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Jonas Valanciunas | Center | #17

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 265
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (5) / TOR
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Jonas Valanciunas scored two points with eight rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes against the Heat on Thursday.
Even with Serge Ibaka suspended, Valanciunas still couldn't get late run in this game. Jakob Poeltl was the guy to guard Hassan Whiteside, so coach Dwane Casey is basically just looking for reasons not to play JV late. Valanciunas is really just a late-round player these days. Mar 23 - 10:42 PM

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Jonas Valanciunas scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting vs. the Bulls on Tuesday.

He grabbed five rebounds with two turnovers and nothing else in 25 minutes. Before his owners drop him out of frustration, it's worth noting that he should get a nice bump in the short term because Serge Ibaka is likely going to be suspended. The Raptors only have two more games this week, though.
Mar 21 - 11:06 PM

Jonas Valanciunas finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes Sunday against Indiana.

Valanciunas checked out of the lopsided game with 4:39 to go in the third quarter and never did return, as Lucas Nogueira and Jakob Poeltl held down the fort in the middle. The Lithuanian big man continues to see plenty of rest in the final quarter for a multitude of reasons - including the presence of Serge Ibaka - yet he remains a top-100 value in the middle due to his high production when he actually is on the floor.
Mar 19 - 9:14 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

That's another game with no playing time in the fourth quarter. Valanciunas has actually played well despite not getting run in the fourth, so his fantasy owners can't complain about his bottom line. JV continues to hang around top-100 value, so he's shaping up to be a guy worth owning. His low upside is annoying, though.
Mar 17 - 11:19 PM

Jonas Valanciunas played 17 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with seven points, five rebounds and two blocks.

He checked out with the score at 70-58 and did not play at all in the final 19:22 of this game. Since the break, Valanciunas has played a grand total of 16 minutes in the fourth quarter, which explains why he's been a disaster since the Serge Ibaka trade. As bad as that is, he's still been a top-100 player in standard leagues. He's still only a weak hold with his severely capped upside right now.
Mar 16 - 9:32 PM

Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled vs. the Mavericks on Monday with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

The Mavs had very little rim protection with Nerlens Noel (knee) out, so J-Val feasted early on with nine points alone in the first quarter. He eventually cooled off and only played 24 minutes in the blowout win, but his owners will take this line every day of the week. He finished 5-of-11 from the field with two assists and one block, and he's now posted double-doubles in four straight games. The presence of Serge Ibaka isn't ideal, but J-Val should still be a mid-round player if he gets at least 25 minutes a night.
Mar 13 - 11:46 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 points with 10 boards in 21 minutes against the Heat on Saturday.

He was back to getting no minutes in the fourth quarter again. The Raptors were down late, so they had to go with their smaller, 3-point lineup. Valanciunas should still be worth owning in most leagues, but he's lost some of his mojo he gained in the previous two games.
Mar 11 - 11:22 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 11 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

Wow. That's two games in a row JV has played in the fourth. He played 7.4 minutes in the fourth today and nine minutes on Wednesday. Although, that was against Dwight Howard and DeMarcus Cousins. This is still great news for Valanciunas, especially with DeMarre Carroll coming back. His owners probably aren't safe from a dud, but the worst is behind him.
Mar 11 - 12:34 AM

Jonas Valanciunas busted out of his post-break slump during a 94-87 win over the Pelicans on Wednesday, scoring 25 points with 13 rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes.

After he didn't play a second in the fourth quarter since the break, he thrived in his nine fourth-quarter minutes in this big win. Valanciunas did a solid job against DeMarcus Cousins with nine points on 4-of-4 from the field, seven boards and one foul in that frame. The main culprit for JV has been how successful the frontcourt trio of Serge Ibaka, P.J. Tucker and DeMarre Carroll has been, so not having Carroll is likely a factor here. Regardless, this game has to feel really good for JV and his fantasy owners. Hopefully, he can keep it going on Friday against the Hawks. That should be a favorable matchup against Dwight Howard, too.
Mar 9 - 12:50 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 13 points with seven rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday.

Thank goodness for rookie Thon Maker. The Raptors fed JV early in the first and he posted nine points and five boards in the first quarter alone. Once again, he did not log a second in the fourth quarter, which still hasn't happened since Serge Ibaka made his Raptors debut. The game flow did dictate the Raptors had to go small for 3-point shooting, but this is still a tough pill to swallow. He's still probably worth holding unless you're in a shallow league. It's not looking good at all, though.
Mar 4 - 11:15 PM

Jonas Valanciunas has struggled mightily since Serge Ibaka's arrival in Toronto.

Valanciunas is averaging 8.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 18.6 minutes over the five games since Ibaka made his Raptors debut. What's worse, his numbers are trending in the wrong direction. Valanciunas is a minus-41 in 53 minutes over his past three games. JV hit rock-bottom on Friday when he finished with two points and three rebounds in 13 minutes. Valanciunas should still be held in standard leagues, but JV owners certainly have great cause for concern.
Mar 4 - 12:29 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored two points with three rebounds in 13 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch and another ouch since Serge Ibaka made his debut five games ago. Valanciunas did not play at all in the five fourth quarters since Ibaka made his Raptors debut and he's only played a grand total of 27 minutes in the third quarter in those five games. He probably isn't going to be this bad, but he's on the brink of being a drop in shallower leagues.
Mar 4 - 12:21 AM

Jonas Valanciunas shot just 3-of-12 from the field in 21 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with seven points and 11 rebounds, seven of which were offensive.

JV's decline has been a disappointing storyline over the past few weeks, accelerated by the arrival of versatile big man Serge Ibaka. The loss of Kyle Lowry (wrist) hurts, too, since he has a good chemistry with Valanciunas. JV yet again didn't play in the fourth quarter, a frustrating turn of events with the fantasy playoffs looming large.
Mar 1 - 10:51 PM

Jonas Valanciunas got into foul trouble and only played 19 minutes vs. the Knicks on Monday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting.

It's a shame that J-Val picked up four fouls, because he was well on his way to a big night. Coach Dwane Casey tried to stagger J-Val and Serge Ibaka a bit more tonight so that one of them was always on the floor, and with Kyle Lowry (wrist) out several weeks, we're hopeful that J-Val will still be able to help his fantasy owners despite his reduced role. He grabbed five rebounds with two steals and one block, and he also hit a pair of free throws.
Feb 27 - 9:52 PM

Jonas Valanciunas made 7-of-8 shots to finish Sunday's game with 15 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 22 minutes.

The efficiency was there but the playing time wasn't, as JV logged 22 or fewer minutes for the fourth straight game. Serge Ibaka got hot in the fourth quarter of a close game and Valanciunas once again didn't leave the bench in the final frame. Dwane Casey has made no secret of his desire for a more versatile defensive lineup late in games, and Ibaka's arrival is a clear threat to JV's minutes. That said, he's still capable of posting solid value with minutes in the mid-20s.
Feb 26 - 9:05 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Cory Joseph
3Delon Wright
4Fred VanVleet
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Norman Powell
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2Pascal Siakam
3P.J. Tucker
4Bruno Caboclo
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Patrick Patterson
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Lucas Nogueira
3Jakob Poeltl