Ahead of the 2020-21 NBA campaign, Deividas Sirvydis and the Detroit Pistons have agreed on a 3-year contract. The long-term commitment will pay Sirvydis $898,310 in year 1, $1,517,981 in year 2, and $1,782,621 in the final year.
Sirvydis was selected with the 37th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. Shortly after, he was traded to the Pistons. The Lithuanian star showed out in the 2019 Summer League for Detroit, playing in 5 games. With an average of 1.8 points in just 6.9 minutes per contest.
Sirvydis then headed overseas, returning to Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania. A team that he had been with since 2017, prior to being drafted. The 20-year-old featured 16 EuroCup games for Lietuvos Rytas in the 2019-20 campaign. Where he averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds, in 15.5 minutes (MPG). This was on 43.9% shooting, 38.2% from 3-point land.
The young prospect signed a long-term deal with Hapoel Jerusalem in May 2020. However, he left the team in November to join the Pistons. As his NBA opportunity came calling.
Sirvydis is an excellent shooter from the outside. The numbers may not show it, but it’s a small sample size. He can convert on catch-and-shoot situations, off screens, and even off the dribble.
He isn’t necessarily athletic but has a high basketball IQ that makes up for it. At 6-foot-8, the forward possesses upside as a shot creator, due to his ability to handle as well as facilitate. Although, he does still have a long way to go in that department.
Sirvydis will have to gain some weight to play at the next level. He is known to struggle when teams get physical. In the NBA, once players get that soft label, they will get banged around. He has to fill out and get stronger.
Also, more muscle will help Sirvydis to play through contact and finish at the rim. On defense, the Lithuanian forward competes hard but struggles to fight over screens both on-and-off the ball.
Sirvydis’ Step to the Next Level:
Deividas Sirvydis is currently listed day-to-day by the Pistons and is yet to feature in the 2020-21 NBA pre-season.
The 6-foot-8 youngster may sit a lot during the campaign ahead. But in the long-term, time in the G League may assist in his development, by giving him much-needed playing time. This will prove tricky this season, however. As the Pistons are believed to be one of the teams opting out of a G League bubble.
At the NBA level, Sirvydis can be a solid 3-point shooter who can stretch the floor. The Pistons need shooting and he could potentially fit that bill.
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