SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 27: Marcus Morris #22 and Markieff Morris #21 of the Kansas Jayhawks react during the southwest regional final of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Alamodome on March 27, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. Virginia Commonwealth defeated Kansas 71-61. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Oh.my.lord. Tis officially mock draft season. Chad Ford has us taking Donatas Motiejunas, the 7-foot 19 year-old from Lithuania. The big man draws a lot of – whether warranted or not – comparisons to Andrea Bargnani. He's currently 15th on ESPN's big board and ninth on DX's.
Here's Ford's analysis:
The Sixers have a ton of talent in the backcourt. But their frontcourt is a mess right now. Thaddeus Young is a free agent and a bit of a tweener. Elton Brand rebounded a bit this season, but his best days are behind him. Motiejunas might not be the answer, but at this point in the draft, he's worth a look. He's an aggressive scorer who can get to the rim. However, his lack of rebounding and defense is an issue.
Ford has us passing on Markieff Morris, Kenneth Faried, Chris Singleton and Lucas Noguiera – all guys I'd rather have than Donatas. The four prospects I just mentioned I've written about earlier this season, and they all made an appearance on my early wish list. Donatas did not.
For a little more reading on Motiejunas check out our official Liberty Ballers Big Board from last year's draft, where Donatas was our 12th rated prospect (Mike had him as his 7th best prospect). Also, here's a brief draft profile I put together for Donatas last year, and a post where I dubbed him one of the 'five guys I didn't want' in the 2010 draft.
Of the four writers on the blog Derek clearly knows the most about Donatas because of his access to international game tape. He's the guy to ask any questions you have about Donatas. The rest of us are just basing our opinions on what we read.
What do you guys think of Ford's first mock? It will surely change a lot before the draft. Of the 15 guys Ford has going ahead of the Sixers, only 5 are listed as either power forwards or centers, so the Sixers should still have a nice set of big men to select from at 16.