June 29, 2017
Robertas Javtokas - 56th pick, 2001
There was a time, but now aged 37, Javtokas is a mere bit part player.
April 2, 2011
Robertas Javtokas (56th pick, 2001)
- With his great frame for the centre position, and more than enough talent, Javtokas could certainly have joined the NBA. He's not a go-to offensive player, but he's not incapable, sticking some hook shots and finishing fairly well around the basket, big enough to merit touches. He shines defensively, a once elite and still decent athlete with size, strength, aggression, rebounding and shotblocking, everything you look for in an NBA centre. However, by this point in his career, it's not going to happen.
Chances of making the NBA expressed as an arbitrary percentage: 1%
March 24, 2011
Logically, it will be Jeremy Richardson who steps into the void vacated by Claver. Richardson has struggled with injuries of his own thus far this season, and was out of favour early, an oft-rumoured candidate for being released. However, he has played much better since returning from injury than he did before suffering it, has won the team back over, and is now being leaned upon to provide the shooting on the wings that no one else really offers. Pietrus is also on hand for an expanded role, providing the athleticism and defense lost with Claver, if not the offensive game. Meanwhile, Augustine's loss is offset by Savanovic, who is simply the superior player. Savanovic is a hugely talented inside/outside offensive player, with post footwork, passing sense and touch to compensate a strong perimeter jumpshot. Unlike Augustine, and indeed half the team, Savanovic can regularly create his own shot, and is frequently called upon to do so in the Valencia offense. And the rebounding and defensive ends, where Savanovic is less productive (and less interested), are covered by the centre duo of Javtokas and incumbent Sergiy Lischuk, the latter of whom in particular has had a fine season. The two provide the tough aggressive interior defense and shotblocking otherwise lacking on the roster, and in theory, a two centre lineup featuring the two of them will feature at least some of the time in Augustine's absence. It will be easier to do this if Lischuk can rediscover the three point range he used so often last season (33 makes on the year), and so little in this one (2).
March 24, 2010
- Robertas Javtokas
Javtokas was with Dynamo Moscow last year, a team that reached the quarter finals of the Eurocup. He left the team in the summer as Dynamo released all of their foreign players once they ran out of money, and he moved to Khimki, the Russian team based just outside of Moscow that lost to Lietuvos Rytas in last year's Eurocup final. Because of that (somewhat) success, Khimki are a Euroleague team this season, although they got knocked out in the last 16 a couple of weeks ago. Javtokas averaged 10.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 25 minutes per game in the Euroleague, alongside 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds in the Russian league, and 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in the VTB United League.