Many teams have become somewhat soured on Lithuanian big man Donatas Motiejunas.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot to like about the 7-foot-0 center. Scouts say Motiejunas has great passing skills, a soft shooting touch and an advanced offensive skill set. This is all very impressive for a seven-footer that is only 20-years-old.
There is one fatal drawback to Motiejunas that is causing a lot of franchises to be wary, and that is his build.
Motiejunas only weighs 215 lbs. and does not have an ample amount of strength to his frame. The obvious concern is that the prospect will get overpowered by the physical post players he will face in the league. Lithuanian prospects have historically favored a finesse game, as well.
Donatas Motiejunas is in many ways the opposite of Bismack Biyombo. Right now, franchises appear to be more intrigued with Biyombo’s build and potential than Motiejunas’s packaged ready skill set.
I have no official insight from NBA franchises, but the buzz surrounding the international prospect has cooled off, and his name has dipped in recent mocks.
Donatas Motiejunas’s skill set, coupled with his outstanding height make him a first-round prospect, but it is uncertain when a team will take a chance on the thin big man.