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ZagNative
09-19-2018, 10:34 AM
This is a fun radio interview with Domas: https://omny.fm/shows/grady-and-big-joe/domantas-sabonis-recaps-a-summer-spent-extending-h

And here's a video interview from NBA.com about how he spent his summer and his expectations for the season: https://www.nba.com/pacers/video/sabonis-offseason-training-myles

ZagNative
09-19-2018, 10:49 AM
Here's a nice in-depth piece about Domantas from Kevin O'Connor in The Ringer: https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/9/19/17878158/nba-breakout-candidates-2018-19


Eight Breakout Candidates for the 2018-19 NBA Season

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Domantas Sabonis, Pacers

If Turner doesn’t break out for the Pacers, then his teammate Domantas Sabonis will need to for the franchise to make a collective jump this season. Sabonis will anchor a reloaded Indiana bench unit that features newly signed playmaker Tyreke Evans and shooter Doug McDermott. That might not be as glamorous as a starting job, but maybe Sabonis could push for a finishing role. Though he was a reserve, he occasionally ended playoff games over Turner, depending on matchups.

Sabonis’s sophomore campaign was a far cry from his flopped rookie season with the Thunder. In Oklahoma City, he was used as a de facto spot-up shooter and played the type of shoddy defense you’d expect from an inexperienced rookie big man. After being part of the much-ridiculed package sent to Indiana for Paul George, Sabonis made considerable strides entering his sophomore season, getting much stronger and quicker. Suddenly, he was the Pacers’ best rebounder, and a player coaches could trust to do his job on defense. If he can avoid careless fouls moving forward, he’ll be able to stay on the floor for longer stretches.

Pacers head coach Nate McMillan also empowered Sabonis as a screener and cutter, which unlocked some of the finishing and playmaking ability scouts saw from him at Gonzaga. The next stage for Sabonis is to improve his off hand to become even more dynamic around the rim and in the post; as it is, he almost exclusively uses his left hand. In spite of his deficiencies, though, he dropped at least 20 points three times after the All-Star break last season. Minimal enhancements to his game can make those impact scoring nights more frequent.

Sabonis struggled as a spot-up shooter in Oklahoma City, but Indiana shouldn’t forget about his shooting. Sabonis shot 35.1 percent from 3 last season, but on only 37 attempts, a low number made more egregious by the 107 midrange shots he took from deeper than 16 feet, which he made only 34.6 percent of. The sooner Sabonis’s game catches up to math, the better: His 3-point attempts led to 1.05 points per shot, while his attempts from midrange garnered a not-so-nice 0.69 points per shot. When Sabonis sets a screen it makes zero sense for him to pop to 18 feet when he’s equally capable from 3. If it sounds like Sabonis is a more complete big man than Turner, it’s because he very well might be. The Pacers should start using him like it.

webspinnre
09-21-2018, 07:44 AM
More on Sabonis from Lowe:



Turner and Sabonis spent the summer getting leaner and faster. "We want to make it work," Sabonis says. "We want the coaches to trust us." Turner lost weight, went all-in on yoga, and worked to make his hips stronger. "I want us to be interchangeable on defense," Turner says. Sabonis also focused on hips. Honestly, I have never heard two men talk more about their hips.

Sabonis will have to close out on shooters without letting them blow by him. He hopes he is limber enough now to cover in one efficient step the same distance he covered in two last season, he says. Both practiced switching onto guards as a way to hone dexterity. In Dallas, Turner drilled one-on-one against Dennis Smith Jr. and Luka Doncic. (Turner's review of Doncic: "He's pretty crafty.")

...

Sabonis wants to launch more 3s so that Turner can lurk around the rim, too. If both become above-average 3-point shooters, this gets really spicy. Sabonis is already a skilled passer. "I always tell Myles, 'I will get you some dunks,''' Sabonis says.

If Sabonis struggles and Turner remains a little too choosy to worry defenses (he tried just 2.4 3s per game last year and told me he is focused more on shooting 40 percent than upping his attempts), they might not bring enough combined zip.

Both are good enough post players to punish little guys on switches. They like the idea of smushing a small-ball league. "Having two big presences like us -- it strikes fear into opponents," Turner says.

Easy, big fella. Still: This feels like something that can work in the regular season as Turner and Sabonis absorb the NBA game and develop chemistry. The Pacers will surround them with more dangerous shooters and playmakers this season.

But the real test will come in April and May.

Read the rest there, including some clips:

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/24736975/zach-lowe-andrew-wiggins-boston-celtics-lineups-most-intriguing-players

bartruff1
09-21-2018, 11:29 AM
The Thunder need to get rid of Westbrook if they ever want to have a team...

Martin Centre Mad Man
09-23-2018, 04:50 AM
The Thunder need to get rid of Westbrook if they ever want to have a team...

Yup. How good would they be if they’d shipped Westbrook out, instead of James Harden? I suspect that Kevin Durant would still be there.

Westbrook should play for the Knicks.

ZagNative
09-25-2018, 08:27 AM
Domantas on Pacers Media Day: https://www.nba.com/pacers/video/media-day-2018-domantas-sabonis

Zagdawg
09-28-2018, 07:44 AM
Turner-Sabonis Experiment to Enter New Trial Phase

https://www.nba.com/pacers/news/turner-sabonis-experiment-enter-new-trail-phase

ZagNative
09-28-2018, 02:17 PM
Turner-Sabonis Experiment to Enter New Trial Phase

https://www.nba.com/pacers/news/turner-sabonis-experiment-enter-new-trail-phaseThat is a really good article. Thanks for posting. Looking forward to a great season for our guy Domas.

Jstock12
10-05-2018, 06:21 AM
https://www.instagram.com/p/BoiGK_Rje9Z/?taken-by=pacers

:)

webspinnre
10-05-2018, 07:46 AM
https://www.instagram.com/p/BoiGK_Rje9Z/?taken-by=pacers

:)

Nice pass as well.

ZagNative
10-08-2018, 10:51 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aiNTtnbGfow

willandi
10-08-2018, 07:00 PM
Tonight the Cavs held him to 16 points and 12 boards in 23 minutes.

He is a BEAST!

hooter73
10-15-2018, 09:57 AM
Never really the prettiest but always effective!

Bogozags
10-17-2018, 05:29 PM
Tonight the Cavs held him to 16 points and 12 boards in 23 minutes.

He is a BEAST!

In that video, he was pretty unstoppable...

Wouldn't this be his 5th year - Red Shirt Senior?

willandi
10-18-2018, 09:22 PM
Opening game against the Grizzlies, Domas went for 14/15 in 29 minutes with 2 assists, 3 TO and 3 fouls.

raise the zag
10-19-2018, 08:38 AM
How Myles "inconsistent" Turner starts over & earns more than Domas is beyond me.

The Pacers went on huge win streak when Turner was hurt last season and Sabonis started.

He has been out performing in since last season in less minutes.

Turner is apt to blocking more shots, yet Sabonis is a better passer, consistent rebounder, & more efficient than his counter part.

ZagNative
10-19-2018, 09:33 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8V4qkXy0EA

Jstock12
10-19-2018, 05:29 PM
https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/1053457018231476224

:000tens:

webspinnre
10-20-2018, 08:31 PM
https://twitter.com/BleacherReport/status/1053457018231476224

:000tens:

Look at the force he throws down with. Love it.

ZagNative
10-24-2018, 08:36 PM
Another double-double for Domas tonight!

Box Score (http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=401070739)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJUf4ctsxiw

GonzagasaurusFlex
10-25-2018, 12:38 PM
Another double-double for Domas tonight!

Box Score (http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=401070739)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJUf4ctsxiw

Is it just me or is Domas way more explosive and athletic this season? His power dunks are not only emphatic, he just seems to be exploding off the ground more and jumping higher when he throws them down. Love it!

North Idaho Zag
10-25-2018, 12:43 PM
Is it just me or is Domas way more explosive and athletic this season? His power dunks are not only emphatic, he just seems to be exploding off the ground more and jumping higher when he throws them down. Love it!..

Jstock12
10-25-2018, 03:00 PM
Is it just me or is Domas way more explosive and athletic this season? His power dunks are not only emphatic, he just seems to be exploding off the ground more and jumping higher when he throws them down. Love it!

He's gotten leaner and in a better shape this offseason. That might have helped with his elevation and explosiveness.

https://g2.dcdn.lt/images/pix/880x550/oDsD5edyF8I/mylesas-turneris-ir-domantas-sabonis-79020023.jpg

GonzagasaurusFlex
10-26-2018, 12:56 PM
He's gotten leaner and in a better shape this offseason. That might have helped with his elevation and explosiveness.

https://g2.dcdn.lt/images/pix/880x550/oDsD5edyF8I/mylesas-turneris-ir-domantas-sabonis-79020023.jpg

Wow. He and Myles Turner both worked their tails off this summer!!

Jstock12
10-28-2018, 04:03 PM
Among all the NBA players aged 22 or younger (who average at least 20mpg), here are the top-20 in PER:

https://i.imgur.com/onFmxrU.png

Go Zags :D

23dpg
10-31-2018, 06:52 PM
Domas with 30 and 10 in Madison Square Garden tonight.

Jstock12
10-31-2018, 07:00 PM
Domas with 30 and 10 in Madison Square Garden tonight.

Also set the new Indiana Pacers franchise record with 12/12 from the field. Previous was 10/10 by some guy in the 80s.

GrizZAG
11-02-2018, 04:16 PM
Will he be the most successful ZAG to play NBA as a big man? KO, Sacre, Collins, Ammo? He seems to be getting comfortable with his role as a scoring leader with the Pacers.

23dpg
11-05-2018, 04:55 PM
Sabo is having another very good game tonight vs Houston. It’ll be interesting to see how the Pacers will juggle the minutes between Domas and Turner going forward. Does Sabonis have a shot at sixth man of the year?

sittingon50
11-05-2018, 08:14 PM
http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=401070822

webspinnre
11-05-2018, 10:19 PM
Here's a fun article about Sabonis, including videos:



Domantas Sabonis is making the most of every inch of his sculpted frame. While on the floor, the Lithuanian center has rebounded over 12 percent of Indiana’s misses — one of the best marks in the league among players averaging at least 20 minutes per game — and he’s gone 7-of-10 on putbacks.

But his work on the offensive glass is only partially responsible for the field day he’s had thus far around the basket. Feasting on hard screens, dives to the rim, drop-off passes, and post-ups, Indiana’s other 22-year-old center is one of only five players who have shot above 75 percent in the restricted area on at least 45 attempts.

That’s a tall man doing tall man things at an incredibly efficient rate without playing much above the rim or spreading the floor (see: scoring 30 points in 21 minutes against the New York Knicks without a single shot taken outside the paint, nor a miss).

Yet, even while firing on all cylinders, some of his most eye-popping moments over the first 10 games of the season have come on plays when he’s played big without being confined by his size, toggling with ease between judiciously handling the ball and exerting brute strength.

Much more here:

https://www.indycornrows.com/2018/11/5/18051942/domantas-sabonis-is-playing-big-without-being-confined-by-his-size

23dpg
11-07-2018, 05:53 PM
Sabonis just posterized Joel Embiid on Espn. Please someone post this video clip.

I’ll try
https://mobile.twitter.com/Pacers/status/1060364955223031808

Best I can do is a link.

Jstock12
11-07-2018, 06:20 PM
Sabonis just posterized Joel Embiid on Espn. Please someone post this video clip.

I’ll try
https://mobile.twitter.com/Pacers/status/1060364955223031808

Best I can do is a link.

I know he used his off arm to seal Embiid, but I still loved it. You can't really posterize Embiid without a little something something :D

bartruff1
11-07-2018, 07:10 PM
filthy

ZagNative
11-07-2018, 07:20 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk_eZQcklBM

23dpg
11-19-2018, 05:13 PM
Domas with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists in just 26 minutes off the bench.
Had the game been closer he’d have probably completed the triple double.

northsidezagfan
11-19-2018, 05:16 PM
He's a beast

Jstock12
11-20-2018, 01:13 AM
He's a beast

He's also the current leader in votes for the Lithuanian Basketball Player of the Year award :) Looking at the gap between him and Jonas Valanciunas, Domas is almost sure to win it.

ZagNative
11-20-2018, 01:42 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vtNN75s728w

northsidezagfan
11-20-2018, 01:46 PM
He's also the current leader in votes for the Lithuanian Basketball Player of the Year award :) Looking at the gap between him and Jonas Valanciunas, Domas is almost sure to win it.

Nice!

Radbooks
11-23-2018, 10:39 AM
Nice article in SI today about Domas:

https://www.si.com/nba/2018/11/20/domantas-sabonis-talks-early-career-trade-indiana-pacers-partnership-myles-turner?xid=socialflow_twitter_si&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=sinow

ZagNative
11-23-2018, 11:23 AM
Super! Thanks for posting!

sittingon50
11-23-2018, 09:08 PM
Thanks Rad.

northsidezagfan
11-24-2018, 01:35 AM
Got the start tonight and went for 19 and 16

ZagNative
11-27-2018, 09:14 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLjZhfZnuks

23dpg
11-28-2018, 07:32 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLjZhfZnuks

All that in 22 minutes of playing time. I am still baffled why he isn't starting, or at least getting 30+ minutes a game. He is one of the most efficient players in the NBA.

Zags_Fanatic
12-01-2018, 01:22 PM
Just inject these Sabonis advanced stats straight in my veins. He has been incredible this season.

https://detzelsports.home.blog/2018/12/01/domantas-sabonis-historic-efficiency/

sittingon50
12-01-2018, 01:37 PM
Thanks Fanatic.

ZagNative
12-15-2018, 02:30 PM
Domas doing great.

Pacers' Domantas Sabonis: Posts double-double in 31 minutes

by RotoWire Staff (https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/basketball/news/pacers-domantas-sabonis-posts-double-double-in-31-minutes/)

Sabonis registered 14 points (7-14 FG), 16 rebounds, and two assists in 31 minutes Friday as the Pacers topped the 76ers.

Sabonis is a throwback big who cleans up around the rim and take's advantage of every opportunity that comes his way. He isn't the most explosive athlete but his finesse and technicality have made him one of the most efficient scoring bigs in the NBA. Entering tonight, Sabonis was averaging a staggering 20.6 points, 14.1 rebounds, and 4.5 assists on a per-36 minute basis. He is only averaging 8.7 shots per game, but he is connecting on 63-percent of his attempts from the field. The third-year big is the top bench option on a deep Pacers squad, and it's reasonable to expect that there is more production to come should an opportunity for more minutes ever present itself.

Zagdawg
12-19-2018, 08:26 AM
Domantas Sabonis Can’t Miss

https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/12/19/18147846/domantas-sabonis-indiana-pacers

webspinnre
12-19-2018, 11:28 AM
Domantas Sabonis Can’t Miss

https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/12/19/18147846/domantas-sabonis-indiana-pacers

Great story.

northsidezagfan
12-19-2018, 05:04 PM
That's an awesome read. Thanks.

sittingon50
12-19-2018, 09:26 PM
Thanks Zd.

Birddog
12-20-2018, 04:12 AM
Good read, thanks.

23dpg
01-01-2019, 04:31 PM
NBA’s best kept secret

https://fansided.com/2018/12/30/domantas-sabonis-pacers-secret/

sittingon50
01-01-2019, 08:01 PM
Great read, 23.

23dpg
01-04-2019, 05:13 PM
Sabonis just scored 17 points in one quarter (2nd) vs the Bulls.
He keeps improving, he keeps impressing.

ZagNative
02-04-2019, 08:01 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbCL6P99ka4

webspinnre
02-07-2019, 07:26 AM
We've been talking about him all year, and he's currently 22nd in the entire NBA in Player Efficiency. I saw him mentioned in several columns when discussing possible all-stars as a viable candidate.

RenoZag
03-07-2019, 08:19 PM
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2019/mar/06/former-gonzaga-standout-damontas-sabonis-keeps-clo/


McMillian sees several similarities between father and son.

“Both high-IQ players. Really good passers for big men, their ability to post, play out of the post, pass out of the post, score in the post,” McMillan said.

“The similarity is just their basketball IQ, their feel for the game. They do a good job of making their teammates better.”

When told what his coach said about his similarities with his father, Sabonis took such praise as an honor.

“Yeah, it’s awesome. My dad was one of the best,” Sabonis said. “His IQ, his passing, his feel for the game was amazing, so to get that kind of a compliment is pretty nice. I’m so proud of my dad. Everything he did was unbelievable. Just to be in the NBA now and follow in his footsteps is awesome. I work hard every day just to become a better player and a better person.”

ZagNative
03-14-2019, 06:48 PM
Domas with an incredible game today: Box Score (http://www.espn.com/nba/boxscore?gameId=401071693)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3BebPfhh5k&t=40s