By Vedran Modric (September 2014).
Sabonis has already a developed body which is great for his age. He is around 2.10 m and very very mobile. Although his athleticism is weak he makes for that in other areas. Such as body control which is superb with Domantas and also good footwork. Sabonis is not a great leaper and he dont really play above the rim.He is very mobile, especially in transition but his first step is average at best. He possesses core strength but his body is not chiseled. Although there was no official measurement his wingspan looks above average.
Domantas is left handed but he can shoot the ball with his right hand as well (Shot a couple of free throws last season with his right hand). But with his left hand he is doing most damage to opponents. His shot has slow release and very little elevation. When he is open and unguarded his shot (especially mid range area) is fantastic and he converts with high percentage. Last season for Unicaja Malaga in Acb league he shot only three 3-pointers in 35 games and that raises some questions about his range.
Sabonis mostly operates around mid-range area but he is very active as a player. He shows constant movement on the court. He is a good screener and high energy player. As a cutter he is good mainly because of his basketball IQ and mobility. In pick and pop he shows flashes of greatness when he shoots long 2 point shots which are the best element in his game. In pick and roll as the roll man he is below average at the moment. Ballhandling is an issue with Domantas because he rarely puts the ball on the floor in halfcourt game. This is something he needs to improve in order to became high level player. Also he is not aggressive player and doesnt attack the rim (only 26 free throws in 35 games last season in Acb league).
On defense Domantas shows ability to defend both forward spots. Very good in pick and roll defense and also very good defender on a wing spot. Last season he had problems with the fauls but thats normal for a young player in his first season in Acb League. As a rebounder he has a lot of room to improve. On defense he rarely boxes out his player and doesnt really go for a rebound but instead he runs the court hoping he would get the ball in transition.
As a son of great Arvydas Sabonis it is not easy to step out of his shadow. Domantas was projected as a top talent from his early days but its quite obvious he wont have the career his father had. Talent is there and his basketball IQ is very good but he doesnt have the hunger for success. His body language on the floor is good but he definitely doesnt belong to group of players that hate losing more then they do enjoy winning.
Domantas already has more experience than probably any freshman in NCAA as far as high level games because he played last season in ACB League and Euroleague. The adjustment to NCAA should be easy for him and i expect him to have immediate impact on Gonzaga roster. But in order to become a high level player he must improve a lot of things and in the next few years will be interesting to watch his progress.