Houston Rockets recall Donatas Motiejunas from Rio Grande Valley Vipers

via Rockets press release:

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has recalled forward/center Donatas Motiejunas from Houston’s single-affiliation NBA D-League partner Rio Grande Valley.

Motiejunas (7-0, 222, Lithuania), who was assigned to Rio Grande Valley on Nov. 13, averaged 24.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in two starts with the Vipers. In Friday’s season opener against Bakersfield, Motiejunas led the team with 31 points and eight boards in 36 minutes. Last night, he posted a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds against the Jam.

I think this is more a case of D-Mo having nothing left to gain down in the Valley, after destroying the competition, than it is of him being needed in the rotation.  He doesn’t really have any skills left that need to be honed against the underlings – he just has to get reps against the big boys, at this point.

At the same time, with Terrence Jones somewhat fizzling off, and with the staff perhaps feeling reaffirmed in the importance of a stretch shooting-4 for this offense, maybe a case could be made that ‘Mo will get some burn.  We’ll find out on Tuesday.

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Total comments: 11
  • RocketMan says 1 YEAR ago I just want to see how this guy does against some real NBA talent. He played well in preseason/summer league, but that was always against scrubs. He also has only played a handful of regular season minutes in the last minutes of blowouts. The offensive potential is what I'm most curious about. I can see him blocking some shots too if given the chance. He does have some legs and is used to running a fast-paced game.
  • Chichos says 1 YEAR ago Since they are playing the Raptors it would be cool to see if they can get a small ball line up of Morris and DMo on the court for a few minutes. Seems like offensively you would have a ton of options and defensively I'm not too worried about the Raptors bigs pounding it in the post. On a side note Valanciunas is only listed at 231 pounds, 9 pounds more then DMo. I would love to see who gets the best of this match up.
  • rocketrick says 1 YEAR ago If D-Mo can hold his own on the defensive end of the court without being a sieve for our team and pick up some key rebounds, I would expect to see more playing time for D-Mo in the coming weeks. D-Mo has the offensive skills to compete, it's going to be his contribuitions on the other end of the court that will likely determine how much burn he gets on the court.
  • Rahat Huq says 1 YEAR ago I'll try and talk to him before the game. He's usually in there relaxing. Real cool dude to talk to off camera. He won't know if he's getting in though.
  • tombrokeoff says 1 YEAR ago excited to "see" the next game
  • ale11 says 1 YEAR ago Well, apparently the time has come for him to show what we are expecting from him. I know, we won't put up insane numbers like he did in D-League, but something close to 10 points are always welcome, and spreading the court would make some room for guards to finish at the rim, or even giving Morris some space as well. Like you have said, pairing him with Smith makes more sense than with T-Jones. But I also think that has more to do with having a short rotation right now due to injuries rather than his performance per se....he really need to get those minutes in order to regain confidence in his game.
  • Rahat Huq says 1 YEAR ago

    Stephen, on 26 November 2012 - 00:22 AM said:


    I think Johnny Rocket has it.
    If Delfino is going to be out for a while,Morris has to back-up Parsons(who will prob still get major minutes backing up Harden) and the Jones/Smith pairing isn't exactly an offensive juggernaut.
    Combine that w/Jones looking utterly lost on offense,having lost all confidence in his shot.
    Motie will prob be given a chance to back-up Pat and team w/Smith.

    Smith with D-Mo actually makes a ton of sense, much more than Smith with Jones as those latter two are slightly redundant in terms of being high flying types that do damage around the hoop.
  • Zero Zero says 1 YEAR ago Yes! Can't wait to see Donatas in some major action.
  • Rahat Huq says 1 YEAR ago Yeah, now that I think of it, I think it has to do with replacing Terrence Jones who has looked pretty bad here of late.
  • Stephen says 1 YEAR ago I think Johnny Rocket has it.
    If Delfino is going to be out for a while,Morris has to back-up Parsons(who will prob still get major minutes backing up Harden) and the Jones/Smith pairing isn't exactly an offensive juggernaut.
    Combine that w/Jones looking utterly lost on offense,having lost all confidence in his shot.
    Motie will prob be given a chance to back-up Pat and team w/Smith.
  • Johnny Rocket says 1 YEAR ago Perhaps the Rocket figures that D-MO is good matchup against Bargnani.

    Another possibility is that the Rockets imagine that D-MO can handle that backup PF role as a stretch 4, allowing Morris to slide to the backup SF role. Parson's has been averaging 38 minutes per game, which isn't sustainable even for a young player. A backup front line of D-MO, G. Smith, and M. Morris is very versatile.