NBA Mock Draft 2011: Blazers Choose Donatas Motiejunas At No. 21

With the No. 21 pick in the SB Nation 2011 NBA Mock Draft, Blazer's Edge, our Portland Trail Blazers blog, chooses Lithuanian big man Donatas Motiejunas. BE's Ben Golliver explains the choice.

Motiejunas was once regarded as a high lottery talent, and nothing about his game has really changed, except that he's been on the draft scene for so long that reality caught up a bit with the hype.

His overall offensive package -- highlighted by his vision and length -- make him a tough cover in any league, including the NBA eventually. If he does slide this far, the Blazers, who have scouted Motiejunas extensively for years, can't help but pass on their desires to find a point guard or a grinding type backup forward to take a player who has no business being on the board at No. 21.

This pick would be sort of like the Victor Claver selection a few years ago except that people have heard of Motiejunas.

Follow this StoryStream to see our entire SB Nation mock draft play out. See our 2011 NBA Draft hub for full coverage.

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