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Jonas Valanciunas | Center

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 240
College: None
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Jonas Valanciunas went for 20 and nine but did not have a steal or block in Monday's loss to the Bulls.
Valanciunas hit 8-of-18 shots and 4-of-6 free throws so owners can simply call this an 'alright' night in standard formats. He's returning top 80-90 value on the year, too, so we probably want to be careful with the term 'breakout.' Dec 22 - 11:59 PM

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Jonas Valanciunas only managed to score 10 points on 2-of-6 shooting Sunday, to go with five rebounds, an assists, and zero blocks over 22 minutes of action.

Slow starts are nothing new for Valanciunas, and it's really only a matter of time until he starts to get things going. He averaged 16.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks during the month of April last year, so it would be wise to float out some buy-low offers before he starts rolling.
Dec 21 - 7:14 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 17 points with seven rebounds and two blocks against the Pistons on Friday.

He starting to come around, averaging 11.4 points, 10.4 boards and 0.8 blocks over his last five. Valanciunas has seen consistent minutes and we're really just waiting on a big game from him. He's been a tremendous finisher in each of his last few seasons, so it makes sense to buy low before his owner realizes he/she is sitting on a goldmine.
Dec 20 - 12:55 AM

Jonas Valanciunas hit 6-of-7 shots for 16 points, 10 rebounds and a block in 28 minutes in Wednesday's win over the Nets.

He totaled just 14 points in his previous two games, but is still averaging 11.6 points and 12.0 rebounds over his last five games, while shooting 53 percent. Keep running him out there and hope he gets enough shots in the Raptors offense.
Dec 18 - 1:51 AM

Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled for a career-high third straight time in the Raptors' 106-94 win over the Pacers on Friday, scoring 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting with 14 rebounds and one steal in 27 minutes.

It's not the cleanest line but he did add 4-of-4 free throws to shine it up. Owners are hoping there will be a tipping point that frees Valanciunas up for heavy minutes, but it's still unclear if we're going to see that this season.
Dec 13 - 1:13 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points and grabbed a season-high 15 rebounds on Tuesday, making 6-of-7 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in 37 minutes vs. the Cavaliers.

JV has now double-doubled in two straight games for the first time this season, and he's playing at a different level than he had through the first few weeks of the season. Fantasy owners' patience is beginning to pay off and coach Dwane Casey has played JV more than 30 minutes in five of the past six games, which is a huge development for his value.
Dec 9 - 9:44 PM

Jonas Valanciunas had one of his best games of the season against the Nuggets on Monday with 18 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks in 31 minutes.

He set a season high with his four blocks and added his double-double since Nov. 24. Valanciunas has been inconsistent, but he is still posting top-80 value even before this game. His fantasy owners should just stay the course and look for him to come on strong late like he has in every season he's been in the NBA.
Dec 9 - 12:00 AM

Jonas Valanciunas managed just seven points, two rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes on Friday against the Cavs.

Valanciunas is a late mid-round play but he hasn't really earned his freedom in the rotation and it's unclear if he'll capitalize on the extra touches available following DeMar DeRozan's injury.
Dec 6 - 1:44 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points in Tuesday's win over the Kings, while adding eight rebounds, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes.

The best part about this line is that his minutes continue to trend upwards and he is only going to get better as he gains more confidence throughout the season. Valanciunas should also get more looks on the offensive end with DeMar DeRozan (groin) out of commission, so owners should expect big things from the young Lithuanian.
Dec 3 - 12:59 AM

Jonas Valanciunas made 10-of-11 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for a career-high 27 points against the Suns on Monday, adding 11 rebounds and one block in 32 minutes.

It was his best offensive showing in his career and all 11 of his shots came from within six feet. While he does have some nice touch, Valanciunas is certainly at his best when he's able to get shots at close range. Nights like these are why he's been so hyped and he's really starting to turn it on over his last five, averaging 16.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.4 blocks on 73.8 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the line. He's capable of a breakout this season.
Nov 25 - 12:02 AM

Jonas Valanciunas played 25 quiet minutes vs. the Cavaliers, scoring eight points with five rebounds and two blocks in a road win.

Toronto came in with the second-best scoring differential of any team in the league, scoring a very efficient 110.3 points per 100 possessions. Perhaps more impressively, they also boast the league's seventh-stingiest defense. JV has been a big part of that and he had two strong double-doubles in the past two games, so he gets a pass for this quiet outing.
Nov 22 - 11:03 PM

Jonas Valanciunas took advantage of the Raptors' massive 124-83 blowout win over the Bucks on Friday, scoring 18 points on 6-of-7 shooting (6-of-6 FTs) with 12 boards and one steal in just 21 minutes.

Like their Bucks counterparts, none of the Raptors are truly worth evaluating after a night like tonight. Terrence Ross scored 13 points with three triples, Kyle Lowry went for 20 and nine with five assists and three treys, and Lou Williams scored 22 points in 19 minutes off the bench.
Nov 21 - 11:05 PM

Jonas Valanciunas logged his second double-double of the season on Saturday with 17 points, 14 boards and two blocks in 34 minutes.

His minutes have been extremely low due to injuries and foul trouble, but coach Dwane Casey finally unleashed JV. Valanciunas will certainly have a lot of quiet games this season, but he is just too valuable in fantasy leagues because of his solid percentages and the potential in blocks.
Nov 15 - 11:24 PM

Coach Dwane Casey defended Jonas Valanciunas on Friday after the Lithuanian has once again come under intense scrutiny.

When asked about the low minutes Casey was defensive saying that "Jonas is where he needs to be right now. He is not a guy who is going to come in and dominate. We are not a post-up oriented team." This has to be frustrating for JV's owners and they are probably not too thrilled with how coach Casey has constantly benched him for missed assignments and matchup problems. However, we expect Valanciunas' minutes to rise as the season progresses and he is still a great buy-low candidate for his upside.
Source: Toronto Sun
Nov 15 - 10:02 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored eight points with eight boards, two assists and one block in 23 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

He shot 4-of-8 from the field in a low-end, three-category line. Valanciunas has done a decent job on contested boards, but he is still a little behind on defense and in being involved on offense. Considering how fantasy owners obsess over points, JV is a nice buy-low guy.
Nov 13 - 11:21 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Greivis Vasquez
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Lou Williams
3Landry Fields
SF1Terrence Ross
2James Johnson
PF1Amir Johnson
2Patrick Patterson
3Tyler Hansbrough
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Chuck Hayes
3Greg Stiemsma
4Lucas Nogueira