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Donatas Motiejunas | Center/Forward

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

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Donatas Motiejunas missed all 11 shots from the field on Wednesday with four rebounds, one assist and three fouls in 23 minutes.
Yikes. With Dwight Howard resting tonight, this was a big chance for D-Mo and he completely blew it. Motiejunas lost even more ground to Terrence Jones (neck) for minutes at the four, so he's not really worth drafting in most leagues. Oct 22 - 9:29 PM

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Donatas Motiejunas came off the bench to hit 7-of-11 shots for 18 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes on Tuesday.

He easily outplayed Terrence Jones and is trying to take the starting PF job from him. Kevin McHale has called it an "open competition," but we've seen Motiejunas play like this before in the preseason. Jones is still the guy to own here, but Motiejunas has at least given us some pause. Let's see where they are in a week or so before getting too excited about DM's big line tonight.
Oct 8 - 2:16 AM

The Rockets intend to pick up their fourth-year contract option for PF/C Donatas Motiejunas.

Head coach Kevin McHale has criticized Motie for poor rebounding and a lack of physicality, reflected in his career rebounding rate of 11.9 percent. Although Motiejunas effectively defended pick-and-rolls last year, but he was atrocious in isolations and against spot-up shooters. With a likely backup role behind Dwight Howard and Terrence Jones, he doesn't have enough breathing room to be drafted in typical fantasy leagues.
Sep 30 - 5:42 PM

Coach Kevin McHale said he wants some toughness from Donatas Motiejunas.

"[Motiejunas] knows what he has to do if he wants to play," McHale said. "I told him you gotta rebound at a high level and you have to defend with some physicality." The Rockets lost a lot of their frontcourt depth with Omer Asik now in New Orleans and Chandler Parsons in Dallas. Terrence Jones is a strong bet for a breakout season while D-Mo is more of a late-round lottery ticket in deeper leagues.
Sep 11 - 8:50 PM

Donatas Motiejunas said he'd like to play with the Lakers if he were to leave the Rockets.

He recently mentioned how Dwight Howard and James Harden don't interact with the team much, but he did say that was only a joke on a radio show. Motiejunas said the Lakers not having depth up front was his reasoning, but this was also likely just a joke and shouldn't be taken seriously. He is expected to stay with the Rockets and he could see some minutes at center now that Omer Asik is in New Orleans.
Source: TalkBasket
Aug 9 - 10:14 AM

Donatas Motiejunas stated in a recent interview that he agreed with Houston's decision to let Chandler Parsons walk.

"[Parsons is] a good player, but would it be logical for management to pay him more than Harden?" Motiejunas said. "I think that alone determined they couldn't keep him. Harden would be the third player on the team and he wouldn't tolerate it." When the Rockets agreed to terms with Trevor Ariza it didn't make much sense for them to also offer Parsons a big-money contract, and that perhaps played into the decision of letting him walk more so than the money issue with Harden, but it's an interesting point brought up by Motiejunas.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 27 - 9:53 AM

Donatas Motiejunas double-doubled with 18 points and 13 rebounds on Sunday, helping the Rockets advance to the Summer League tournament finals.

There's nothing at stake beyond pride and player development, but Motiejunas has averaged a healthy 16.7 points on 64.4 percent shooting while helping Houston to a 5-3 record. He has yet to develop reliable 3-point range and his lack of defensive stats are a major obstacle to fantasy value this season, but he deserves close attention in deeper leagues.
Jul 20 - 8:12 PM

Donatas Motiejunas excelled vs. the Hawks in a win on Saturday with 19 points, 13 boards, one assist and two 3-pointers.

He's scored at least 13 points in all seven of his summer-league games. Motiejunas had a couple great games last year during the season, but he's still going to be behind Terrence Jones. He'd likely need an injury in order to be a consistent player in the NBA.
Jul 19 - 8:34 PM

Donatas Motiejunas came off the bench for 13 points, 15 rebounds and a block in 24 minutes on Tuesday.

D-Mo was great tonight, but this was a blowout and Terrence Jones left early with an apparent leg cramp. It's possible he could do this again at some point, but he was clearly a beneficiary of garbage time in this one.
Apr 9 - 1:24 AM

Donatas Motiejunas came off the bench for 13 points and five rebounds in Wednesday's loss at Toronto.

Terrence Jones (illness) started, but lasted just 10 minutes. That left Motiejunas to start the second half and play 23 minutes total. Still, this is about the ceiling for a player that has consistently disappointed when given opportunities. Owners should be aiming higher during Friday's full slate even if Jones sits.
Apr 2 - 10:45 PM

Donatas Motiejunas started Tuesday's game at PF in place of Terrence Jones (flu) but he picked up four personal fouls in only eight minutes of action.

Motie couldn't defend Paul Pierce and he never got a chance to score or rebound given his disastrous foul total. Jordan Hamilton, Omri Casspi and Francisco Garcia all played more minutes off the bench as a consequence, and with T-Jones day-to-day there's no reason to bother with Motiejunas in any leagues.
Apr 1 - 11:04 PM

Donatas Motiejunas played 27 minutes off the bench on Saturday vs. the Clippers with six points, seven boards, one assist and two blocks.

Terrence Jones was in foul trouble and Dwight Howard (ankle) is out, so D-Mo saw some extra run. Motiejunas should have minutes in the 20s and will be worth a look in deeper leagues thanks to the fast pace of the Rockets.
Mar 29 - 11:28 PM

Donatas Motiejunas scored a career-high 20 points vs. the Wolves on Thursday with six boards, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

Motiejunas was dominant in the post and shot 9-of-11 from the field. Nine of his 20 points came in the fourth quarter in this blowout win and Dwight Howard (ankle) did not play, so this great night doesn't affect his outlook for the weekend. Unless you're just looking for a spot-start against the Cavs on Saturday as some Howard insurance, D-Mo can stay on the wire.
Mar 20 - 11:21 PM

Donatas Motiejunas went to the locker room in the second quarter of Wednesday's game.

He looked like he took a shot to the face and perhaps may have been poked in the eye. Motiejunas did return to the game and looks to be fine.
Mar 5 - 7:49 PM

Donatas Motiejunas played 22 minutes and had eight points, four rebounds and two assists on 2-of-6 shooting Wednesday.

He's starting to eat into the playing time of Terrence Jones, along with Omer Asik and Jordan Hamilton. Motiejunas has not fantasy value, but might be ruining Jones with the increase in playing time. Motiejunas is averaging 19.2 minutes per game over his last five, while Jones is clocking in at just over 20.
Feb 27 - 3:30 AM

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