Martynas Andriuskevicius Draft Capsule
VITALS: 7-2, 240, Zalgiris (Lithuania)
OVERVIEW: An early entry candidate in the 2004 draft before withdrawing his name from consideration, Andriuskevicius has spent the last two years learning from legendary Lithuanian center Arvydas Sabonis, who plays for the senior team. After playing with the junior squad in 2003-04, the 19-year-old averaged 4.4 points and shot 50 percent from the floor in 10 minutes with the senior team this year.
LIKELY DRAFT POSITION: Andriuskevicius surprisingly stayed in the draft despite not having a promise from any NBA team that it would take him early. Teams better structured to select him would be those who don’t need him to develop quickly, and that means Indiana (17), Memphis (19) and Sacramento (23) are possible destinations.
COMPARATIVE UPSIDE: Zydrunas Ilgauskas
COMPARATIVE DOWNSIDE: Gregor Fucka
ROLE PROJECTION: Backup forward until he gains weight.
POSITIVES: Andriuskevicius can shoot the basketball and run the floor well. He is too thin now to play minutes at center or even power forward but might get onto an NBA court in the next two years because he can shoot the perimeter shot comfortably to about 20 feet. He came up through the same system that produced another 7-3 Lithuanian, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Ilgauskas also was very skinny at this stage of his career. Today, Ilgauskas is one of the better (and few) true centers in the NBA.
SHORTCOMINGS: Andriuskevicius is very thin and very weak. He just turned 19 and has plenty of physical development ahead of him. He is not ready to play in the NBA now and could be another Darko Milicic - a very talented player who is going require patience and a long-range view in order to succeed.