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    I think it's save to say we have a new hope of Lithunian basketball. Arvydas' youngest son - Domantas Sabonis. I hope I wouldn't be exaggerating while saying that he's the most promising player of Lithuania after Valančiūnas and Motiejūnas today. That confirms the fact that Domantas just joined Unicaja senior team for a training camp. Also he gets plenty of offers of USA basketball schools and probably just instantly appeared on radar of NBA scouts.

    Domantas added 6 centimeters in one year and now 16 years old stands as 205 cm PF/C. He had 14,1 points, 14,4 rebounds, 2,4 assists and 1,4 blocks per game in U-16 European Championship.

    Lithuania's Domantas Sabonis was on the verge of breaking a new record on Tuesday night against Poland at the Dadu U16 European Championship Men, picking up 27 rebounds to tie with England'sDaniel Clark for the most rebounds in a game at a men's Youth European Championship.

    Averaging 12.3 boards a game prior to Tuesday, Sabonis is no stranger to life under the hoops, but unfortunately tying the record was no cause for celebration for the 2.05m centre with his team losing 77-69, placing them on verge of elimination.

    Picking up eight rebounds in the opening quarter, Sabonis was making his impact felt early. With a further eight in the second quarter, another record was just missed out on with his haul of 16 in the opening half enough to place Sabonis second on the list for individual rebounds in a first half.

    The rebounds kept coming for the big man in the third quarter, and with a frame to play the record was well within reach.

    Tying with Clark with two-and-a-half minutes still to play, it looked inevitable that the record would be broken, but the illusive 28th was not forthcoming.

    Son of Lithuanian basketball legend and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, Arvydas Sabonis, Domantas comes from a strong basketball pedigree. His older brother, Tautvydas, was part of the Lithuanian U20 men's team that won the U20 European Championship on Sunday.

    http://u16men.fibaeurope.com/en/coid...2.articleMode_...

    Domantas is only a young kid (barely 16), seems to be showing some promise. Heard he was the best of Arvydas' sons and he is apparently around 6'8-6'9. Doubt he gets to be 7'3 like his dad, just a player to watch and a monster rebounding game .
    http://www.nbadraft.net/forum/domant...ounding-record

    I think he deserves a thread. Let's follow and dicuss this young talent.



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    It's ironic though that his U16 team did not have nearly the success of the U20 or U18 team's this 2012 summer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Hepcat View Post
    It's ironic though that his U16 team did not have nearly the success of the U20 or U18 team's this 2012 summer.

    Yeah, but it wasn't his fault. Too many fouls, turnovers, and poor defense combined with poor free throw shooting did them in. No one extremely talented except Sabonis.

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    Seems like Domantas is literaly growing. He's 2.08cm while he was 2.05cm or 2.04cm this summer. It will be interesting to see how tall he end up. Playing well in NIJT Roma so far.
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    17yo Sabonis will play for U18. 15 points and 7 boards in the first prelimenary game against Finland. Will be interesting to see how he'll look against older opponents.
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    Just for comparison, 17 year old Valanciunas averaged 19.3 pts/10.6 reb/2.5 blk/72 % FG in 2009 U18 tournament.

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    The kid can move for his size. If he will add some stenght and athleticism to throw this down, he's sure fire NBA prospect:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Listas View Post
    Just for comparison, 17 year old Valanciunas averaged 19.3 pts/10.6 reb/2.5 blk/72 % FG in 2009 U18 tournament.
    And after the first 3 games in 2013 U18 Eurochampionship, a 17 year old Sabonis is averaging 17.7 points on 54.3FG%, a whopping 17.3 rebounds, as well as 2.7 assists and 1.0 steal.

    The kid is a stud, beasting on players 1 year older than him. He has a nice post-game, GREAT knack for the ball and therefore elite rebounding, great passing. For now his only glaring weakness is his shooting touch. The guy shot around 50-60% from the free-throw line this past season when playing for Malaga, he doesn't seem to have a reliable 2pt/3pt jumper either. If he could somehow improve his shot, he might just become a lottery pick some day.
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    Damn, the kid can rebound...

    Lithuania will be packed at frontline with Jonas, Motiejunas and Domantas...

    It's strange he's not a perfect shooter though. He's Sabonis after all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight forward View Post
    It's strange he's not a perfect shooter though. He's Sabonis after all
    He's still got time to develop. Jonas wasn't much of a shooter either in his U-tournaments, but look at him now - best NBA true shooting percentage by the rookie in ages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macleopard13 View Post
    He's still got time to develop. Jonas wasn't much of a shooter either in his U-tournaments, but look at him now - best NBA true shooting percentage by the rookie in ages.
    That's what I'm hoping for. He mentioned in some interview that he's currently developing his body strength while simultaneously playing for Malaga / National team. That might very well be the case for his relatively poor shooting percentages as of this moment. One thing is for sure, if he does develops his shooting touch, he will be one scary motherf*cker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macleopard13 View Post
    He's still got time to develop. Jonas wasn't much of a shooter either in his U-tournaments, but look at him now - best NBA true shooting percentage by the rookie in ages.
    JV always has been reliable FT shooter
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    Quote Originally Posted by lafa View Post
    JV always has been reliable FT shooter
    this...Jonas always had a nice shooting touch. Shooting the basketball is not something that you can develop - a player either has it or not. Just look at Shaq's or Dwight Howard's shooting woes

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmax View Post
    this...Jonas always had a nice shooting touch. Shooting the basketball is not something that you can develop - a player either has it or not. Just look at Shaq's or Dwight Howard's shooting woes
    There are countless examples of players that were poor FT shooters in his youth and developed that shot late in his carreer. Felipe Reyes for instance not only went from 50-60% up to 70-80% from the FT line but also became a very reliable mid range shooter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madmax View Post
    this...Jonas always had a nice shooting touch. Shooting the basketball is not something that you can develop - a player either has it or not. Just look at Shaq's or Dwight Howard's shooting woes
    besides few samples like dwight shooting is something you can improve most in basketball when it comes to ft and catch and shoot 3's because distace is always same and it's automatic
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    Quote Originally Posted by madmax View Post
    this...Jonas always had a nice shooting touch. Shooting the basketball is not something that you can develop - a player either has it or not. Just look at Shaq's or Dwight Howard's shooting woes
    I am not sure what do you mean here? Surely this is that you work on during your whole carrier,no? You can go from here with two options - some players got mechanics right,like Ray Allen,but they still train extra hard .Some maybe develop individual traits,like Einikis or Visockas,and they are successful with that.Majority of people are average shooters,you know,because of law of average.

    And some,like Shaq or Dwight Howard on the other hand, are extreme examples of i don't give a shit anyways attitude- yet both of them arguably were /are the best centers in NBA.
    Was Sabas very good shooter at the age of 17?
    Honestly,i do not remember. But he got decent in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by auris1 View Post
    And some,like Shaq or Dwight Howard on the other hand, are extreme examples of i don't give a shit anyways attitude- yet both of them arguably were /are the best centers in NBA.
    I don't think Howard's problem is he doesn't give a shit, he simply has horrible touch and poor coordination.

    Quote Originally Posted by auris1 View Post
    Was Sabas very good shooter at the age of 17?
    Honestly,i do not remember. But he got decent in the end.
    At 18 he was already pretty decent so i assume 1 year earlier he wasn't all that bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by auris1 View Post
    I am not sure what do you mean here? Surely this is that you work on during your whole carrier,no? You can go from here with two options - some players got mechanics right,like Ray Allen,but they still train extra hard .Some maybe develop individual traits,like Einikis or Visockas,and they are successful with that.Majority of people are average shooters,you know,because of law of average.

    And some,like Shaq or Dwight Howard on the other hand, are extreme examples of i don't give a shit anyways attitude- yet both of them arguably were /are the best centers in NBA.
    Was Sabas very good shooter at the age of 17?
    Honestly,i do not remember. But he got decent in the end.
    Sabonis was always a skilled player, so shooting was the least of his worries I reckon...as for your point of develping one's shooting skills, you're correct of course. But you're making a mistake by comparing guards or perimeter players to big men, who are naturally not as coordinated and fluid in their mechanics as smaller guys. Let's take Lebron as an example - a very skilled and dominant perimeter player without any doubt. But guess what? He still can't crack at least 80% from the charity stripe, no matter how much he tries and whatever technique he uses. And that is precisely because he's not a natural shooter. There is simply a ceiling to how much one can improve realistically

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbenga View Post
    I don't think Howard's problem is he doesn't give a shit, he simply has horrible touch and poor coordination.
    In music terms he is "tone deaf" - so if he was in the band,no matter how long he would practice for,he would never be good at singing.As a drummer (enter text here with drummer joke)?
    So yeah,probably he is better of by lifting weights in a gym instead of shooting practices

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    So at the end of the day Domantas didn't play as dominant as Jonas did in the similar case and that's not surprise (at least not for me). But his numbers are still impressive. Besides, I haven't seen this tournament so maybe someone could give a short review about his game?
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