Montiejunas withdraws from NBA draft

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ESPN’s Chad Ford is reporting that international prospect Donatas Motiejunas has decided to withdraw from the 2010 NBA Draft. Montiejunas is a seven-foot forward/center with an amazing package of skills for his size, but there are concerns about whether the 19-year old has developed enough physically to bang with NBA bigs at this point. 

Montiejunas was the sixth man for Italy’s Benetton Treviso this season, and averaged 9.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game in 20 minutes a game. Draft Express ranks Montiejunas the second-best prospect in his international class, trailing only Jan Vesely. Vesely himself withdrew from the 2010 draft about a month ago. 
Draft Express currently has Montiejunas going 6th overall in their 2011 mock draft, while Vesely is projected to be the 3rd overall pick. If those projections turn out to be true, it’s hard to find fault with Vesley and Montiejunas’ decisions to stay overseas for another year. 

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.