Egidijus Mockevicius is a man with a long name who is a long shot to make the Nets 15-man roster.
Mockevicius, a 24-year-old Lithuanian, has yet to play in preseason action which implies that his next destination will be to play for the Long Island Nets. Furthermore, the Nets signed Mockevicius to a one-year deal with a $100,000 guarantee. Those guarantees, like the ones Yogi Ferrell and Beau Beech have, are given out to help young players get along on the puny D-League salaries.
Mockevicius went undrafted in the 2016 NBA draft after a successful career at Evansvielle, where he averaged 15.7 points and 14 rebounds per game. He was the NCAA’s leading rebounder last season. Prior to that, he played for Akademija Vilnius in Lithuania from 2010-2012 and was the FIBA “game hero” in Lithuania’s victory in the 2012 European Under-20 championship.
Rebounding is an area that the Nets need some help in and that’s where Mockevicius does most of his work. Moreover, rebounding is the one area of play that usually transfers from college to the pro’s.
In training camp, the 6’10”, 240-pound Mockevicius, who already had a big frame, has bulked up even more ... and worked on his jumper. In the Open Practice, he hit two corner three’s, which is two more than he made his entire four years at Evansville.
What’s his future? It’s going to depend on how much he can keep improving his rebounding and defense while developing an outside shot and better post moves. He’s already made the first step, getting an NBA contract ... and a guarantee.