Player Page

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
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said the team needs to learn how to use Jonas Valanciunas effectively against small lineups.
The Raptors want to give the 24-year-old a bigger role after a breakout playoff performance and Casey's plan could go a long way towards increasing JV's minutes. "Jonas has got to learn, I have to learn, we have to learn as a staff how to use him against small lineups," Casey said. Valanciunas averaged 12.8 points and 9.1 rebounds per game in 2015-16 and will be a nightly double-double threat in 2016-17 as long as he can continue his upward trajectory. Jun 7 - 12:33 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

The Raptors are preparing to give Jonas Valanciunas a larger role in the offense.

Finally. Valanciunas was Toronto's best player in the postseason before sustaining his ankle injury, and at 24 years old, JV is ready to carry more weight on his shoulders. "Yes he is," GM Masai Ujiri said when asked if Valanciunas was prepared for an increased role. "Even from talking to [Casey] we feel that way, Jonas feels that way, players feel that way." After averaging career bests in points (12.8) and rebounds (9.1), expect another step forward in 2016-17.
May 30 - 11:43 AM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that Jonas Valanciunas is a year or two away from stretching out his game to the 3-point line.

The big man just turned 24 years old in May, and while he's yet to hit a 3-pointer in his four-year career, Casey sounded pretty confident that he could add that to his game. That would be huge for his fantasy value, but it's probably too early to expect him to have the green light from deep next season. As always, there should be plenty of updates on his progress over the summer.
May 28 - 1:29 PM

Jonas Valanciunas came off the bench again on Friday with six points, eight rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 17 minutes.

The ankle injury in Game 3 against the Heat killed most of his momentum. Valanciunas was the best player on the Raptors before that injury, but he only played a total of 35 minutes since that May 7 sprain. Valanciunas' fantasy ceiling and floor are tremendous for his great percentages to go with some solid block totals. He just turned 23 this month and another step forward next season is certainly possible.
May 27 - 11:29 PM

Jonas Valanciunas is coming off the bench again on Friday for Game 6.

It's the same starting lineup of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Luis Scola and Bismack Biyombo. With two more days off, we might see Valanciunas get to 20 minutes tonight. He is not expected to see time next to Biyombo.
May 27 - 8:22 PM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey hasn't decided who will start at center for Game 6 on Friday.

Bismack Biyombo has been awful on the road and excellent in home games, but Casey did say that Valanciunas was "probably the only positive" in Game 5. It's possible that Casey splits their minutes since J-Val isn't quite 100 percent, so it's tough to rely on either player in DFS right now. Valanciunas had nine points with one assist and two turnovers in 18 minutes in Game 5.
May 27 - 12:37 PM

Jonas Valanciunas returned on Wednesday with nine points on 4-of-4 shooting, one assist and two turnovers in 18 minutes of action.

The Raptors' offense briefly found a groove when JV checked in mid-way through the first quarter, but it was a mirage -- they trailed by 18 points after one quarter and the deficit only got larger. JV and starting center Bismack Biyombo briefly shared the court late in the second quarter, as coach Dwane Casey searched for anything that would spark his team, but we're not expecting to see that lineup again on Friday.
May 25 - 11:28 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) has no minute-limit and coach Dwane Casey hopes to play him early in the game.

"We hope to get him in, find him some minutes and get his feet wet," Casey said. "It might be a shock to his lungs." Casey doesn't like JV matching up vs. Channing Frye and the Cavs' second unit, but isn't ready to start him ahead of Bismack Biyombo, given the Raptors' recent success. Unfortunately for DFS purposes, Biyombo's playing time should take a hit with Valanciunas in the mix.
May 25 - 7:24 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) said that he's "ready to go" for Wednesday's Game 5 in Cleveland.

"I'm ready to go," said Valanciunas. "Percentage wise? I don't know. My ankle doesn't say the percentage." Valanciunas will again be available to play on Wednesday, but Cavs' head coach Tyronn Lue implied that they'll go with a healthy heaping of Channing Frye at the five-spot for Game 5, which Dwane Casey has acknowledged is a difficult matchup for JV. If Valanciunas does take the court Wednesday night, it'll likely be in a limited capacity, so he's still not that great of a fantasy option.
May 25 - 11:11 AM

Jonas Valanciunas' Game 5 minutes will depend on the Cavaliers' personnel, according to Raptors head coach Dwane Casey.

Valanciunas didn't play in Game 4 on Monday, but will be available depending on whom the Cavaliers play on Wednesday. We'll likely see more of JV if the Cavaliers go big, but if it's Kevin Love and Channing Frye operating at the five-spot, that could prove to be too tough of a cover for the big man coming off an ankle injury. Bismack Biyombo remains the preferable DFS target.
May 24 - 11:54 AM

Jonas Valanciunas did not play in Game 4 on Monday.

The Raptors got off to a fantastic start to keep Valanciunas on the bench. Plus, the Cavs went with a lot of space on their offense, which would've made it really hard to use JV on defense. He'll have a couple days off before Game 5 on Wednesday.
May 23 - 11:44 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) is active and available off the bench against the Cavs on Monday night.

Well, the Raptors get some help here. Coach Dwane Casey said Valanciunas will be limited in his first game back since May 7. The Raptors were going small a ton more often in Game 1 and 2, but they went with the bigger lineups in Game 3. Bismack Biyombo should still be a decent bet for minutes close to 30, especially with JV being limited and possibly having a tough time chasing 3-point shooters off the bench. Valanciunas isn't a fantasy option in DFS yet.
May 23 - 7:34 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) will warm up for Game 4 on Monday and see how he feels after that.

If he can play, he will be limited. Valanciunas has been out since he sprained his ankle in Game 3 against the Heat and this will be a tough matchup for him. The Cavs are expected to space the floor a lot, which makes it even tougher on his balky ankle. If he can go, his playing time will likely come from Luis Scola and Bismack Biyombo. We'll add any additional updates during warmups. Stay tuned.
May 23 - 6:51 PM

Updating a previous item, Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's Game 4 vs. Cleveland.

Previously dubbed a game-time call, the momentum continues to move in the right direction for Valanciunas to play. At this point, it would be a little surprising if JV didn't at least see the floor in some capacity. However, there is no question Valanciunas will be limited if he is out there, so expect Bismack Biyombo to still play a large role in a crucial Game 4 matchup.
May 23 - 1:45 PM

After going through Monday's shootaround, Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) has been upgraded to a game-time decision for Game 4 vs. Cleveland.

According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, "signs are that [Valanciunas] will play," but TSN's Josh Lewenberg reports that JV's chances are "worse than 50-50." Although Valanciunas is sore and the Raptors are remaining tight-lipped about his status, there seems to be some optimism that he'll be able to give it a go after previously being listed as doubtful. If he does play, it wouldn't be surprising to see Valanciunas come off the bench behind Bismack Biyombo. Stay tuned.
May 23 - 11:25 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Cory Joseph
3Delon Wright
4Fred VanVleet
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Norman Powell
SF1DeMarre Carroll
2Terrence Ross
3Bruno Caboclo
PF1Jared Sullinger
2Patrick Patterson
3Pascal Siakam
4Jason Thompson
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Lucas Nogueira
3Jakob Poeltl