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    Quote Originally Posted by vaslover View Post
    both of them 100% NBA material , but one of them playing in the NBA,thus realizes a dream,while Kuzia most probably will go in Darussafaka..... Amazing happens........
    Kuzminskas physically is NBA material, but psychologically he is too soft IMO. He needs perfect enviroment, playin' time, trust from coach to be succesful. In NBA no one will wait a year for him to adjust, like f.e. Plaza had patience with him in Unicaja and that's because he worked with Kuzia in Zalgiris and knew he has potential to be good. Meanwhile Shved has different mentality as much as I noticed, he is bold (in a good way), confident, can go over other heads, play like a ball-hog and don't give a f*ck, in NBA that's a must thing for newbies, to fight for playin' time, for survival in any possible way. Kuzia isn't this kind of person, too shy, not that confident. That might be an obstacle for him to do good even if he will stay in Europe, in club where he won't have such support from coach/management.
    I kinda hope that this season in Unicaja helped him to overcome some of these issues and make a step forward, but it'll be more clear in NT


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    Still NBA seems to be only a dream next season for him, not even counting what Mindozas said. As I see things he could be taken by some clubs just to see if he can fit anywhere into rotation, if not, to keep him for a depth chart. IMO, no NBA team would pay Kuzminskas' buy-out. He would have to be some Valančiūnas, Mirotič, Sarič type of payer to expect that. So he'll hit some summer camps, will get back to Malaga and might have some contract after another year. I would be glad to be wrong because it's pretty boring to follow him in Unicaja. He never get extended minutes to make some real noise. I'm really looking forward to see if Kuzminskas can make that next strong step this summer with the NT - to become one of the main contributors and not some shadow of struggling Mačiulis. If that won't happen, I have no more illusions with him.
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    Very good start for Kuzminskas with Unicaja.
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    Looks confident so far. He got sort of a brake-out tournament with the NT, he needed that badly. I expect a big season and hopefully more minutes. Next summer NT will need him even more aggressive as Maciulis' back-up and sneaking some minutes at 4. Very happy to see that he's putting things together and starting to contribute at the highest level. I surely want to see a lot of these:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOsv4ULob7U
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1a9ZSausMY
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOUdAHQ77U8

    Here's highlights against Real:
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    M.Kuzminskas to NBA soon ? Here is a good article about this topic http://www.15min.lt/24sek/naujiena/e...nba-874-533068
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    What a good start for Kuzminskas. 18 Points 5 Rebounds 3 Assists and 2 Blocks. Watched the game and Kuzminskas clearly a leader of this team. Not a good start for Unicaja though.
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    Saw the game aswell. He was amazing, doing everything on the floor. Looked confident and had "eye of the tiger". I liked his drive and kick game, he created good chances for others. When he sat on the bench Unicaja looked lost without him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Svajunas View Post
    Saw the game aswell. He was amazing, doing everything on the floor. Looked confident and had "eye of the tiger". I liked his drive and kick game, he created good chances for others. When he sat on the bench Unicaja looked lost without him.
    Not the reason to give him more than 20 minutes though Mysterious Unicaja. Still a win though, so it worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight forward View Post
    Not the reason to give him more than 20 minutes though Mysterious Unicaja. Still a win though, so it worked.
    There's nothing mysterious, it's Plaza's style for years - have equal roster, share the time and very rarely anyone could get 30mins with him


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mindozas View Post
    There's nothing mysterious, it's Plaza's style for years - have equal roster, share the time and very rarely anyone could get 30mins with him
    Shouldn't he be a little bit more flexible? I mean If a player is super efficient and productive give him more minutes. As an abstract plan to have an equal unit, not to overuse anyone is a good plan, but it might hurt players motivation, some players might be underused. For Kuzminskas type of player it can be even beneficial system (he needs to learn to play as aggressively as he can and limited minutes will only push him to do that), but Plaza could give him extended minutes here and there in a good day to boost his confidence even more. Some +30 points games would mean a lot for Kuzminskas who has (had hopefully) confidence issues and he could surely get this playing +30 minutes last night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Straight forward View Post
    Shouldn't he be a little bit more flexible? I mean If a player is super efficient and productive give him more minutes. As an abstract plan to have an equal unit, not to overuse anyone is a good plan, but it might hurt players motivation, some players might be underused. For Kuzminskas type of player it can be even beneficial system (he needs to learn to play as aggressively as he can and limited minutes will only push him to do that), but Plaza could give him extended minutes here and there in a good day to boost his confidence even more. Some +30 points games would mean a lot for Kuzminskas who has (had hopefully) confidence issues and he could surely get this playing +30 minutes last night.
    Tell this to Plaza. You wrote smth mysterious goin' on there, I just replied that it's Plaza, his style, which he used in Zalgiris and does the same in Unicaja. No mystery, just tactics. Good or bad, only time will tell


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    Yes.Kuzminskas should have played more minutes. It was clear when he was seated Unicaja struggled. And it was funny when Brose two times narrowed the point difference to 7 and Kuzminskas Comes and fixes everything. And winning by a bigger point margin is important.
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    Kuzminksas' highlights against Brose Baskets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apXLdtdxHfI

    He's off to a very good start of the season. Love how he adds versatility to his game scoring multiple ways and showing a nice touch, craftiness while passing the ball. He turned to 26 tonight, probably still 2 or 3 years away from peaking, interesting how far he can go. This summer was a brake out time for him - he showed he's improving and growing as a player at the big stage.
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    One more game like this, and Mindaugas should be awarded with Player of the month title in Euroleague.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sashikas View Post
    One more game like this, and Mindaugas should be awarded with Player of the month title in Euroleague.
    he was great. watched game with Jewish commentary, but understood this: Kuzminskas fenomali, fenomali =D.
    he was doing everything again, but seems that no matter how good he plays he will always get 22-23mins per game and not more.

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    wow !!! Unicaja win against CSKA and Kuzminskas played like a monster again 22 points 3 steals 3 assists . If Unicaja play like this they can go past top 16.
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    32 minutes played! Seriously!? I thought it's literally impossible

    16,6 points (76,7%, 42,9%, 83,3% ), 4,2 rebounds in 23 minutes. Absolute beast mode so far by Kuzminskas. He's index rating per 40 minutes is second best in Euroleague (after Bourousis). And looks like Kuzminskas more or less can keep it up. He's very aggressive, very intense and seem to have a lot of confidence these days.
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    Rumours: Kuzminskas agreed with CSKA for next season. Would be interesting, anything but Unicaja would be interesting
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    I hope he will only sign if he wont get chance in nba.

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