Apr 1, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Donatas Motiejunas (20) drives the ball during the second quarter against the Orlando Magic at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
While the Houston Rockets still have a hole at the power forward position, Donatas Motiejunas is doing everything he can to earn that starting spot. Check him out the other day in an international game for his native Lithuania national team as they played Belgium.
D-Mo finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals in 23 minutes, leading his team to a 86-61 win. Motiejunas was very efficient as well, shooting 6 for 10(60 percent) from the field, and 40 percent(2 for 5) from behind the 3-point line.
He also looks noticeably bigger, and his body looks more toned down. It also looks like D-Mo has been doing work on the treadmill: there were a couple of times where he outran everybody else down the floor, and looks to be in peak shape.
Motiejunas is coming off his first full season in the NBA, where he averaged 5.7 points and 2 rebounds in 44 games. He also made 14 starts in a span from late February to early April.
The skilled left-handed 7-footer was drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 20th overall pick in the 2011, and was traded to the Rockets 3 days later along with Johnny Flynn for Brad Miller and the draft rights of Nikola Mirotić.