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Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 222
College: None
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Donatas Motiejunas had an overdue dud on Thursday against the Pelicans with nine points, four rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.
He got a front-row seat to watch Anthony Davis destroy him and he gets a pass here. Motiejunas made an impressive 56.7 percent from the field in his previous 10 for 16.6 points per game, so expect him to turn it around on Saturday against the Hawks. Dec 19 - 12:11 AM

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Donatas Motiejunas was fantastic against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 18 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

Terrence Jones (leg) is at least getting some shots up at practice, so he's at least on his way back. There is still no timetable for his return, so Motiejunas is good to go as a must-start guy right now. Keep him roster and cross the TJ bridge when you get to it.
Dec 18 - 3:37 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 25 points against the Nuggets on Saturday with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

Well, so much for Dwight Howard affecting him negatively. Motiejunas has been hot in his last five, averaging 17.2 points, 6.8 boards, 1.0 blocks and 0.4 triples on 53.7 percent from the field. It should be interesting to see what happens when Terrence Jones makes his return. For now, both players are worth owning in standard leagues.
Dec 14 - 12:02 AM

Donatas Motiejunas fouled out in the fourth quarter against the Kings on Thursday, scoring 14 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 30 minutes.

He continues to be aggressive on the offensive end with 12 of his 13 shots coming from within eight feet tonight. Motiejunas is likely going to take a hit soon with the return of Dwight Howard possibly coming on Saturday. If you've enjoyed the ride the past two weeks, you might want to lower your expectations beyond this weekend.
Dec 12 - 1:21 AM

Donatas Motiejunas hit 8-of-17 shots for 18 points, six rebounds, two assists and a block in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.

He's been playing very well with Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones hurting, and should continue to be started by fantasy owners as long as the two aforementioned players are in street clothes.
Dec 11 - 1:40 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 16 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 35 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

His defense is vastly improved and the Rockets might even be willing to play him at center once they get their big men back. Motiejunas is holding down middle-round value in his current hot streak, so keep him active.
Dec 7 - 12:25 AM

Donatas Motiejunas continued his stellar run in the starting lineup on Wednesday with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

He is on some kind of roll and had two 20-point games in his three previous games, Motiejunas has been a late-mid round guy during his hot streak here, so he should be owned in standard leagues until he cools off. Although, we would be surprised to see him keep it going once Terrence Jones (leg) comes back.
Dec 4 - 12:00 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 20 points against the Bucks on Saturday with six rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 31 minutes.

He shot 9-of-13 from the field and is heating up. Terrence Jones (leg) was locked in as the starter, but maybe Motiejunas has gained some ground on him. Jones is not coming back any time soon, so Motiejunas might be able to hold some nice value in the next couple weeks. He was only 96th in nine-cat leagues over the past week, so don't bend over backwards to add him.
Nov 30 - 1:09 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored six points with seven rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 26 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

It took him two weeks to get going and he was finally coming around, but it obviously wasn't going to be smooth sailing for a guy who had major consistency issues before this recent hot streak. Motiejunas should hold some decent value in standard leagues for another week or so.
Nov 29 - 12:45 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 21 points against the Kings on Wednesday with six rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer on 10-of-15 from the field.

This is his third effective game in a row with an average of 13.5 points per game in his previous two. He's also seen a major bump in minutes with 35.7 per game over his last three. The Rockets won't get Terrence Jones (leg) back any time soon and Dwight Howard (knee) is out, so Motiejunas is worth a look in all standard leagues now that he seems to have figured it out.
Nov 27 - 1:29 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting with eight rebounds, one steal, one block and one three in 32 minutes against the Knicks.

Motie beating up on the Knicks and getting his usually non-existent peripheral stats isn't swinging the pendulum here, but he has been much more productive than he usually is lately. With Terrence Jones (leg) out long-term and Dwight Howard (knee) a question mark at this moment, we're all on the hunt for the beneficiary and right now Kostas Papanikolaou has a much better stat-set to get the job done with.
Nov 25 - 12:37 AM

Donatas Motiejunas played a whopping 38 minutes (season high) and hit 5-of-7 shots on his way to 14 points, 12 rebounds and a 3-pointer on Saturday.

He also had five turnovers, but who cares? He's been getting some decent run with Dwight Howard out, but this was easily his best game of the season. He had played just 18 minutes in each of his last two games, but got big run tonight, and it paid off. He's still a shaky play in daily or standard leagues, but as long as Howard and Terrence Jones are out, he's at least worth a look from night to night.
Nov 22 - 11:45 PM

Donatas Motiejunas played 18 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one 3-pointer and four fouls.

He may have squandered his last real chance here. Motiejunas had his best opportunity of the season with Dwight Howard (knee) and Terrence Jones (leg) out, but his fouls and turnovers were the headline for him tonight. Fantasy owners just can't trust him right now.
Nov 20 - 2:29 AM

Donatas Motiejunas logged just 18 minutes in Monday's blowout loss, scoring six points on 3-of-8 shooting with two rebounds and one block.

It's starting to feel like Terrence Jones (leg) will miss another month, and we've included the link to one of many scattered reports that had Rockets play-by-play man Bill Worrell saying that "may" be the case. But Motiejunas has been terrible in most formats this year, and it's more likely that there is no real beneficiary due to Jones' time off.
Nov 18 - 1:18 AM

Donatas Motiejunas blocked two shots and stole the ball twice to go with three points and seven boards over 31 minutes on Friday against the Sixers.

The opponent should be noted for their garbage brand of basketball and it should also be noted that Terrence Jones' leg injury isn't yet in the day-to-day realm. Motie's fantasy game is deficient in many areas and he's a desperation add while Jones is out, at best.
Nov 15 - 1:18 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Jason Terry
3Isaiah Canaan
4Alexey Shved
SG1James Harden
2Corey Brewer
3Nick Johnson
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Kostas Papanikolaou
PF1Terrence Jones
2Donatas Motiejunas
3Joey Dorsey
4Clint Capela
C1Dwight Howard
2Tarik Black