Houston Rockets Draft Prospect Series: Domantas Sabonis


A top lottery prospect that is slowly falling from grace on the boards, the son of hall of famer Arvydas Sabonis, Gonzaga Bulldogs Domantas Sabonis looks to be a talented big man with much to offer for a lot of teams in the league. But with some mock drafts ranging his selection wildly from 8th to 29th position, there’s still a decent chance that the Houston Rockets could strike a deal to land the young Lithuanian provided there’s enough interest in him, that is.

Draft Prospect


Another intriguing prospect who’s seen his stock skyrocket and plummet with the same speed, Domantas Sabonis at one point was even considered a Top-5 pick. As concerns emerged regarding his athleticism and defensive prowess, Sabonis draft value suffered.

Yet here’s a talented big man from Lithuania who’s capable of scoring in bunches and contributing a double-double every night if given the chance in the league.


  • Height: 6’10″
  • Weight: 238 lbs
  • Country: Lithuania
  • Position: Power Forward / Center
  • Age: 20
  • Reach: NA
  • Wingspan: 6’10″
  • College or Pro League: Gonzaga, Sophomore
  • Stat line: 35 Games, 17.5 Points Per Game, 11.8 Rebounds Per Game, 1.8 Assists Per Game, 35.7 3P%, 60.6 FG%, 76.8 FT%

Current Rank

Bleacher Report: 29

Draft Express: 18

NBA Draft.net: 8

Fox Sports: 14

NBA Scott Howard-Cooper: 14

The Skills

The son of the legendary Blazers center Arvydas, Domantas Sabonis greatly resembles his father. He is a talented player in the post (shooting 67%) has a lot of mobility and quickness for a big man, a vast repertoire of plays and excellent footwork playing inside the paint.

He is a good if yet unproven jump shooter but has shown glimpses of being able to add this weapon to his arsenal.

Defensively he is a great rebounder as his averages almost 12 boards per game evidences. Domantas’ great instincts, terrific hands and anticipation more than makes up for his lack of explosiveness when crashing the boards.

Awards and Honors

Second Team Academic All-American (2016)

First Team All-WCC (2016)

Second Team All-WCC (2015)

WCC All-Freshman Team (2015)

The Fit

It’s true that the young Gonzaga product does possess some versatility and could play either as a Power Forward or Center. But since the Houston Rockets are pretty much set in the center department with the much more athletic Clint Capela, Domantas would best fit as a PF in Houston.

If Sabonis shows evolution perhaps he could even become a better upgraded version of his countryman Donatas Motiejunas. That’s a big “if” however.

But in case that happens and provided he improves on defense, Sabonis would be able to excel in both positions, either as a Power Forward or a Center in Houston, mostly coming from the bench. I still have some doubts as to whether he could grow into a stretch four, nevertheless as far as the Rockets bench goes, Sabonis would be a valuable sixth man.

Final Thoughts

Even if Domantas Sabonis stock has plummeted in the last couple weeks as teams are not yet convinced by the player’s athleticism and defensive skills, he remains a lock to be selected in the first round.

More from Space City Scoop

Therefore if there’s any interest from H-town in acquiring the big man then it would have to be via trade. So far there are a few signs that indicates Sabonis will fall outside the lottery picks thus making it easy for the Rockets to sign him if it’s Morey’s wish.

For my part I feel Sabonis could be a good addition to the team as long as he comes in cheap. On the other hand, the Texan team already has a player with very similar features in Donatas Motiejunas.

At the end of the day perhaps the Rockets would be best served focusing on a point guard or a defensive specialist in the draft night.

Next: Complete list of 2016 -2017 Free Agents

Next: Rockets Fans Speak - the Series

Space City Scoop is always looking to add new talent to our writing team. Currently we’re looking for individuals with a specialized focus. The first area of focus is perfect for someone who is constantly surfing the web for breaking news on injuries, trades, insider info etc. This individual would select the top news items and provide timely quick hits to keep SCS readers in the loop.

The other area of focus is someone who possesses a strong social media background who likes to interact with Clutch City Fans. You’ll promote SCS team content on facebook and twitter while also making sure to promote the best content coming from H-Town fans. If you have this capability and are interested check out this link and fill out an application.