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  • I like how the narrative with Buzelis evolves. Main concern for NBA GMs who have top 1-2 picks is that Buzelis is not exactly yet a guy who has enough aggression to be indisputable No1 go to guy. He is very much a flexible guy who can take it over if needed, but also feels completely fine being complimentary piece (star) on the roster. I think eventually he may make that next step and become more selfish which you have to be if you want to be franchise player, he's definitely not Sedekerskis mentality wise, he wants to score, but essentially Buzelis is Lithuanian He just has team culture in his blood and you can't fake it, you can't rule out as a natural advantage. IMO, this makes his upside even more intriguing. He has some pedigree of players like Bird, Lebron. Americans are beasts in terms of scoring, but they lack players who combine great scoring with great facilitation (and team culture in various ways like team help, rotation without the ball et cetera). Buzelis has a chance to combine both of these things and to be superior of merely scoring machines which NBA have plenty. As NT fan, I have a feeling Buzelis won't need the transition that Iggy needed, he needed one year of harsh school to at least start to get it EL and NBA BB. Brazdeikis per blood is pure Lithuanian, but per game style pure American. Buzelis, IMO, will come to the NT and play fundamentally sound basketball from day one. That's in his blood and he has no issues to fill all sort of things on the court. And yet he can be No.1 option who can go hardcore with the ball in his hands. Essentially I think it's beneficial for him to drop lower than No.1 pick. Less pressure and still elite environment and conditions to develop if you're at least top 8 pick. This review is very spot on on Matas situation ATM:

    Matas Buzelis, G-League Ignite


    Matas Buzelis will benefit from a healthy presence of NBA scouts at every G-League Ignite game. He is a featured presence on a talented roster and his name has hovered around the No. 1 conversation for years at this point. It's not difficult to understand why: he's a 6-foot-9 guard with genuine playmaking equity.

    The NBA loves positional size and versatility. Buzelis projects as a player who can defend three or four positions at his peak. He's not traditionally explosive, but he's extremely fluid and he possesses impressive feel. That last bit is always important when projecting toward the next level. Buzelis knows how to play the game and his role is scalable depending on team needs.

    The primary hangup with Buzelis is his approach. He shoots well enough and he's a skilled finisher at the rim. He makes strong decisions, he thrives pushing the tempo in transition, and he's equally comfortable stationed away from the ball. He regularly makes his presence felt as a cutter, spot-up shooter, and connective passer. The 3s look good and there is upside tied to Buzelis' mid-range pull-up game, but he's simply not aggressive enough. His handle can get a bit loose when he operates in traffic and he doesn't profile as a true No. 1 option yet.

    Obviously, most top picks are expected to play more than second-fiddle. If the right team lands in the No. 1 spot — one that values Buzelis' chameleonic attributes and ability to play within a structure — then it may not matter, but other teams will want to see Buzelis take another leap as a self-creator and offensive alpha as the Ignite's season unfolds.


    With the college basketball on the horizon and professional seasons kicking into gear, let's survey the five best No. 1 pick candidates in the 2024 NBA Draft.

    LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

    Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
    Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
    Buzelis, Lelevicius
    Murauskas, Sirvydis
    Tubelis, Krivas

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    • I'm very intrigued into what player Buzelis develops. The deeper I go with it, the more I understand that he may be more of secondary or third option on a winning team, IMO. By his mentality and game style he's not primarily No.1 option, IMO. He still can be true star in the league, don't get me wrong, can become perennial all star, why not, but I think naturally he's more of secondary option and even himself he's not really to deny that. He says "I will do whatever the coach will ask me, will take the role that is needed and will help to win" something like that. That's a great attitude, but not necessary the best situation for the NT which would benefit from unquestionable No.1 option both NBA and FIBA as Doncic, f.e. With Buzelis the main concern that he is crafty and skilled, but not primarily ball handler. He tends to play off the ball a lot and sometimes even not aggressive enough. Some of the highlights look amazing, but he doesn't have the aggression of elite star on a daily basis (which No.1 pick sort of should be). His handles are a bit loose. He avoids a contact a bit in his driving and finishing. He doesn't have as much facilitation as maybe portrait and that early comparison with Lamelo Ball was way out of hand. Defensively he lacks toughness and doesn't have perfect latteral quickness. All that is major concerns, but at the same time he has so many good qualities and is one of the best LTU prospects ever by far (I think A. Sabonis and Buzelis should be top 2 ever). I'm looking forward to see more cause now he's a bit of enigma. Potential is insane, but, IMO, concerns are bigger than most scouts show. This G League season will answer a lot of things. Buzelis says that he added around 11kg in this off season and will play mainly 3 and 4 this season.

      I can only say this. We are very lucky to have 2 fundamentally sound and nearly academical (specially in Marciulionis case) point guards. We'll need them. As long as we have that, we have a good foundation to adjust to either situation.



      LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

      Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
      Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
      Buzelis, Lelevicius
      Murauskas, Sirvydis
      Tubelis, Krivas

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      • ESPN has Buzelis at 6th now.

        6. Matas Buzelis | SF | G League Ignite


        6-10 | Age: 19.0 | Previously ranked: 3

        Buzelis' appeal lies in his versatility at 6-foot-10, showing the ability to do a little bit of everything in terms of ballhandling, perimeter shooting, passing and defensive playmaking. He did not have a great showing in G League Ignite's opening preseason games against Perth, struggling with the physicality of the pro game on both ends of the floor before sitting out the team's trip to Singapore because of an ankle injury. Having added significant weight to his frame -- up from 185 pounds in January to 210 now as listed by Ignite -- Buzelis will have a huge runway with Ignite's 48-game G League season to show what he can hang his hat on as an elite-level prospect.



        BTW, it seems like it will be big draft year for Euros. There's French Alex Sarr, Risacher Saulan, Spaniards Almansa, Mara, Nunez and Serbian Topic and some others might all be among top 25 picks.
        LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

        Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
        Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
        Buzelis, Lelevicius
        Murauskas, Sirvydis
        Tubelis, Krivas

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        • Buzelis about to come back after ankle injury.

          Here's The Pro Route with Matas Buzelis. Good to have a dad ex PRO player, but also PRO masseur.

          Another day, another opportunity to be great! Go behind the scenes during NBA G League Fall Invitational with G League Ignite star and top 2024 NBA Draft pro...


          LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

          Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
          Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
          Buzelis, Lelevicius
          Murauskas, Sirvydis
          Tubelis, Krivas

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          • Good start for Buzelis at G League after injury. 11pts just in 16min of action. I really like how he coasting down the court, really impressive smoothness for his size. I think he's an inch smoother and more guard like than Franz Wagner. I don't know if Matas can reach Franz's incredibly optimal go get to abilities, it's like he can always go the shortiest and most efficient ways, and reach his passing ability, but the coasting with that length and smoothness/coordination with the ball is special:

            https://twitter.com/gleagueignite/st...379518/video/2
            LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

            Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
            Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
            Buzelis, Lelevicius
            Murauskas, Sirvydis
            Tubelis, Krivas

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            • Second game and Buzelis continues to show his massive impact. Threes didn't fall, but he just flat out game changing piece out there. You can feel how his size and agility changes defensive presence. Imagine having Buzelis at 3 and even 2 at times. My goodness. He can move his legs, stay with guards or challenge even centers if needed with that length. And at the other end can be a go-to guy. I like how he added muscles, but remained extremely thin, athletic. That's elite physicality, elite attitude at being PRO athlete. Remember how Raptors made a fat turtle out of JV very first off season...Aidas Buzelis won't allow that to Matas

              LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

              Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
              Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
              Buzelis, Lelevicius
              Murauskas, Sirvydis
              Tubelis, Krivas

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              • Buzelis with big game, 21pts, 8rbs, great shooting %, game winner. He brought wins when he started to play. Previously Ignite was losing everything. All good signs. Here's highlights. Very unselfish, very willing passer. He will surely won't screw NT BB culture with dumb ISO action. You can clearly feel Lithuanian blood runs through his veins, he just moves that rock and plays fundamentally sound basketball:

                The NBA G League is the NBA's official minor league. Fans can get a glimpse at the players, coaches and officials competing to ascend to the NBA's rank. With...


                LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

                Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
                Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
                Buzelis, Lelevicius
                Murauskas, Sirvydis
                Tubelis, Krivas

                Comment


                • This season we see Buzelis sealing and posting up. Basically that was non existant last season. He tries to add this to this game and at the G League level it already gives benefits. Then he's becoming even more active defensively. In each game he delivers blocks and steals. 3 and 3 in last game. It's G League where the game is rather loose, but it's still good indications. He is willing on and off the ball player. What I like about his game is that he's willing to do a little bit everything literally. He's not stubborn in any part of the game and seems to be interested in all aspects of the game, like a great student. This makes me believe he will be one of the most universal players in the game overall. Such top picks as Banchero, Wemby, Chet don't have Buzelis ballhandling and craftiness. It's a great news for the NT cause he doesn't have megalomania too (at least so far) and adjusts to situation very willingly. The main question about Buzelis development now - how consistent he can be with his three ball. That quick pick and pop three was nasty as his fist highlight. If he can perfect that, game over. He can get clean look all day long. If he's good with three, he can be deadly. Superstar potential.

                  LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

                  Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
                  Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
                  Buzelis, Lelevicius
                  Murauskas, Sirvydis
                  Tubelis, Krivas

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                  • The FG % is not there yet for Matas, but I am just amazed to see what kind of package he has. Again, aside 17-23yo Arvydas Sabonis, we never had such player who can impact the game like Buzelis can And even Sabonis wasn't a ball handler. He has very good timing at the D end for deflections and blocks and his offensive versatility is incredible. With all respect to Marciulionis, Karnisovas, Kleiza, Siskauskas (IMO, our all time most versatile scorers), Buzelis' versatility, ISO skills are at completely different level. With that length to be that smooth and skilled is scary. He plays ISO very naturally, without a single thought.

                    The NBA G League is the NBA's official minor league. Fans can get a glimpse at the players, coaches and officials competing to ascend to the NBA's rank. With...
                    LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

                    Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
                    Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
                    Buzelis, Lelevicius
                    Murauskas, Sirvydis
                    Tubelis, Krivas

                    Comment


                    • Interesting shooting slump for Buzelis. Is it pressure, is it simple sign of streakiness, adjustment to the new body and environment? I personally think he can shoot, he has a touch and mechanics are solid. Will look forward how he will cope with that. That's the moments when you get to know players mentality a little bit. He exceeds with rebounds and defensive stops. I think defensively he showed more than he previously was designed for, which is the most positive thing so far.

                      As for LTU NT best interest, no-one is so explosive in ISO scoring as Buzelis. We need this kind of presence in the NT. Even if he would turn out to be limited shooter, this alone would be huge factor for the NT:



                      LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

                      Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
                      Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
                      Buzelis, Lelevicius
                      Murauskas, Sirvydis
                      Tubelis, Krivas

                      Comment


                      • Clear offensive foul. At least in Euroleague and FIBA. Just saying.

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                        • Originally posted by Dreamcatcher View Post
                          Clear offensive foul. At least in Euroleague and FIBA. Just saying.
                          Don't see it. He simply beat his opponent who lost his defensive position. Look from this angle, you wouldn't even think about offensive foul. The contact was within regulation. Just saying, not that it's important



                          LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

                          Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
                          Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
                          Buzelis, Lelevicius
                          Murauskas, Sirvydis
                          Tubelis, Krivas

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                          • What I like about Buzelis G League season is that he showed more defense than he previously was projected. He exceeded at that end. That's very positive. He won't be a player of one end. He will highly impact both sides with his size. He also will play in NBA ALL star weekend, with G League all star going against all NBA rookies and all NBA second year players. Good experience.

                            In the future Marciulionis, Rubstavicius, Buzelis, Sedekerskis, Tubelis line-up could be very interesting. It would be pretty nice at both ends.

                            LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

                            Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
                            Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
                            Buzelis, Lelevicius
                            Murauskas, Sirvydis
                            Tubelis, Krivas

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                            • Watch that poster on Almanza and specially that second poster attempt on him. My goodness. He caught the ball and leaped from two feet. That's not Tubelis who can jump only going 100miles per hour (like Kalnietis could too). Matas has unique athleticism for a white guy. Literally Lithuania never had a player of such upside since young and healthy Arvydas Sabonis. No-one else stands even close. That's what I call generational talent for Lithuania. He possesses the potential to be complete game changer. If he can utilize at least 80% of his talent and upside, he will be dominant player both NBA and FIBA, like +20pts kinda player anywhere he plays and legit defence.



                              LTU NT will snatch Eurobasket 2029 title with this roster:

                              Jokubaitis, Marciulionis, Laurencikas
                              Indrusaitis, Brazdeikis, Rubstavicius
                              Buzelis, Lelevicius
                              Murauskas, Sirvydis
                              Tubelis, Krivas

                              Comment


                              • Buzelis looks so skinny and so raw like 3 years away since he realistically can help men NT on the floor

                                Last night fat player that was released by nba team put 50+pts on those skinny youngsters from ignite with their joke team with 2-29 record

                                No wonder nba decided to end this ignite team its not working when youngsters just hunting for personal statistics dont even try to win the freaking game.In such atmosphere its hard to learn anything about winning and right basketball

                                We can see in nba other top lotery picks from Ignite products like Kuminga or Henderson was so raw and so clueless on the floor in first few seasons in nba.

                                Kuminga sucked first 2 seasons and finally in 3rd season he showing his real abilities but i give credit warriors for reteaching him everything.

                                3rd pick Ignite leader Henderson should have chalenged Wemby for rookie of the year prediction was like that,but he is barely even top 10 rookie and blazers still plays him alot. He is biggest dissapointing from all top 10 drafted rookies this season.He clearly also learned bad things in that Ignite selfish statistic hunting team


                                That Ignite team is not what basketball is all about. Its way better go to Australia main league or play in some uleb team for any youngster. In those places real basketball is played.
                                Last edited by Shawshank; 03-23-2024, 12:07 PM.

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