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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 double-doubled in 20 minutes on Wednesday, scoring 10 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one steal in a comeback win vs. the Hornets.
It's possible that JV will benefit from Serge Ibaka's arrival, giving him a steady, court-stretching frontcourt partner, as opposed to the revolving door of rookies and ailing veterans that have surrounded him thus far. The bad news is that Ibaka also gives coach Dwane Casey the versatile defensive option that he often favors to close out games, so JV's late-game minutes could take a hit. He didn't play in the fourth quarter tonight, for instance, and his owners have little choice but to wait and see how this plays out. Feb 15 - 11:23 PM

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Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points with nine rebounds in 22 minutes vs. the Bulls on Tuesday.

The Raptors dug themselves into a hole early, so J-Val's minutes took a hit as the Raptors went small for most of the night. He finished 6-of-11 from the field with one turnover. The trade of Serge Ibaka could be a slight headache for J-Val, as the Raptors could use Ibaka at center for stretches (especially late in games). Let's see what happens on Wednesday vs. the Hornets, but don't panic by any means.
Feb 14 - 10:56 PM

Jonas Valanciunas made all seven attempts from the field for 16 points with five rebounds and one assist in 26 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday.

It's worth a mention that Valanciunas was sporting some kinesio tape on his left shoulder. JV tweaked his shoulder on Sunday and may still be getting treatment. Obviously there's no need to worry here based on his production lately. Keep him rolling as the buy-low window is close to being closed.
Feb 9 - 1:10 AM

Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points, 12 rebounds and a block, knocking down 9-of-13 shots in Monday's 118-109 win over the Clippers.

JV's been a bit all over the map this season and had a three-point, three-rebound dud against the Celtics last Wednesday. But he's been rolling for three straight games, scoring between 18 and 22 points, and averaging 9.3 rebounds over his last three games.
Feb 6 - 10:37 PM

Jonas Valanciunas went 9-of-17 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe during Sunday's win over Brooklyn on his way to 22 points, five boards, one steal and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

Valanciunas went to work against Brook Lopez, racking up 16 points of his 22 points by halftime, while posting a usage rate of 34.1. He did tweak his left shoulder while getting fouled on a shot attempt early on in the third quarter, but he played through it, so chances are he’ll be good to go for Monday’s game against the Clippers. Still, owners should probably confirm his status prior to Monday’s tip.
Feb 5 - 2:41 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 35 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

He only had one foul after picking up nine in his last two. Fouling usually isn't a problem for Valanciunas to get minutes, and most of the time it's about him being feisty down low. In January, he played 27.9 minutes per game, which is a nice increase from his 24.2 in December. JV still has a buy-low window, especially with Lucas Noguiera likely to play more four.
Feb 3 - 10:00 PM

Foul trouble helped to ruin Jonas Valanciunas' night on Wednesday, as he finished with just three points, three rebounds and one block in 12 minutes of action.

Jared Sullinger, Jakob Poeltl and Lucas Nogueira all played well off the bench tonight, but it was primarily the fouls that did in JV. His playing time is always a sore spot for owners, but this time coach Dwane Casey isn't entirely to blame here. JV was coming off a big 20 & 12 game, and should get going again vs. Orlando on Friday.
Feb 1 - 10:52 PM

Jonas Valanciunas hit 9-of-17 shots for 20 points and 12 rebounds in 32 minutes of Tuesday's overtime win against the Pelicans.

This was his first 20-point game since Dec. 8 and his first double-double in his last six games, despite grabbing at least 11 rebounds in five of his last six. Valanciunas just hasn't seen many shots of late, but the 17 he got tonight were just one shy of his season high of 18. The Pelicans don't really play a true center, making for a nice matchup for JV, but things should get a little tougher on Wednesday when the Raps will visit the Celtics.
Jan 31 - 10:21 PM

Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled in 31 minutes on Sunday, scoring 16 points with 12 rebounds, three blocks, one steal and only one turnover.

This is the first time all season that JV has blocked more than two shots. He also grabbed four of his boards on the offensive end, while handing out two assists for good measure. Head coach Dwane Casey has been pleased with his team's rebounding when JV and Lucas Nogueira are both starting, so it's possible that duo will continue to start even after Patrick Patterson (knee) is healthy and Jared Sullinger (foot) is up to speed. Either way, Valanciunas is a safe every-night starter in season-long leagues.
Jan 22 - 9:00 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

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