, who delivered a near perfect game in the Lithuanian LKL Finals against Lietuvos Rytas archrival Zalgiris. Played at Vilnius, it was the fourth game of the seven-games series. With Zalgiris leading 2-1, it was an extremely important game to keep Rytas healthily in the competition. After five minutes into the game, Rytas was trailing 2-9, and thats precisely when Martynas Gecevicius
came off the bench to ignite his scoring show. In 23 minutes of playing game, Gecevicius scored 22 points, staying perfect both from the floor and the free-throw line. He just netted everything, and rounded out his performance with 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.
Although not too serious of an NBA prospect, Gecevicius is a well-known youngster, a very promising shooter for the international scene. Actually we featured him
when he earned all-tournament team honors in last summers U-18 European Championships, helping Lithuania to conquer the silver medal. He looked like a rather mature player there, ready to fill a role in a veteran team. He started this season in Sakalai, which is a mid-level team by Lithuanian standards, but a weak squad considering the whole European scenario, providing solid production from the perimeter. Lietuvos Rytas recruited him mid-way the season, and he has been given spare playing time, even in these Finals.
Why is this Lithuanian performer not intriguing NBA material at this point? It all comes down to Gecevicius showing a poor physical-athletic combination given that he is an undersized shooting guard at 6-4 who doesnt enjoy much athleticism, even if hes relatively strong for his age and displays a nice wingspan.
Instead, Martynas is a smart player whos forced to survive by relying on his excellent skill set. To put it in a few words, he has the manners of a potential world-class shooter. His jumper is a beauty to watch, from the preparations (either cutting without the ball or driving away his defenders, usually relying on picks), footwork, balance, elevation, mechanics and quickness in the release. Gecevicius scored 3 three-pointers in this game, looking extremely fluid off-the-dribble. One of them came from NBA-range, as he was left in a mismatch with a bigger defender who was waiting for him on the three-point line.
We could also see Gecevicius driving towards the basket, always taking advantage of a favorable situation to start moving. Although decently quick, hes not that explosive to beat his match-ups on a regular basis in pure one-on-one settings. Still, hes a nice ball-handler, and he delivered a couple of slaloms to end up dishing the ball, once because he had forced a defensive rotation so a teammate was alone near the basket, but on other occasion he just didnt feel able to finish against opposition given his size and lack of athleticism. Anyway, hes a very nice passer who recognizes opportunities for his teammates. Martynas was also very productive in transition, running the court very well, with and without the ball, to catch defenses off-guard.
Where Gecevicius struggled the most was on defense, as he exposed his average lateral quickness that was occasionally exploited by his rivals.
He might never be able to step into a NBA court, although you can never say never (hes probably less quick than both, but there you have/had Arvydas Macijauskas
and J.J.Redick). Anyway, in a few years, you might as well hear his name as he bombs to pieces some NBA-based US squad in summer competition.