Like a fine wine, that continues to get better with age, Ramunas Siskauskas
is having a career year in his new CSKA Moscow uniform, under the tutelage of Ettore Messina. Dont be deceived by the extremely slow pace that CSKA plays. Siskauskas numbers
(points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, free throw attempts, FG%) are up across the board per-40 minutes pace adjusted, while his turnovers are down. He also ranks as one of the most efficient players in the Euroleague this season.
Siskauskas is a player without a position, as you will see him at anywhere from the 1-4 on any given night, depending on what his team needs from him. Hes a terrific ball-handler, a lights out shooter, an excellent passer, and arguably the smartest player in all of European basketball. Not possessing great athleticism (to say the least) he has figured out how to maximize himself on the court, as he simply plays the game at his own pace. He has an old mans game, with plenty of tricks up his sleeve, including excellent footwork, fluid body control, crafty finishing ability with either hand, deceptive use of shot-fakes, or even some back to the basket skills. He can also create his own shot fairly well, despite not having a great first step, and is absolutely superb running the pick and roll. An outstanding teammate, he does a great job creating shots unselfishly for others. Siskauskas average pull-up jumper (he doesnt create great separation from his defender) might be the lone chink in his armor, besides the fact that hes not a very explosive leaper.
Defensively, Siskauskas is outstanding, which is somewhat surprising when you consider his fairly average physical tools. He makes up for his lack of lateral quickness with a phenomenal combination of timing, effort and awareness, reading his matchup extremely well, and often being one step ahead of him to contest his shot. This is how he picks up a surprising number of blocks, as well as draws a fair amount of charges.
To emphasize just how much value Siskauskas has in Europe, consider that his current team, CSKA Moscow, went out and paid 1 million Euros to buy him out of his contract with (defending Euroleague champions) Panathinaikos, and then gave him over 2 million Euros per season as his salary. Siskauskas has one more year on his contract after this, but from what were told, will be able to leave for the NBA for free if CSKA is able to win the Euroleague. Depending on the circumstances, he could have some interest in the NBA if the situation is right, but it probably will take a pretty good offer considering the type of money hes making right now.