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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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Raptors coach Dwane Casey is expecting big things from Jonas Valanciunas this season.
"He has taken another step and there is another step he can take," Casey said of J-Val. "This is a huge year for him." Valanciunas has the potential to become an elite fantasy talent, but Casey held him back by limiting his workload to 26.0 minutes per game last season and 26.2 the year before. It's conceivable that his role will grow after a dominant showing in the playoffs and it helps that Bismack Biyombo is gone, so all signs are pointing to a career year for the Lithuanian big man. Sep 3 - 1:09 PM

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Jonas Valanciunas said he was "pretty bad" in the Olympics.

"I got to do something with my head," Valanciunas said. This isn't the first time we've seen JV fall off a cliff at times, but it's very unusual for him to be bad for such a long stretch. In 23.8 minutes per game over those six outings, he turned in meager averages of 6.7 points, 7.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 2.2 turnovers on just 39 percent from the field. Let's not overreact here for one of the best international big men in the NBA.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 17 - 6:33 PM

Jonas Valanciunas struggled to bring much to the box score during Lithuania's 90-64 beatdown via Team Australia on Wednesday, putting up just five points and eight rebounds over 24 minutes of action.

Valanciunas didn't have all that great of an Olympic tournament, but his teammates also didn't make much of an effort to get him involved, and the lack of 3-point shooting from Team Lithuania also made it easier for opposing teams to load up on JV in the paint. A lackluster performance at the Olympics should not deter prospective owners from spending a mid-round selection on Valanciunas on draft day, as he could be in for a career year with Bismack Biyombo no longer in Toronto to chip away at his minutes.
Aug 17 - 12:25 PM

Jonas Valanciunas made 6-of-15 from the field for 13 points during a 90-81 defeat to Croatia on Monday, adding six rebounds and one block in 33 minutes.

He hasn't quite looked right and doesn't have much pep in his step right now. There's really nothing to worry about here for Valanciunas next season as he heads into his age-24 season with not much depth behind him. The Lithuanians will play against an impressive Australian team on Wednesday.
Aug 15 - 11:12 PM

Jonas Valanciunas did not score in 19 minutes against Spain during a 109-59 loss on Saturday, adding 10 rebounds and two turnovers.

He had a really tough time against Pau Gasol. Valanciunas hasn't looked like a great fit on this team, which comes as a surprise following his terrific postseason. He should be a fantasy force next year with the Raptors missing some of their depth from last season.
Aug 13 - 7:42 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored six points during an 81-73 win over Argentina on Thursday, adding 10 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 27 minutes.

This kind of stat line looks awfully familiar for fantasy owners. Valanciunas has been a paint eater for the Lithuanians, which is probably going to be the case for the Raptors next year. Still, his upside is massive in fantasy thanks to his terrific percentages to go with some blocks and boards. He's a terrific fantasy target.
Aug 11 - 11:35 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 points (3-of-5 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) in a 89-80 win over Nigeria on Tuesday, adding five rebounds and three blocks.

The win improved Lithuania to 2-0 in Rio, but it wasn't easy as they trailed by five points at halftime. J-Val fouled out of the previous game and came close today as well with four fouls. He hasn't really been dominant yet and had a few turnovers, so hopefully we'll see some improvement as the tournament continues.
Aug 9 - 7:55 PM

Jonas Valanciunas fouled out in just 20 minutes of action during Sunday's 82-76 win over Brazil, putting up six points, three boards, two assists, one steal and three turnovers.

Valanciunas wasn't heavily involved in Lithuania's offense, but foul trouble likely factored into this forgettable stat line. Expect JV to bounce-back in his next outing against Nigeria on Tuesday.
Aug 7 - 3:39 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

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