11 - Domantas Sabonis

6-10, 240 Power Forward/Center
Gonzaga Sophomore
05/03/96 (26.6 yrs)
Portland, OR
Team Site Profile
Jump Shot
NBA Ready
Post Skills

NBA Comparison: Luis Scola/Marc Gasol

Strengths: High energy and passionate post player, who always gives 100% … He works hard on both ends of the floor… Has a really strong core and low center of Gravity … Runs the floor extremely well for a Big … Extremely crafty around the basket … Relentless rebounder, one of the best of his Class, if not the best … Attacks the glass all the time … High Basketball I.Q and instincts … Always establishes deep position in the post … Great low-post scorer … Amazing footwork on offense … Already has a variety of moves with his back on the basket … Effective on Pick n Roll situations as the screener … Sets great screens and rolls hard to the basket … Has great vision and is already considered a good passer … Draws a lot of fouls and can translate those fouls in to points since he is a good Free throw shooter (76.8% from the line in 2015/16 season) … Can finish at the rim through contact … Puts the ball on the floor and attacks closeouts …  Moves amazingly well without the ball … Excellent slasher … Works hard on defense … A good Low Post defender, always fights for position, making it difficult for his opponent to attack him … Above average lateral quickness for a big … Active hands on defense … Takes a good low stance when he has to guard a perimeter player … Really good at guarding the Pick And Roll … Jumpshot is far better than what he showed in games at Gonzaga … Showed fiery leadership at the end of sophomore season leading Gonzaga into Big Dance and then to Sweet Sixteen

Weaknesses: Average athlete … Below average wingspan for his size (measured at 6-11 feet) … Lack of length and athleticism may affect his stock at the draft … Being physical has also its downside, since at time he commits too many fouls … Might be considered a tweener by NBA standards, since he lacks athleticism at power forward and size at center …  Has problems against long and athletic defenders … Mid-range game is below average for the time being, although FT% and shooting in practice suggests that there is a lot of room for improvement …  It’s essential to become a threat from mid-range, otherwise he will be considered limited offensively … Shooting mechanics aren’t always consistent … Like most left handers, at times he relies too much on his dominant hand … He mainly turns from the right shoulder when he is posting up his defender … Not equally adept at finishing at the rim with his right hand … At times he holds the ball too long when he is posting up when he is double teamed, which leads to turnovers … At the college level he was able to rely on his strength and size at times when he was posting up, but that might not be as easiest thing to do at the NBA level … It’s difficult to imagine him being a good shot blocker due to his limited vertical jumping ability and short wingspan …

Notes: Son of 7-3 Lithuanian star Arvydas Sabonis … Born in Portland, OR … Played for Unicaja Malaga at various junior and senior levels in Spain … Measured 6’10’’ in shoes, with a 6’10.5’’ wingspan and 238 lbs at the 2015 Nike Basketball Academy… He was a member of the Lithuanian men’s National team that won the Silver medal in the FIBA Europe 2015 Championship…

Stefanos Makris 4/19/16