Rokas Jokubaitis Draft Scouting Report: Pro Comparison, Updated Knicks Roster

Blake SchusterContributor IJuly 30, 2021

KAUNAS, LITHUANIA - MARCH 25: Rokas Jokubaitis, #31 of Zalgiris Kaunas in action during the 2020/2021 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 31 match between Zalgiris Kaunas and Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv  at Zalgirio Arena on March 25, 2021 in Kaunas, Lithuania. (Photo by Alius Koroliovas/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)
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The New York Knicks added to their backcourt by selecting Lithuanian guard Rokas Jokubaitis with the No. 34 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday.  

New York has been searching for depth at the position for much of the last year and was left running with Elfrid Payton, RJ Barrett and Derrick Rose heading into a first-round playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks. 

Thursday the organization got to work addressing that need, adding guards Quentin Grimes and Miles McBride after a flurry of early trades. 

Dan Favale @danfavale

the knicks had:<br><br>πŸ”˜ no. 19<br>πŸ”˜ no. 21 <br>πŸ”˜ no. 32<br><br>and turned that into:<br><br>πŸ”˜ no. 25 (quentin grimes)<br>πŸ”˜ no. 34 (rokas jokubaitis)<br>πŸ”˜ no. 36 (miles mcbride)<br>πŸ”˜ 2022 top-18-protected first-rounder (via charlotte)<br>πŸ”˜ detroit's 2024 second-rounder<br><br>πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report

Player: Rokas Jokubaitis

Position: PG/SG

Height: 6'4"

Pro Comparison: Tomas Satoransky

Scouting Report: A limited athlete, Jokubaitis is one of the more seasoned international prospects with crafty combo skills to handle, pass and shoot. He also has a strong feel for the game.

The Knicks Wall @TheKnicksWall

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Knicks Active Roster and Average Salary (Expiration Year)

Julius Randle, PF: $20.7M (2022)

R.J. Barrett, SF: $8.2M (2023)

Obi Toppin, PF: $5M (2024)

Kevin Knox, SF: $4.6M (2022)

Lucas Vildoza, PG: $3.3M (2024)

Immanuel Quickley, SG $2.2M (2024)

Mitchell Robinson, C: $1.8M (2022)

Norvel Pelle, PF: $1.1M (2023)

Quentin Grimes, SG: $1.8M (projected first-year salary, per RealGM)

Rokas Jokubaitis, PG/SG: (no projected first-year salary available)

Miles McBride, PG: (no projected first-year salary available)

Free Agents

Derrick Rose, PG: UFA

Alec Burks, SG: UFA

Nerlens Noel, C: UFA

Elfrid Payton, PG: UFA

Frank Ntilikina, PG: RFA

Reggie Bullock, SF: UFA

Taj Gibson, PF: UFA

Theo Pinson, SG: RFA

Jared Harper, PG: RFA

It's unclear what the Knicks' plans for Jokubaitis is at this point. The 20-year-old spent last season with an FC Barcelona that has a notable history of sending players to the NBA: Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Anderson Varejao, Ricky Rubio and Mario Hezonja. 

Last year the Knicks drafted FC Barcelona's Leandro Bolmaro with the No. 23 overall pick, but New York sent his rights to the Minnesota Timberwolves as part of a deal to acquire Ricky Rubio. 

With the Knicks entering the 2021-22 season as a contender in the Eastern Conference, the club is looking to hit on a relatively unknown prospect from Europe.