Black Urum, on 14 November 2010 - 06:53 PM, said:
#4 in 2011 draft? Impressive.
But if he goes in the summer he will get his ass whooped by American big guys. He'll get literally slaughtered.
Also NBA teams have this bad habit of pumping up skinny white players immediately, and they lose a lot of their touch. So straight forward is right, he must put on weight and muscle gradually, in Europe.
4th pick would be a record for Lithuanian players (we are talking about such stars as Sabas, Marčiulionis, Ilgauskas). Off course, one could only guess which pick would be young and non-injured Sabas these days when such as Miličič gets first picks, but it would be still amazing. Specially if I would be optimist and I would remember that Ilgauskas was only 20th pick and he was getting 20 points and 12 rebounds in very strong team at that time Kaunas "Atletas" while being 19/20yo. And than Ilgauskas became all-star player in NBA.
My prediction is - he can be an NBA all star one day. Important thing is that he would play for NT
PS: Valanciunas won't make the same mistake. I think he might be departed to some top Euroleague club already after this season, but I think he should stay in Rytas for one more season and than to join some Euroleagaue powerhouse.
This post has been edited by straight forward: 14 November 2010 - 08:46 PM