Contrary to popular belief, there is some really nice talent down low in the 2011 NBA Draft beyond Derrick Williams and Enes Kanter. While the hype doesn’t come as easy, it arguably should for a gigantic prospect with enormous potential like Valanciunas.
There’s a constant rotation between him and Donatas Motiejunas as the best big man coming out of Lithuania this year, but a close look suggests they’re both extremely talented and Valanciunas may have the early leg up with a more polished game.
NBA Position: Center
Weight: 240 lbs
A very long a fluid big man with tons of upside. Solid athlete and smart player around the basket. Can move either way with back to the basket and finish strong at the rim. Has a great work ethic. Has very good court awareness and a high basketball IQ. Understands the game and knows when and where to pick his spots. Has a reliable jumper and has moderate range for his size. Not a beast inside, but has the frame and mentality to get there.
Not the strongest or biggest guy in the world. Has the height, but needs to add the muscle. Could really stand to add some more offensive versatility to his game. His shot needs to gain some range, and he can work on dribbling, as well. A decent defender, but his competitiveness tends to have him over-shooting and playing too aggressive. Needs to play under better control to help limit his foul trouble. Has reliable post moves, but they border on predictable. Overall, he just needs to get bigger and stronger, while adding some versatility to his offensive game.
NBA Player Comparison: Marcin Gortat
Draft Projection: Top 10