anywhere from top 3 to late lottery as the draft is so open. Personally I'd peg him in the 6 to 10 range.
Teams that could take him might include Cleveland who may want a finese big to compliment there more physical bigs like Hickson and Varejao. The Bucks would be a great fit alongside Bogut and they desperately need another scoring option as they are the lowest scorers in the league this year, Charlotte could take a look at him. I'd rule out Detroit maybe because of the Darko issue and they have Monroe and Charlie V who are more finese big men. Utah have a stacked frontcourt so they'd be doubtful also. Sacramento could consider him alongside Cousins and I'd rule out T-Wolves, Washington and Toronto.
If he fell outside the top 10 then the Warriors and Phoenix may well look at him , Houston may look for someone to replace Brad Miller long term and have taken Europeans before like Scola with huge success. The Pacers have Hansborough going great guns at PF but if Foster moves on then Motiejunas could find a role there especially as Roy Hibbert is the big body alongside him he requires and also against smallball teams sometimes Big Roy isn't the best option so Motiejunas could play some C then if required.
Arent there just as many Bust from america?
The current mock draft here is nothing more than a big board/player rankings.
He wont be top 10, I think he'll be late lottery to the late teens. Personally I would rather have Tristan Thompson, the Morris twins or Faried, but he will go before them.
I actually like Donatas a little more than Vesely, but that's not saying much. Very late lottery pick at best.