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Travis Burten

Donatas Motiejunas 2012-2013 Season Outlook

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Intended for owners in deep leagues looking for a sleeper. Really surprised he hasn't been discussed already, he's having a decent showing in preseason but I think he's going to be one of the real diamonds in the rough this year. He's a 7'0 guy that can shoot 3's and grab boards and get you some blocks and won't hurt your %'s.....going at the cheapest rate possible (ranked 464th on Yahoo). Definitely the type of guy I would take a flier on.

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I followed him a lot over the summer, he is an inconsistent free throw shooter, in Europe he shot as low as 45 percent.

That said he has talent, but the reason he will be behind Asik all year is because of his weakness on defense. He will be a great offensive option on the second unit though for sure. In a deeper league, he'd be a great guy to take and see what happens.

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I followed him a lot over the summer, he is an inconsistent free throw shooter, in Europe he shot as low as 45 percent.

That said he has talent, but the reason he will be behind Asik all year is because of his weakness on defense. He will be a great offensive option on the second unit though for sure. In a deeper league, he'd be a great guy to take and see what happens.

Not so sure about that, he is more of a stretch PF like Bargnani, not really a center....he probably gets minutes at PF and might even start before the season's over, he's a lot better than Patterson.

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I followed him a lot over the summer, he is an inconsistent free throw shooter, in Europe he shot as low as 45 percent.

That said he has talent, but the reason he will be behind Asik all year is because of his weakness on defense. He will be a great offensive option on the second unit though for sure. In a deeper league, he'd be a great guy to take and see what happens.

Not so sure about that, he is more of a stretch PF like Bargnani, not really a center....he probably gets minutes at PF and might even start before the season's over, he's a lot better than Patterson.

I hope you're right - I plan on drafting him on Saturday with my last pick. Hopefully he replaces Patterson at the 4, he's definitly talented

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I hope you're right - I plan on drafting him on Saturday with my last pick. Hopefully he replaces Patterson at the 4, he's definitly talented

He is more of a 4 but McHale has already talked about how he will be used to back up Asik mostly bc of Houston's glut of potent options at the 4 already (Patterson backed up by promising rookies White & Ross). They also talked about, right after summer league, Ross backing up Parsons at SF as well but now that Delfino is in the mix I doubt that. It's not even like Delfino can slide over to the 2, as Kevin Martin & the development of an already solid Jeremy Lamb pretty much uses up all 48 minutes at the 2. This team really is a mess haha. All that being said though, I like Motiejunas as a last round flier. Odds are you'll end up dumping him for a FA, but if there is a guy you could make a realistic case for developing some value where there currently is none, Motiejunas (or any Houston big) fits that profile.

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Watch out for this guy. Just got re-called for the D-League, where he's been absolutely tearing it up with 23.5 / 10.8 / 2.8 on .514 shooting.

I've heard Rockets insiders say very good things about this guy, and a couple other Rockets fans have expressed praise on this board, too.

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i think this guy is a sneaky add in deep leagues. he is ahead of jones in the pecking order and is a great fit as a stretch 4. a 7 footer that can knock down 3s, has a solid post game, and is very quick. not sure why no one is talking about this guy

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There are 3 guys that could end up with the starting job in houston. Jones, Thomas Robinson and Motiejunas. Out of all 3, this guy has by far the most fantasy friendly line.

In 4 D-league games he averaged 23.5/10.8/2.8 on 51.4/65.2 shooting with .75 threes .5 steals and .2 blocks in those games but 3.75 TO.

His per 36 this year for the Rockets has been 21.3/5.3/2.2 .9 steals .9 blocks with 1.8 threes and 2.2 TO on 48.7 shooting.

He's definitely the dark horse to get relevant playing time, but as far as I'm concerned that starting job is open for the taking.

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There are 3 guys that could end up with the starting job in houston. Jones, Thomas Robinson and Motiejunas. Out of all 3, this guy has by far the most fantasy friendly line.

In 4 D-league games he averaged 23.5/10.8/2.8 on 51.4/65.2 shooting with .75 threes .5 steals and .2 blocks in those games but 3.75 TO.

His per 36 this year for the Rockets has been 21.3/5.3/2.2 .9 steals .9 blocks with 1.8 threes and 2.2 TO on 48.7 shooting.

He's definitely the dark horse to get relevant playing time, but as far as I'm concerned that starting job is open for the taking.

Wow, I hope this guy gets some burn, his 36min stats are really good. Gonna see how how this plays out over the next couple of games and might look to stash him.

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I see Robinson taking all the meaningful minutes. He has a much higher ceiling than Motiejunas. I think everyone agrees that all he needs is a chance, that's something the Kings couldn't give him. Motiejunas he'll definitely see his minutes getting bumped. I wouldn't look into his D-League numbers too much. Sure, he's talented, but there are a lot of players that put up amazing D-League numbers, but that doesn't mean they'll get real minutes (see Tornike Shengelia). He might be worth stashing until the situation settles, but I don't have high expectations.

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There are 3 guys that could end up with the starting job in houston. Jones, Thomas Robinson and Motiejunas. Out of all 3, this guy has by far the most fantasy friendly line.

In 4 D-league games he averaged 23.5/10.8/2.8 on 51.4/65.2 shooting with .75 threes .5 steals and .2 blocks in those games but 3.75 TO.

His per 36 this year for the Rockets has been 21.3/5.3/2.2 .9 steals .9 blocks with 1.8 threes and 2.2 TO on 48.7 shooting.

He's definitely the dark horse to get relevant playing time, but as far as I'm concerned that starting job is open for the taking.

Wow, I hope this guy gets some burn, his 36min stats are really good. Gonna see how how this plays out over the next couple of games and might look to stash him.

His per 36 mins stats are inflated cuz he only got his mins in garbage time.

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There are 3 guys that could end up with the starting job in houston. Jones, Thomas Robinson and Motiejunas. Out of all 3, this guy has by far the most fantasy friendly line.

In 4 D-league games he averaged 23.5/10.8/2.8 on 51.4/65.2 shooting with .75 threes .5 steals and .2 blocks in those games but 3.75 TO.

His per 36 this year for the Rockets has been 21.3/5.3/2.2 .9 steals .9 blocks with 1.8 threes and 2.2 TO on 48.7 shooting.

Wow, I wonder why they didn't call him for the All Star Game

He's definitely the dark horse to get relevant playing time, but as far as I'm concerned that starting job is open for the taking.

Daryl Morey would probably disagree with you

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There is another thread for him but yeah I like him too. He needs to work on his d but he can score no doubt about it. He has the most polished/nba ready game between him Jones and trob IMO. I just worry McHale uses parsons at the 4...

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Good call, he's more in the mold of Patterson/Morris because of shooting than the other guys. Seems like the most ready too because of his international experience

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Who would he start over? The Rockets didn't trade their starting PF and his backup so that the 3rd string PF (if he was even that high on the depth chart) could start. Delfino is going to come off the bench. He isn't going to start at SG, SF, PF, the only positions he can conceivably play.

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Well they cleared the PF position so T-Rob can get the starting job, but Donatas could potential steal the starting job away from T-Rob.

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Well they cleared the PF position so T-Rob can get the starting job, but Donatas could potential steal the starting job away from T-Rob.

Odds are against it but never say never. One issue that T-Rob needs to address is fouls. I can see the intent to start T-Rob turn into a time share, if T-Rob is inconsistent. After all, the Rockets are still fighting for the play-offs.

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I'm not going to say Motiejunas is the better player, but his per 36 is amazingly awesome and T-Rob's per 36 is amazingly terrible. Fantasy-wise Motiejunas has by far the higher upside. The more games that T-rob misses due to the trade the better chance we are to see Motiejunas win the starting spot.

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idk why people are think robinson is going to come in and immediately play huge minutes.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/thomas-robinson-wont-play-until-014100407.html

Interesting. It makes it sound like he will have to earn his minutes. I guess even if he doesn't move into big minutes this year, he has more upside than Patterson or Morris.

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