Donatas Motiejunas any predictions on him?
is compaired to Bargnani, but thats all i know about him?
I think he's a bust. I'm not too high on European/Foreign players.. There are some exceptions that have really been stars but there are many more that have been busts that nobody remembers their names.. Idk if I believe this kid's hype, i've also heard comparisons of him as Dirk which is insane. Haven't watched him though so I guess I have to wait to find out.
Hes gonna be pretty good, he will never be a good defender, and never will rebound that well but he has a good shot, and some good moves but he needs to be more agressive, his ceiling is Aldridge, or Bargnani and his floor is something like a younger Radmonavic.
10pts 5rbds in the Italian championship!! Isn't that enough for a 20yo kid. I saw him play for real, he looks like a more athletic Nowitzki and dominated last year at the Hoop Summit vs Cousins and Sidney.
well that sounds pretty good khoss... i look forward to seeing him.
Motie can do everything offensively, he doesn't yet possess the toughness and will to win that Dirk has. Will it come? That depends on what team drafts him.
This is what I wrote in my other topic, it's Jazz-related but deal with it or I'll cut you.
Donatas Motiejunas - 7'0" (6'11" Wingspan) Comparison - Andrea Bargnani/Ersan Ilyasova
Motie has a lot of offensive talent. That alone should warrant a look from the Jazz. If the Jazz want to keep Boozer, they could draft Motie and stash him (similar to what they could do with Vesely), or bring him over now and put him in the D-League. If the Jazz don't want to keep Boozer, they could bring him over to be a scorer right away. Motie has an arsenal of offensive moves and weapons. He can take you off the dribble, post you up, cut, shoot and get to the stripe (FT% is higher than any other post prospect the Jazz will look at). Jerry Sloan isn't exactly looking for offense though, and Motie's defense and rebounding are sup-par for his position. Speaking of positions, despite standing 7'0" (reportedly) he only has a 6'11" wingspan and probably doesn't weigh any more than 225 lbs, so can he play the center position? Can he handle the toughness the Jerry Sloan will demand? Hmmm....
I think his upside is Dirk and downside is Radmonovic. More likely, he's an Okur-type. Bargnani is also a decent comparison.
Good offensive 7-footer that doesn't rebound and no D. Not really seeing him as Dirk, so for teams that need an offensive big, great. For teams that needs a defensive big, bad.
I wouldn't want to see the Raptors drafts this kid. Bargnani and Motiejunas will be really really bad.
I have seen alot of comparisons for this kid but I don't think any of them really fit. I think Motie is one of the most fluid and atletic euro players that we've seen of his size in the past few years. I'd say he is much more athletic than either Nowitski or Bargnani.
He doesn't, however have the same shooting ability bargnani has but maybe could get there eventually, and he is worlds away from dirks offensive arsenal.
Defensively motie is a huge liability and he is actually statistically the worst defensive rebounder of his size in the draft. That being said, he has potential to improve in both places. His great foot speed for his size could enable him to be a good on ball defender and if he beefs up a little (could be a problem with his slight frame) he could improve on rebounding and post defense as well.
Overall I see a very good prospect. He looks to be more like a stretch 4 than a center and compares well to the kind of long 3-4 that don Nelson likes to have in his system and has tried to draft over the past couple years (Randolph, wright etc).
Motie has the potential to be not good but great in this league but his career will depend on his work ethic, focus, and how he meshes with the coach and franchise that drafts him
ive seen 3 games hes played in... he does in fact remind me a lot of bargnani.. except he has the ability to get to the line... a 7ft sf...
Personally, I really don't see him developing into, well first off Dirk, but not really Bargnani either.
I think Bargnani the type of guy who can play 3/4 where as Motiejunas is more of a straight up 4 who can step out. I think he will be a decent and solid player though; he def. has starter potential. I think he is going to be a very solid shooting 4 man while a smooth game, best served as a guy playing in the high post and shooting elbow jumpers. He needs to learn to commit to D and rebounding though, and if he does those things he def. will be a very good starter in this league. He's 7 feet and can shoot and pass fairly well. I see him in his prime averaging about 13 pts 6 rebs 3 asts if he goes to a team who will utilize him as I have stated.
I just think he is going to have a very tough time banging down low in the NBA and he will shy away from doing so. The NBA is vastly different from the more finesse style of basketball played in Europe.