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Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward | #12

Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 222
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (20) / MIN
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Donatas Motiejunas (left shin laceration) returned to Sunday's game to finish with six points, four rebounds and one steal in 23 minutes.
Motie left for a while in the first half to get some stitches, but this isn't an injury that should jeopardize his status going forward. His minutes were inflated due to DeMarcus Cousins' foul trouble tonight, so don't read anything into this performance. Feb 26 - 9:52 PM

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Donatas Motiejunas (left shin laceration) is probable to return to Sunday's game.

He'll need a few stitches but it sounds like he's fine.
Feb 26 - 8:19 PM

Donatas Motiejunas was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

This signing just isn't working out and it was a bit misguided from the get-go because the Pelicans wanted him to space the floor a la Channing Frye. Motiejunas is not going to have value while the frontcourt is healthy.
Feb 26 - 12:03 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored two points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in 19 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

The Pelicans wanted him to be a Channing Frye-type contributor, but Motiejunas just can't make shots like Frye can. Even with Terrence Jones (thumb) out, Donuts still couldn't do much, so that is a bad sign going forward.
Feb 11 - 1:15 AM

Donatas Motiejunas did not score with two assists in five minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

He was picking up steam, but he's lost all of it already. Motiejunas will need a few things to happen to have value in most leagues.
Feb 4 - 9:52 PM

Donatas Motiejunas vanished in 12 minutes on Wednesday, grabbing three rebounds without attempting any field goals or free throws.

The Pelicans had won eight straight against the Pistons, going back to Feb. 2013, but their defense betrayed them in a 118-98 drubbing tonight. Motiejunas didn't help on that end, and he obviously wasn't scoring the ball, so coach Alvin Gentry opted to cut his minutes. He has been shooting well lately, but his upside is limited while Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones are around.
Feb 1 - 11:56 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 points with four rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes on Sunday against the Wizards.

Motiejunas has played at least 17 minutes in four consecutive games and has scored 10 or more points in each of those contests. He has received more run as of late and has been efficient, but we would like to see more of this on a consistent basis before considering him a pickup. Fantasy owners can add him to their watch list at this time.
Jan 29 - 8:45 PM

Coach Alvin Gentry said the Pelicans did a good job after Donatas Motiejunas came into Friday's game against the Spurs.

"I thought we started to move the ball a lot more," Gentry added. This is interesting. D-Mo entered the game for Solomon Hill with a 15-7 lead, but checked out with a 38-37 lead after 11 minutes. Motiejunas did turn in arguably his most well-rounded line on Friday, scoring 10 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes. We'd like to see him do it again before signing off on him as a pickup.
Jan 28 - 5:01 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 points with four rebounds, five fouls and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

The last time Anthony Davis (quad) missed a game, Motiejunas played 24 minutes against the Cavs on Monday. Davis could miss time once again, but D-Mo is only a speculative add in deep leagues right now. He hasn't played very well this season.
Jan 26 - 1:24 AM

Donatas Motiejunas played 24 minutes and hit 5-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for a season-high 14 points, four rebounds, a steal and a block in Monday's 124-122 win over the Cavaliers.

D-Mo hadn't scored more than six points in any of his previous six games and got some extra burn with Anthony Davis sitting out with a quad injury tonight. Terrence Jones went ballistic with a career-high 36 points and rocking stat line, while Davis should be back sooner than later. Feel free to put Motiejunas on your watch list, but we'll need to see a lot more where this came from before recommending him as a player to own in 12-team leagues right now.
Jan 23 - 11:32 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored two points with two rebounds in seven minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

He was the 10th man in the rotation and is not looking comfortable in the role he was asked to fill for the Pelicans. Motiejunas doesn't have the highest upside anyway, so his owners shouldn't be clinging too tightly to him right now.
Jan 14 - 8:44 PM

Donatas Motiejunas missed all seven shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line against the Nets on Thursday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 19 minutes.

He even started the second half in this game because Omer Asik was bad and Anthony Davis (hip) was out. Motiejunas still has a lot of rust on him and he's generally had a low upside in his NBA career, but coach Alvin Gentry wants him to fire away from deep. Just keep an eye on him unless you have garbage at the end of your roster.
Jan 12 - 10:41 PM

Donatas Motiejunas started the third quarter on Thursday over Omer Asik.

It's not a surprise with how slow Asik was in the up-tempo game.
Jan 12 - 8:55 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored three points on 1-of-2 shooting in Monday's win over the Knicks.

D-Mo had a promising debut on Saturday vs. the Celtics in which he scored 11 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes, but he only saw 16 minutes this time around. He did add four rebounds with three assists, two steals and one triple, and might have played a little more if the score wasn't so lopsided. Anthony Davis left the game with a left hip injury and D-Mo would be an intriguing pickup if Davis misses, but he's just someone to keep an eye on in deeper leagues for now.
Jan 9 - 9:45 PM

Donatas Motiejunas made his season debut against the Celtics on Saturday, scoring 11 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He played a lot more than expected and was very good in his 20 minutes. Motiejunas was used next to Terrence Jones and Anthony Davis tonight, including some minutes in the fourth quarter. The Pelicans want to use him as a floor-spacing four/five, which has always been a need next to Anthony Davis. Donuts hasn't exactly shown a big upside in his NBA career, but give him a look in 14-team leagues. Most owners should want to see him do it again.
Jan 7 - 9:55 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Jrue Holiday
2Tim Frazier
SG1E'Twaun Moore
2Reggie Williams
SF1Solomon Hill
2Hollis Thompson
3Quincy Pondexter
PF1Anthony Davis
2Dante Cunningham
3Cheick Diallo
4Donatas Motiejunas
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Alexis Ajinca
3Omer Asik