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Jonas Valanciunas | Center | #17

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 265
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (5) / TOR
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Jonas Valanciunas scored 11 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 23 minutes on Friday.
Going back to July, there were not many other players losing their luster like Valanciunas. However, he had himself a really strong preseason, looks confident, and he has a stranglehold on his minutes this year. JV is likely going to slide in drafts, but his high-floor fantasy game makes him a decent target after the popular bigs come off the board in the middle rounds. Oct 13 - 11:02 PM

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Jonas Valanciunas seemed to acknowledge during a recent interview that he won't be seeing many scoring opportunities in Toronto this season.

"It’s not just about scoring, right?" said Valanciunas. "It’s about making the right play, being in the right spot, right timing, seeing the open cutters. You cannot be selfish if you want to win." Head coach Dwane Casey has had high praise for Valanciunas through the preseason, but that doesn't change the fact that Casey has never allowed JV to average more 26 minutes per game during his time at the helm in Toronto. When Serge Ibaka joined the Raptors last year, Valanciunas saw his minutes reduced 23.6 a night, so that's what he might be looking at this season.
Source: TSN
Oct 12 - 12:51 PM

Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points, 11 rebounds, two steals and a block in Tuesday's exhibition win, while Serge Ibaka added 14 points, five boards, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

JV was great and is having a nice preseason, but there's still a concern that his workload will diminish some with Ibaka around. He should continue to start for the Raptors and is still a fantasy center target, especially if he and Ibaka can coexist like this once the games start counting.
Oct 10 - 9:37 PM

Jonas Valanciunas posted 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists vs. the Clippers on Sunday.

JV looked very good in 20 minutes of action. In addition to his usual post-oriented scoring, he showed some adept passing with Toronto emphasizing offensive movement. It's an encouraging sight, but Valanciunas still faces the threat of diminishing minutes with Serge Ibaka in town.
Oct 2 - 1:16 AM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey hinted that Jonas Valanciunas will keep his starting role.

His minutes have been trending in the wrong direction for the past four seasons, so his job is anything but safe. The Raptors are expected to use Serge Ibaka at center a lot this season and Jakob Poeltl and Lucas Nogueira are more than capable of pushing J-Val for minutes. However, as long as J-Val is starting and getting minutes in the mid-20s, he should be a mid-round fantasy player.
Sep 25 - 11:13 AM

Jonas Valanciunas finished his six-game stretch at EuroBasket with averages of 15.8 points, 12.0 boards and 0.8 blocks.

He was actually kind of a letdown in the Olympics, so turning it around for this event is a plus. Valanciunas is also coming off a rough year in Toronto and there were also some trade rumors as the Raptors look to change their identity. JV is still going to have value later in drafts because not many bigs can shoot free throws like the Lithuanian big man, but he is almost certainly going to slide and could be a value late.
Sep 9 - 5:41 PM

Jonas Valanciunas posted a 22-point, 14-rebound double-double during Tuesday's 94-62 blowout win over Ukraine.

Valanciunas twisted his ankle during one of the exhibtion games leading up to the EuroBasket tournament, but it's not been an issue that has forced him to spend any time on the sidelines, so crisis avoided. While JV's talent is undeniable, his coach in Toronto rarely lets his minutes eclipse the 25-minute mark, and with Serge Ibaka now in town, his playing time could regularly be in the lower-20s. In other words, we wouldn't recommend targeting Valanciunas until the later rounds on draft day.
Sep 5 - 3:56 PM

Jonas Valanciunas appeared to turn his ankle in a friendly game against Croatia, but he was able to return.

He was reportedly yelling from the pain, but it sounds like Valanciunas dodged a bullet. Valanciunas was reportedly on the trade block last month and now he's likely going to lose minutes to Serge Ibaka and maybe even Jakob Poeltl.
Aug 9 - 3:33 PM

Masai Ujiri said he "believes" in Jonas Valanciunas' talent and the Raptors are not going to "give him away."

Valanciunas' name has cropped up quite a bit in trade rumors over the past few seasons, and Ujiri acknowledged during Tuesday's presser that they did look into moving JV when they were over the cap, but with the Raptors no longer facing a stiff luxury tax bill they are no longer actively shopping Valanciunas. In terms of fantasy hoops, remaining in Toronto isn't necessarily a good thing for JV, as Dwane Casey rarely allows his minutes to hit the 30-minute mark.
Jul 18 - 4:29 PM

The Raptors are looking into moving Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 23 pick, according to Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet.

General manager Masai Ujiri talked about a culture change, so don't be surprised to see the Raptors shake things up. Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey have been concerned with Valanciunas not dominating in the paint enough, so they may be looking to go a different direction. Plus, Serge Ibaka isn't much of a power forward anymore, so that could be a factor if they keep him. They also have Jakob Poeltl for some depth.
Jun 22 - 6:54 PM

Jonas Valanciunas didn't do much during the Raptors' Game 4 loss to the Cavs on Sunday, finishing with just eight points, five rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 25 minutes.

Overall, it was another disappointing season for Valanciunas who again wasn’t able to average 30 minutes a night due to Dwane Casey’s concern with JV’s effort on defense. He ended his season with averages of 12.0 points, 9.5 boards and a career-low 0.8 blocks per contest on 55.7 percent shooting. As long as Casey is at the helm in Toronto, it's unlikely that Valanciunas will ever average 30 minutes a night.
May 7 - 6:22 PM

Jonas Valanciunas moved into the starting lineup against the Cavs on Friday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds and one turnover in 33 minutes.

He did pick up some extra buckets in garbage time to buoy his stat line and he did play the final six minutes of this blowout. Valanciunas did look better than expected and really nobody else on the Raptors besides DeMar DeRozan was a consistent offensive threat. He'll probably get another start in Game 4 on Sunday, so he'll be a DFS play.
May 5 - 9:41 PM

Jonas Valanciunas is starting over Patrick Patterson for Game 3 on Friday.

It's an interesting move, but it likely has a lot to do with JV's 23 points in Game 2. Valanciunas has also played much better next to Kyle Lowry, so maybe that's a sign Lowry will be able to get minutes.
May 5 - 7:03 PM

Jonas Valanciunas shifted to a bench role on Wednesday, scoring 23 points on 10-of-13 FGs and 3-of-5 FTs, adding five rebounds in just 20 minutes of action.

Valanciunas had a plus/minus rating of -21 in 21 minutes during Game 1, so this move wasn't a complete surprise. Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that his team needed to "manufacture points" and he opted for a small starting lineup tonight that included Patrick Patterson and Norman Powell. JV wound up scoring in bunches, but he was forced to defend Channing Frye with the second unit, giving up nearly as many points as he scored. The Raptors have more questions than answers at this point, but they'll at least benefit from a raucous home crowd in Game 3.
May 3 - 10:04 PM

Dwane Casey is reportedly considering sending both Jonas Valanciunas and DeMarre Carroll to the bench for Wednesday's Game 2 matchup with the Cavs.

Valanciunas and Carroll combined for just nine points in Toronto's Game 1 loss to the Cavs, so it wouldn't be all that surprising to see these guys sent to the bench for Game 2. Should Casey opt to make the lineup change, he'll likely bring Norman Powell and Jakob Poeltl into the starting five. "We have to score points," said Casey. "We have to manufacture points and not get our dobber down if the other team scores." Toronto is averaging just 95.4 points a game this postseason, which is the worst average amongst active teams, and down from their regular-season average of 106.8.
Source: Sports Net
May 3 - 12:44 PM