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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 grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds on Wednesday, with six on the offensive glass, adding 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting in 30 minutes.
Lucas Nogueira was out tonight due to a concussion and JV had his own scare when his head hit the court in the fourth quarter. He never left the game, however, so we're leaving him off the injury report unless a pessimistic update surfaces prior to Friday's road game. Jan 18 - 10:19 PM

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Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled in his 28 minutes of action during Sunday's 116-101 blowout victory over the Knicks, tallying 12 points, 16 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

Ever since head coach Dwane Casey challenged Valanciunas to earn his minutes by dominating his matchup, JV has been a double-double machine owning averages of 14.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.0 block and just 1.2 turnovers per contest on 53.1 percent shooting, which has been good enough for top-50 value in standard 9-cat leagues. After the game, Casey said that there are "no excuses" for Valanciunas to not "dominate" the boards, and he's been pleased with JV's performance as of late.
Jan 15 - 6:54 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

It wasn't a dominating line, but Valanciunas defended well in the paint and his rebounding is a positive -- he had a game-high three offensive boards, as well. He also went to the line, which is another thing both coach Dwane Casey and general manager Masai Ujiri want to see. After a little lull, JV is trending up again.
Jan 13 - 11:09 PM

General manager Masai Ujri said the Raptors haven't noticed Jonas Valanciunas playing with the same "feistiness" in the last three weeks.

Ujiri said Valanciunas has it in him and he's fine with how JV can have bad games. Coach Dwane Casey has also said he wants JV to dominate down low, so Ujiri and Casey are on the same page there. He's come off a big game with 18 points and 23 boards, so expect him to feast against a fast-paced Nets team tonight.
Jan 13 - 3:35 PM

Jonas Valanciunas blew up for 18 points, a career-high 23 rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes of Tuesday's 114-106 win over the Celtics.

Despite hitting just 6-of-18 shots, this was possibly JV's best game of the season, as well as one of his better scoring nights. After a two-point dud on Jan. 3, Valanciunas has been playing much better, averaging 14.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks over his last four games. It's just too bad he can't play against Boston every night.
Jan 10 - 10:21 PM

Jonas Valanciunas played only 23 minutes vs. the Rockets on Sunday, scoring eight points on 4-of-4 shooting with five boards and one block.

The Raptors weren't interested in playing through JV as a post scorer tonight, and this game quickly turned into an up-and-down shootout. He's still averaging 29.3 minutes in January, which is 2.3 above his season average, and it was just a bad matchup. He should fare better vs. Al Horford and the Celtics on Tuesday.
Jan 8 - 9:33 PM

Jonas Valanciunas hit 7-of-11 shots for 14 points with seven rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes in Saturday’s overtime loss to the Bulls.

Valanciunas was on the court in the fourth quarter and played some minutes in overtime. It was a good sign for him as he occasionally gets yanked out of games. He has now played at least 31 minutes in three of his last four games. His playing time will ultimately depend on his performance and the matchup.
Jan 8 - 12:35 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points with 13 rebounds against the Jazz during a win on Thursday.

Coach Dwane Casey said he wanted JV to dominate to get late minutes, and that's just what happened tonight. Valanciunas played the final four minutes and was awesome in that time. In fact, the Raptors were down 88-84 when he entered, but were able to win it 101-93. Maybe this can get Valanciunas going.
Jan 5 - 10:53 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said he needs Jonas Valanciunas to dominate to keep his minutes late in games.

"If your big guys don't dominate, you have to go small," Casey said. "I tell Jonas [Valanciunas]: 'Oh, you want to play more? Then dominate. I don't want to see fadeaways over 6-8 guys. Get to the rim. Get every offensive rebound. If not, you're coming out.'" Well, there's your explanation to why JV gets his minutes cut. Plus, there is a pretty clear trend of JV losing run when the Raptors are trailing on the scoreboard. He's still a buy-low player.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 5 - 4:48 PM

Jonas Valanciunas hit just 1-of-5 shots for two points, six rebounds and zero blocks in Tuesday's 110-82 loss to the Spurs.

Backup Lucas Nogueira wasn't much better, missing all five of his shots for zero points, three rebounds and three blocks in 22 minutes. Patrick Patterson was out with an ankle injury, while Pau Gasol played just 19 minutes for the Spurs. This game was a blowout and the center position was pretty dead for both teams, so this was just a matchup thing. The Spurs did block 15 shots tonight, their most since getting 16 way back in 2003. But Valanciunas has scored eight or fewer points in three of his last four games and the Raptors have lost three of those. Look for JV to get more involved and break out of his funk in the near future.
Jan 3 - 11:08 PM

Jonas Valanciunas played 31 minutes on Sunday, finishing with 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting with 10 rebounds, two steals and three turnovers.

JV was averaging just 21.0 minutes in Toronto's previous five games, and he was coming off two single-digit scoring performances. Tonight's uptick isn't cause for celebration, however, as it was largely the result of Patrick Patterson sitting out with a knee injury. The Raptors wanted to "err on the side of caution" with Patterson tonight, so JV's owners should be ready for his minutes to dip again vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.
Jan 2 - 12:56 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored eight points with 10 boards and one steal in 19 minutes against the Suns on Thursday.

Valanciunas did not play in the final 18 minutes of this contest. The lack of late playing time could be due to the Raptors trailing in their past 15. In losses for that span this season, JV has played just 3.7 minutes per fourth quarter compared to 5.5 in wins. He looks to get back on track on Sunday against the Lakers who are giving up the seventh most fantasy points per game to opposing centers.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 01:57:00 AM

Jonas Valanciunas played 21 minutes against the Warriors on Wednesday with seven points, five rebounds and one block.

It might have been his worst defensive game of the season and coach Dwane Casey cut JV's minutes in the second half. Plus, the Raptors needed to comeback and needed treys, so Pat Patterson saw minutes at the five. Valanciunas has some buy-low appeal.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 01:39:00 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and a block, but only played 16 minutes due to foul trouble.

That's a great line in limited minutes, especially in a brutal matchup against Rudy Gobert and the Jazz. Expect J-Val to feast against Portland's weak interior defense on Monday.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 12:11:00 AM

Jonas Valanciunas hit 8-of-15 shots for 16 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and one block in 25 minutes on Sunday night.

Valanciunas recorded his eighth double-double of the season and has now grabbed double-digit rebounds in six of his last seven games. His next game comes against the Nets, a team that is allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing centers and is also yielding the second most rebounds per game with a -3.3 differential. Fantasy owners should deploy him on Tuesday.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:37:00 PM

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PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Cory Joseph
3Delon Wright
4Fred VanVleet
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Norman Powell
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2Terrence Ross
3Bruno Caboclo
PF1Pascal Siakam
2Patrick Patterson
3Jared Sullinger
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Lucas Nogueira
3Jakob Poeltl