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Deividas Sirvydis Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Deividas Sirvydis

Lithuania 6’8″ 190 Lietuvos Rytas Small Forward DOB: 6/10/00
6.7 ppg 2.3 rpg .9 apg FG: 42.8% 3 PT: 37.2%

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NBA Comparison: Rodions Kurucs

Strengths: Agility, Outside Shooting, Dribble Penetration, Shot Creation

Weaknesses: Vertical, Limited Production, Competition Level, Strength

Sirvydis came onto the scene after an impressive performance in the Euroleague Next Generation Tournament last year where he was named the finals MVP. Scouts were intrigued with his size at 6’8″ and his skills on the wing showing off an impressive shooting stroke. He shot the ball very well for a teenager playing against grown men, shooting it at 46.3% from deep in their games in the Eurocup. For the season as a whole his numbers were down from that at 37.2%, but he has shown that he is capable of being a knock down shooter from the outside. His mechanics are solid not revealing any major flaws and with a quick release he is able to get his shot off against taller players. He has the quickness and speed to get by defenders when attacking the basket, with a crafty ability to score around the basket once creating some space. In the open court he has an impressive euro-step, and he is able to slip out for an open shot or lead the break with his ball handling skills. Although there are legitimate questions about how well he can do it at the NBA level, Sirvydis created plenty of shots on his own pulling up off of the dribble, also showing that he can come off of a screen to hit an open jump shot. His versatile offensive game and size caused teams to take notice of his game at first, and as long as he can continue to be a consistent shooter from the outside, his game as a whole translates well to the American game. 

While he has the size to finish at the rim, his vertical leaping abilities will be average at best by NBA standards which is a concern when you consider the level of athlete on the wing at the professional level. Most young European prospects do not put up big numbers due to limited minutes and when his team was facing tough competition that was mainly the case with Sirvydis. Those numbers should be taken into context with his age, and the fact that he averaged 6.7 points in 16 minutes at 18 years old should not be seen as a negative. With that said, he did play against some lesser and younger competition where he dominated averaging 27 points to go with 4 rebounds in 30.5 minutes per night over 3 games in the NKL (Second Tier Lithuanian League). His numbers show potential and it is a good sign that in the small sample size when playing against less talented players he showed why he is in draft consideration. The competition he faced as a whole was nowhere near the level he would see as an NBA player, and that will lead to questions about his ability to fit in on that level. This is the main reason projecting a European prospects professional future is so tough, but by and large the film is promising on the young Lithuanian. His perimeter defense will need work if he wants to stick in the league, and Sirvydis will need to add strength to deal with the size of NBA wings. He has the foot speed and end to end speed that should allow him to keep up, but as of now he would run the risk of getting overpowered by stronger players. With that said there is some solid tape on him defending on the perimeter and blocking shots at times, it will just come down to how well he can do those things when the talent around him increases drastically. 

Here is an example of his ability to attack the basket:

Sirvydis is projected to go in the late second round or undrafted, and it will all depend on how patient a team is willing to be as he continues to try and improve as a player. There is also the chance that he will pull his name out and enter next years draft, but regardless of that decision he is most likely going to play another season or two overseas even if he is drafted this year. His ceiling as a professional is a solid back up wing, receiving significant minutes while being able to score efficient and providing solid perimeter defense. The worst case scenario for Sirvydis is that he is unable to be effective enough on the defensive end to find a role on a roster, leading him to head back overseas after getting his chance to stick in the league. 

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