NBA Roundtable

Rockets High on Motiejunas

In Draft on June 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm

A couple of quick quotes from Houston (link one and link two)

“We really like Marcus Morris. We think he was one of the top players in the draft, skilled at both ends,” Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said. “He can play the four or a power three, can defend two positions. We’re thrilled to get Motiejunas — really upside, really mobile, somebody already very skilled offensively. Has a great low-post game. Has a perimeter offensive game as well and can move his feet really well on the defensive end.


Dirk Nowitzki, anyone? When the Rockets scouted 20-year-old Donatas Motiejunas, Nowitzki was the player who kept creeping into the conversation.

How’s that for putting pressure on the kid? How’s that for setting Rockets general manager Daryl Morey — and Motiejunas — up for failure? Don’t you love it?

In Motiejunas, they see some of Nowitzki’s size, athleticism and offensive skills. That’s a huge projection, a huge leap. Motiejunas is far from a finished product, but so was Nowitzki when he entered the league.

“He has a really high upside, a lot of potential,” Morey said.


“We’re a team trying to re-establish our foundation,” Morey said. “We think Motiejunas is a lottery-type talent.”

A lot of high praise for Motiejunas

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