2011 NBA Mock Draft: Philadelphia 76ers Select Donatas Motiejunas, PF, at No. 16
Philadelphia 76ers Make A Splash With Their No. 16 Pick By Taking Donatas Motiejunas From Lithuania
Sandwiched between the twins from Kansas in the 2011 NBA Draft according to ESPN’s Chad Ford is forward Donatas Motiejunas from Lithuania.
While the Sixers have worked out their kinks in the backcourt with young guys Jodie Meeks and Jrue Holiday holding down the guard positions, their backcourt needs work with Elton Brand starting at forward and Thaddeus Young’s impending free agency this offseason.
Drafting Motiejunas at No. 16, Philly will pick up a proven, aggressive scorer that knows his way around the rim.
Taking the Italian basketball world by storm, Motiejunas plays mostly at center in Europe, but is projected to be a powerful NBA forward with an exceptional offensive skill set.
Standing at 7’0” and possessing a silky smooth jump-shot, Motiejunas will use his size to display his above-average offensive capabilities, but many scouts say his defense is a work in progress that will no doubt improve at the next level.
Look for the Philadelphia 76ers to make a splash at No. 16 with the European sensation out of Lithuania, Donatas Motiejunas.
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|1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke||16. Philadelphia 76ers: Donatas Motiejunas, PF, Lithuania|
|2. Cleveland Cavaliers: Derrick Williams, SF, Arizona||17. New York Knicks: Markieff Morris, PF/C, Kansas|
|3. Toronto Raptors: Enes Kantor, PF, Turkey||18. Washington Wizards: Klay Thompson, PG, Washington State|
|4. Washington Wizards: Jan Vesely, PF, Czech Republic||19. Charlotte Bobcats: Reggie Jackson, PG, Boston College|
|5. Sacramento Kings: Kemba Walker, PG, UConn||20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Nikola Mirotic, SF, Serbia|
|6. Utah Jazz: Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky||21. Portland Trailblazers: Kenneth Faried, PF, Morehead State|
|7. Detroit Pistons: Bismack Biyombo, PF, Congo||22. Denver Nuggets: Tobias Harris, PF, Tennessee|
|8. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jonas Valanciunas, PF, Lithuania||23. Houston Rockets: Darius Morris, PG, Michigan|
|9. Charlotte Bobcats: Kawhi Leonard, SF, San Diego State||24. Oklahoma City Thunder: Tyler Honeycutt, G, UCLA|
|10. Milwaukee Bucks: Tristan Thompson, PF, Texas||25. Boston Celtics: Chris Singleton, SF, Florida State|
|11. Golden State Warriors: Terrence Jones, SF, Kentucky||26. Dallas Mavericks: Davis Bertans, SF, Latvia|
|12. Utah Jazz: Alec Burks, SG, Colorado||27. New Jersey Nets: Justin Harper, PF, Richmond|
|13. Phoenix Suns: Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU||28. Chicago Bulls: Charles Jenkins, SF, Hoftstra|
|14. Houston Rockets: Jordan Hamilton, SF, Texas||29. San Antonio Spurs: Lucas Nogueira, C, Brazil|
|15. Indiana Pacers: Marcus Morris, PF, Kansas||30. Chicago Bulls: Bogan Bogdanovic, SF, Croatia|
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