Domantas Sabonis, son of Lithuanian NBA legend Arvydas, has indicated a clear preference for the NBA teams that he wants to play for ahead of the upcoming NBA draft on June 23.
Domantas Sabonis
© DELFI

Sabonis Jr has indicated a clear preference for his future employers, saying he would work out with just four teams - the Toronto Raptors, the Boston Celtics, Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns – ahead of the draft.

Heading to the Raptors would of course see him team up with Jonas Valunciunas, the Lithuanian NBA star who was a big part of the Raptors drive to the Eastern Conference finals.

Whatever Sabonis’ preferences, US media are reporting that Sabonis could end up anywhere in the draft, with mock drafts placing him anywhere from number 8 to number 20.

“Few players in the draft have the relentless energy and the drive that Sabonis has, and that is why he is potentially going as high as No. 9,” writes Peter Woodburn at SB Nation.

“Sabonis has been commonly linked to the Toronto Raptors, who have a huge gap at power forward. As easily as it is to see Sabonis going somewhere there, he has just enough detriments to see him slide down in the first round. Some GM will take a liking to Sabonis on Draft Day, and he will have a big opportunity to be an impact player in the NBA in his rookie year,” writes Woodburn.

The Celtics also loom large in Sabonis potential destinations and are one of his father’s favourite teams.

“Oh, he’s a big (Celtics) fan,” Domantas said of his dad to the Boston Herald. “His favourite player was Larry Bird. His favourite color is green, so he loves it even more. Just everything about the team — the tradition, the winning, everything.”

And Sabonis Jr isn’t taking anything for granted ahead of June 23: “I think I have to improve everything overall,” Sabonis Jr told the Boston Herald. “I need to be better in everything. But if I could bring something now, it would be energy, rebounding, helping my teammates. I think I can find my open teammates, facilitate, rebound, bring energy, play in the post.”

But US media still see him as one of the rookie’s most likely to prosper in the NBA, with Ryan Doyle at the Orlanda Magic Daily saying “he is one of the most NBA-ready prospects entering the 2016 draft and he looks to add to his already impressive basketball resume”.

Leave a comment
Commenting is allowed for registered users only!
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Greg Monroe on the brawl with Jonas Valančiūnas: I would much rather play with a tough guy like Jonas than some timid player

The Toronto Raptors are getting ready for the upcoming basketball season this year by putting together...

Seibutis has been dragged into the NBA trade merry-go-round for a second time; the rights to the Lithuanian now belong to the Cleveland “Cavaliers”

The name of 33-year old Lithuanian guard, Renaldas Seibutis has been brought in for a second time in...

BC Rytas reveals new logo, featuring Vilnius symbols

The Vilnius-based BC Rytas , which changed its name earlier this summer, on Monday revealed a new...

An in-depth analysis of Lithuania’s national basketball team after the third window games! (2)

About 6 minutes into Lithuania’s first game versus Poland on June 28th, I was thinking to myself...

Šaras says he’s staying because he is at home here in LT

Šarūnas Jasikevičius is staying in Kaunas for at least another year. This is perhaps the most...