The San Antonio Spurs are to work out Lithuanian big man Donatas Motiejunas.
Motiejunas is a 7'0", 215 lbs., center who averaged 12.8 points, shot 52.5% from the field, 71.5% from the free-throw line, 4.4 rebounds, in 25.6 minutes last season with Benetton Treviso last season.
Motiejunas participated in the 2011 Adidas Eurocamp. Here is video of his private workout:
Versatile lefty bigman with a high ceiling ... Has a lot of potential due to his size, agility and offensive development ... A finesse 4-man with excellent versatility, but shows the toughness to play inside with contact ... Shows a strong ability to run the floor and change directions, start and stop ... Has great legs (strong) and feet (quick) ... Has inside/outside ability with the ability to defend inside and play with his back to the basket, as well as knock down shots on the perimeter
Is extremely talented and he knows it. At times he doesn't keep the pedal to the metal, exhibiting some lapses in focus and intensity (laziness) in practices ... Sometimes appears content to be better than others without dominating them the way he's capable ... That's the type of thing that he'll need to mature out of, learning to work hard at all times in order to reach the stature of a Gasol or Nowitzki ... Still needs to add polish on his moves on the perimeter but has excellent potential to do so. (nbadraft.net)
Motiejunas would address the Spurs need for a legit center but he is projected to be selected ahead of the Spurs when they select at 29 in the 2011 NBA Draft. So unless a trade in the works, he may not be there when the Spurs are on the clock.
OK Spurs fans what are your thoughts? Like this kid?
Would love to get a guy like this. I think the Spurs could inspire a work ethic in him, looking forward to some bigs!
I'm surprised by this. The Spurs would have to move up to land him. He's a great player, potentially. I'm surprised his stock has slipped into the mid to late teens.
Has Hollinger releases his pre-draft projected stats yet? I suspect Montiejunas will score very well on that chart.
he's got a lot of potential, and if we were able to steal him at 29, it would be very nice, but i think i would rather try to steal Nikola Vucevic whereas although some mock drafts have him going a little late in the 1st round now, some mock drafts still project him in the 2nd round.
@RG8907 Spurs need help in the middle bad if he's there at 29 pick him.Is that guy Vucevic 7 feet haven't heard of him
yea i agree they need help in the middle, and i think either one of the guys can help. Vucevic is at least 6'11" and weighs 260. Project Spurs had an article on him not too long ago, and the Spurs did have scouts watching him play during his time at USC. he's been impressing quite a few teams so far in his workouts.
@JeffProjectSpurs that's true, Jeff. i wouldn't take the risk of trading up if we could get a decent big guy at 29, and i think there's a pretty good chance of getting Vucevic since he's still projected late in the 1st round and early 2nd round, but of the 21-30 picks, the only team i can think of that can take him away from us would probably be Boston (25th), considering the fact that they're pretty much in the same position as us for trying to find a big man. maybe Houston (23th) as well if Yao can't play. of course, there's also a chance of Dallas being a dick and stealing Vucevic with the 26th pick they have, but i doubt it because they're pretty stacked in the big man department.