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With the No. 11 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic have selected Gonzaga big man Domantas Sabonis, but he’s going to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a blockbuster trade that also includes Victor Oladipo and Serge Ibaka: 

After two years of tenacious rebounding for the Bulldogs, Lithuania native and son of former NBAer Arvydas Sabonis is taking his two-way aggressiveness to the next level. 

Anyone who watched him in college could tell he has two invaluable traits: a tireless motor and a superb feel for the game. When you mix those intangibles with his expanded offensive skill set, it’s easy to see him as a dependable role player in the NBA.

Sabonis isn’t a top-shelf athlete, so he won’t gobble up 14.8 rebounds per 40 minutes in the NBA like he did at Gonzaga. But no one will outwork him as a board-getter and defender. And while he’s no one-on-one maestro, he’ll finish strong in traffic and knock down open mid-range jumpers.

It’s increasingly uncommon to find successful NBA players who don’t have tremendous vertical agility, but Sabonis is one of those rare prospects who makes it work. His footwork, timing and physicality will serve him well.

Sabonis’ best NBA comparison is in the neighborhood of Luis Scola, except Sabonis is a bit more athletic.

NBA comparison: Luis Scola

2015-16 stats: 31.9 MPG, 17.6 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 61 FG%, 77 FT%

Magic take Domantas Sabonis No. 11, trade him to Thunder in blockbuster

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