Player Page

Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward

Team: Houston Rockets
Age / DOB:  (24) / 9/20/1990
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 222
College: None
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

Donatas Motiejunas started and had 16 points, five rebounds, a steals and two 3-pointers on 6-of-16 shooting in Wednesday's win over Dallas.
Dwight Howard has edema in his right knee (fluid buildup) and could miss time, meaning that D-Mo, Josh Smith and Terrence Jones (he's back) should all be owned until we find out more details about Howard's return date. Jan 29 - 12:24 AM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

Donatas Motiejunas scored 15 points with six rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 23 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

He shifted to the center spot with Dwight Howard (ankle) out and that'll continue. If Howard misses time, that should help D-Mo's numbers overall. He is worth owning in standard leagues.
Jan 24 - 1:34 AM

Donatas Motiejunas hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, three rebounds and two assists in Wednesday's loss to the Warriors.

That snapped a 12-game streak of double-digit scoring for D-Mo and he's been rebounding the ball well. He's still averaging 13.4 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals in January, and the Rockets just didn't have it going against the Dubs tonight. And once Terrence Jones finally returns, things could get a little dicey in regards to Motiejunas.
Jan 22 - 1:24 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with nine rebounds and four assists over 34 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Pacers.

Motie did not have any money counting stats (3PTs, STLs, BLKs) and that takes a lot of the shine off this line. He's going to have his work cut out for him whenever Terrence Jones returns, but he has been playing at a mid-round level for a few weeks and owners should ride him all the way to the edge of the cliff.
Jan 19 - 10:59 PM

Donatas Motiejunas played 22 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

It was another solid game for Motiejunas and he's really maximized his strengths. No player has more makes on hook shots this season and he's been able to post up a lot better than last season. It'll be interesting to see what happens once Terrence Jones (leg) comes back, but D-Mo is still worth owning in most leagues.
Jan 18 - 12:22 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes against the Nets on Monday.

He continues to outplay Josh Smith and he's played at least 36 minutes in three consecutive games, averaging 16.3 points, 9.3 boards, 2.3 steals and 0.7 triples in that span. Motiejunas should be starting everywhere right now and it's going to be very interesting to see what happens when Terrence Jones (leg) comes back.
Jan 12 - 10:41 PM

Donatas Motiejunas double-doubled in Saturday's win over the Jazz, finishing with 14 points, 10 boards, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

It was thought that he wouldn't be able to hold onto his value due to the arrival of Josh Smith but Motiejunas has actually put up solid numbers for Houston recently. He has now scored in double digits for seven straight games and coach Kevin McHale loves his ability to stretch the floor to give Dwight Howard more room to operate. Owners in need of a big should at least give him a look, at least until Terrence Jones (leg) eventually returns.
Jan 10 - 11:21 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scores 17 points against the Knicks on Thursday with seven rebounds, three assists and three steals in 36 minutes during a 120-96 win.

Too bad he can't play the Knicks every night. The Rockets are playing him at center as well as Josh Smith, so Motiejunas could have some low-end value. Although, there's little reason to be too attached to him to add a hot free agent.
Jan 8 - 11:46 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting (no threes) with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in Monday's loss to the Bulls.

This is a nice game and Motiejunas has handled himself well this year, but he's barely hanging on in the top-150 over the past two weeks and that's before Terrence Jones theoretically returns at some point.
Jan 6 - 12:23 AM

Donatas Motiejunas scored 12 points in a start against the Heat on Saturday with two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

While the starting nod does help his fantasy value, he's still only going to share time at power forward. Motiejunas could also lose playing time once Terrence Jones (leg) comes back, so there's little incentive to add him.
Jan 4 - 12:53 AM

Donatas Motiejunas is starting vs. the Heat on Saturday, replacing Josh Smith.

Josh Smith has been terrible since arriving in Houston and the relegation to the bench was definitely deserved. Motiejunas played admirably for the Rockets before the Smith trade, so it makes a lot of sense to add him in most leagues as long he holds onto the starting gig.
Jan 3 - 7:39 PM

Donatas Motiejunas played just 20 minutes off the bench on Monday, scoring three points on 1-of-3 shooting with six rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Rockets may have been better off with Motie in the starting lineup, but wherever he plays there aren't going to be enough minutes or touches to float his fantasy value. If you had been holding on, it's okay to make the drop.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 12:12:00 AM

Donatas Motiejunas said he doesn't care whether he starts or comes off the bench "as long as I'm playing."

D-Mo was buried in Houston's rotation for much of his NBA career prior to this season, and now that he's established himself as a capable contributor, there is no reason he would be removed from the rotation. However, D-Mo's minutes will shrink with Josh Smith now in the fold and with the eventual return of Terrence Jones (leg), but he's locked into a primary backup role at this time.
Mon, Dec 29, 2014 12:45:00 PM

Donatas Motiejunas shifted to a bench role vs. the Spurs on Sunday, posting 11 points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Rockets' 106-110 defeat.

Motie has played well all season but his fantasy outlook took a huge hit when the Rockets signed Josh Smith and promised him a starting role. He logged 25 minutes on Sunday and is getting enough playing time to retain late-round value as a reserve, but most fantasy owners should be able to find higher-upside free agents as the season progresses.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 10:07:00 PM

Donatas Motiejunas started and scored four points on 2-of-4 shooting with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 31 minutes in Friday's overtime win.

Motiejunas had started to improve his versatility and played well enough to hold some low-end value in standard leagues over the past few weeks. But with Josh Smith coming in and wasting no time taking on a primary role, there are enough hurdles for owners to move on a drop. If there is any good news for deep league owners it's that Terrence Jones will be out at least a month, and that should leave Motie a 24-28 minute role, albeit with limited touches.
Sat, Dec 27, 2014 02:21:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Patrick Beverley
2Jason Terry
3Isaiah Canaan
SG1James Harden
2Corey Brewer
3Alexey Shved
4Nick Johnson
SF1Trevor Ariza
2Kostas Papanikolaou
PF1Donatas Motiejunas
2Josh Smith
3Terrence Jones
C1Dwight Howard
2Joey Dorsey
3Clint Capela