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Jonas Valanciunas | Center | #17

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 265
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (5) / TOR
Contract: view contract details

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Jonas Valanciunas struggled with fouls on Wednesday, finishing with 12 points (4-of-4 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.
He committed two fouls in the first two minutes of the game, which quickly sent him to the Raptors' bench. The good news is that he was effective while on the court, and Dwane Casey kept him out there for the final 10 minutes of a close game. He's been playing well over the past month, flirting with a double-double to go along with 0.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game. Feb 11 - 1:13 AM

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Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points with eight boards, three assists, three steals and one block in 25 minutes vs. the Pistons on Monday.

He was an impressive 7-of-9 from the field and he also held Andre Drummond in check. J-Val was limited to 19 minutes in two different games last week, but he has now played 25 minutes in two straight outings. It's probably time to give up hope that he will be a 30-minute guy this season, but he is still worth starting in standard leagues despite the low playing time.
Feb 8 - 11:13 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points with 11 rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

It was nice to see the blocks come back up after he put up just two in his previous four. Valanciunas' boards are really starting to come around while he's scoring double-digit points with more regularity. Expect Valanciunas to heat up after the break like he usually does.
Feb 5 - 1:26 AM

Jonas Valanciunas played just 19 minutes on Tuesday, finishing with 14 points and six rebounds.

Suns Tyson Chandler and Alex Len got into some foul trouble and both teams went small, for the most part. Valanciunas has also been dealing with a thumb injury and played just 19 minutes on Monday, so a game against the Suns was a good time to get him some more rest. As long as the thumb problem isn't serious, JV should bounce back soon. Bismack Biyombo played 29 minutes and had seven points, 12 boards and a block off the bench, but is only worth a look if he starts getting minutes over Luis Scola, or if Valanciunas' injury remains a problem.
Feb 2 - 11:50 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) played just 19 minutes in Monday's loss to the Nuggets, scoring 10 points with eight boards and one block.

He was considered questionable to play due to a sprained thumb, but that wasn't an issue tonight and he played low minutes due to the lopsided score. Even with tonight's dud, J-Val is still averaging a double-double over his last five games with 12.4 points, 11.0 boards and 0.8 blocks in just 25.0 minutes. He should comfortably return mid-round value the rest of the way.
Feb 1 - 11:23 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (thumb) will start on Monday vs. the Nuggets.

He went through a hard pre-game workout and felt fine, so he shouldn't be limited tonight. Get him in your lineups.
Feb 1 - 8:17 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (wrist) is probable for Monday against the Nuggets.

He has a sprained right wrist and it doesn't sound like he'll be out for this game. If for some chance he's out, Bismack Biyombo would be a must-play option tonight. Assume Valanciunas plays against Nikola Jokic in what should be a fun matchup.
Feb 1 - 2:17 PM

Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled on Thursday vs. the Knicks, scoring 11 points with 18 boards and one block in 28 minutes.

He was a lot more aggressive than usual, but unfortunately he shot just 4-of-16 from the field. His previous season high for field goal attempts was 13, so the Raptors might be looking to get him more involved on the offensive end. J-Val has been a top-70 player this season and still has a lot more room to grow.
Jan 28 - 11:02 PM

Jonas Valanciunas said he has worked more on his jumper and his coaches "keep pushing that jump shot" in practice.

He also touched on his shot selection. His efficiency on jumpers is actually down six percent compared to last year and it's had a downward trend. Regardless, Valanciunas has been great this month with fourth-round value in January for standard leagues.
Jan 27 - 4:08 PM

Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled in Tuesday's win over the Wizards, scoring 12 points with 13 boards.

He added one block and four turnovers, but he only played 26 minutes. Raptors coach Dwane Casey has been a lot more willing to play J-Val down the stretch in games this season, but his minutes have still been limited to the upper 20s. Regardless, he is still averaging 13.4 points, 11.4 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks in 26.8 minutes per game over his last five and is a must-start player.
Jan 26 - 11:16 PM

Dwane Casey praised Jonas Valanciunas for the growth he's shown in his game.

Valanciunas' 1.3 blocks are tied for his career-best mark, while his 0.9 assists per game represent a new career high. "It goes back to his growth, where he’s reading the speed of the game, reading the defence, understanding where the help is, the game is slowing down for him a little more now, where he’s making better decisions out of the post, which is great," Casey said. "He’s reading the game, taking what they give him better and that’s another step in his growth." In January, JV is averaging 12.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.9 blocks on 55.1 percent shooting.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jan 25 - 11:16 AM

Jonas Valanciunas hit 8-of-11 shots to finish Sunday's game with 20 points, eight rebounds, one block and one turnover in 25 minutes.

The Clippers are getting blocked 3.3 times per game this season, easily the lowest mark in the league, so it's nice that JV had any swats in limited action tonight. He was in foul trouble but that's hardly the reason for his limited playing time -- he's averaging just 27.5 minutes in January, and will be a mid-round value until Dwane Casey extends the leash.
Jan 24 - 9:06 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored nine points with 13 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 27 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

He's not shooting the ball well, but the blocks are certainly there. He's at two blocks per game this month and is putting up top-40 value in his 28 minutes per game in January. Valanciunas could wind up being a key piece for fantasy owners during the stretch run.
Jan 23 - 12:51 AM

Toronto increased their division lead to 5.5 games on Wednesday, as Jonas Valanciunas shot a pristine 9-of-9 from the field to finish with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

The 23-year-old added one assist, one steal and one turnover in 29 minutes, and he could have had a bigger scoring night if his teammates looked for him more often. He's almost average a double-double with 2.1 blocks per game in January.
Jan 20 - 11:56 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting (1-of-3 FTs) during an overtime win over the Magic on Thursday, adding nine boards, two assists, one steal, three blocks and one turnover in 30 minutes.

Despite signing a big money, four-year extension this offseason, head coach Dwane Casey has still constrained Jonas to 26.7 minutes per game this season. With the Raptors sitting on the No. 2 seed out East, it’s unlikely that Jonas sees a major boost in minutes this year (particularly with Bismack Biyombo pushing him for playing time), so it’ll be tough for him to be anything more than a mid-round guy in standard leagues.
Jan 14 - 6:29 PM

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PG1Kyle Lowry
2Cory Joseph
3Delon Wright
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Terrence Ross
3Norman Powell
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2James Johnson
3Bruno Caboclo
PF1Luis Scola
2Patrick Patterson
3Anthony Bennett
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Bismack Biyombo
3Lucas Nogueira