Laurynas Birutis

Height: 7-0

Weight: 230

Country: Lithuania

Professional Team: Zalgiris

Classification: International ’97

Birthdate: 8/27/1997

 

Projected Draft Range: Likely Undrafted

 
​Pros:

Solid finisher around the basket

Excels at scoring on the move

Adequate playmaker

Decent defensive player

Decent shot blocker

Better than advertised athlete

Good motor

Great size to play inside

Cons:

Needs to improve his face-up game

Needs to improve his low post game

May need to tweak his shooting mechanics

May be quite raw offensively

Needs to improve his rebounding

May struggle to defend out on the perimeter

Not an elite shot blocker

Has not seen much playing time this season

Summary:

Laurynas Birutis is a tall, mobile big man that could potentially be a fast riser up draft boards.  He was quite productive in Lithuania’s top league, the LKL in the 2017-18 season before going to Zalgiris.  However, he has not seen much playing time this year, as his team seems like they are trying their hardest to tank his draft stock.  Right now, he will need to continue to refine his overall game, but his size, athleticism, and upside could make him a potential second round pick in 2019.

Links:

DraftExpress Profile

NBADraft.Net Profile

RealGM Profile

2018 ESPN Draft Profile

BasketNews.LT’s Article on Birutis Withdrawing

Games Scouted:

4/15/17 Vytautas Prienu vs. Pasvalio

4/20/17 Vytautas Prienu vs. Birstono

9/26/17 Siauliai vs. Juventus