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Daily Times staff writer Dennis Deitch covers the 76ers

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

76ers Draft -- Is Motiejunas The Guy?

The 76ers have worked out a lot of guys this month who have absolutely no shot of being their first-round choice in Thursday's draft.

Monday, however, was different.

The Sixers hosted Lithuanian 7-footer Donatas Motiejunas for a solo workout at PCOM, and when it comes to what the Sixers could use, no one in this draft might fit the bill better than this guy.

According to Sixers draft guru Courtney Witte, Motiejunas measured at more than 7'0" in his bare feet, and the 20-year-old isn't a beanpole. He has put on more than 20 pounds in the past year, and he is carrying his 240 pounds solidly.

He's left-handed. He has a Type-A personality. And while he has grown up as a perimeter big man, he told the Sixers he believes his destiny
is to play center and to develop a low-post game.

Motiejunas has fallen out of favor with some because of some inconsistent workouts. But he has shown his shooting touch at high levels of competition. The guy can shoot. So what if he was off-line with some shots in an empty gym, solo with a bunch of middle-aged dudes staring at him?

There are concerns about whether he has the capability to rebound. They say this about almost every Euro guy because rebounding is a different animal in the international game. He has length, size and good hands. I'll wager the guy can rebound when asked to do so.

That Motiejunas worked out for the Sixers tells you something. His stock has fallen a bit in recent months, and the Sixers might sense an opportunity. Teams in the Nos. 10-13 range are willing to listen to offers to trade down. If Motiejunas is still on the board as the draft gets in that range, it would not be a shock to see the Sixers try to package Marreese Speights and/or a future No. 1 to move up and take Motiejunas.

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