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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 posted a 13-point, 16-board double-double during Sunday's win over the Kings, adding two assists, three blocks and one turnover in 27 minutes.
Valanciunas was able to earn minutes in the high-20s going up against Sacramento's more traditional frontcourt, and with Serge Ibaka (knee) unavailable, but consistent minutes is not a trend we'd expect to develop for any of the bigs playing under Dwane Casey in Toronto. JV is a talented player, but as long as he's playing for Casey in the Raptors' iso-heavy attack, he won't be much more than a late-round guy. Dec 17 - 6:43 PM

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Jonas Valanciunas scored 20 points with 11 rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Suns on Wednesday.

Make that three games in a row with a 3-pointer for the NBA's newest stretch five, and coach Dwane Casey talked about it before the game. "Offensively, he’s getting that three-ball what they call wet and ready to shoot," Casey said. "At some point in his career he’s going to be able to go out there and be a lethal threat for us and really space the floor." JV is as hot as he has been all year with a 23-15 game on Monday, so this may have created a brief sell-high window.
Dec 14 - 1:06 AM

Jonas Valanciunas hit 8-of-10 shots, a 3-pointer and 6-of-6 free throws for a season-high 23 points and 15 rebounds in 28 minutes of Monday's loss to the Clippers.

He also had 23 points in the season opener, but has been pretty quiet ever since. He hadn't scored more than nine points in his previous three games and it looked like Jakob Poeltl might be ready to challenge him for his job. Hopefully the Raptors figure out that he needs more minutes (tonight marked his most since Nov. 15) and turn him loose. Either way, despite his struggles, JV is too good to drop in any league.
Dec 12 - 1:05 AM

Jonas Valanciunas had nine points, eight rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 22 minutes on Sunday, while making 3-of-3 field goals including a 3-pointer.

Dwyane Casey said before the game that JV has put a lot of work into his 3-point shooting, and is taking them with confidence. It's no surprise that JV is trying to expand his range in today's NBA, but it's not helping his dwindling fantasy appeal. He's a combined 2-of-6 from deep this season, and hasn't played more than 22 minutes since mid-November. Even the loss of Lucas Nogueira (calf) hasn't improved JV's role.
Dec 10 - 6:37 PM

Jonas Valanciunas finished with eight points, eight rebounds and a blocked shot across 18 minutes in Friday's win at Memphis.

Valanciunas wasn't bad in this one, but he continues to see Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam challenge him for minutes. It doesn't help that Poeltl shoots well and gobbles up plenty of rebounds, while Siakam is efficient from the field and head coach Dwane Casey seems to prefer him to Valanciunas next to Serge Ibaka down the stretch. He remains a fantasy option for most, but the timeshare effect for JV is clearly not in his favor.
Dec 9 - 12:41 AM

Jonas Valanciunas played just 18 minutes on Tuesday and missed all five of his shots, finishing with four points, eight rebounds, two steals and zero blocks.

His minutes have been really down this season, so the 18 weren't too far out of the ordinary. He had scored in double digits in three straight games, but the Raps went small against the Suns tonight. Jakob Poeltl played very well in his 35 minutes tonight, and is coming on. The timeshare effect is not working in JV's favor, making him a tough center to rely on right now. Hopefully he pulls through and starts getting more minutes as the season progresses.
Dec 5 - 10:43 PM

Jonas Valanciunas posted 13 points with seven rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot with just one turnover across 21 minutes in Friday's win against Indiana.

Valanciunas was an effective 6-of-11 from the field, but Jakob Poeltl was on fire off the bench hitting 8-of-8 to post a career-high 18 points. The 7-footer from Lithuania has been solid over the past five games, hitting 25-of-44 (56.8 percent) from the floor to help fantasy owners.
Dec 1 - 11:28 PM

Jonas Valanciunas finished Wednesday's game with 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds and one turnover in 22 minutes.

It was a solid matchup for JV, going up against Dwight Howard, and he logged 22 minutes despite battling foul trouble. That shouldn't be cause for celebration, but it's his highest playing time in the past six games -- at this point, owners will take what they can get. Barring something unexpected, JV's playing time should continue to hover in the low-20s.
Nov 30 - 12:31 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 16 points with eight rebounds, two assists and four turnovers in 20 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

That's better. After the Raptors got rolled on Wednesday, Valanciunas did have to come off the bench in the second half. As long as the Raptors can win games, JV's role shouldn't change too much. He's still been underwhelming on the year, but he should be owned in standard leagues.
Nov 25 - 10:02 PM

Jonas Valanciunas will start vs. the Hawks on Saturday.

Valanciunas came off the bench after halftime on Friday, with Pascal Siakam taking his place, and he wound up playing just 14 minutes. It looks like that was just situational, however, and he badly needs a solid game against Dewayne Dedmon and the Hawks tonight.
Nov 25 - 6:45 PM

Jonas Valanciunas bottomed out with six points, five rebounds, three turnovers and nothing else in just 14 minutes of action on Friday in a loss to the Pacers.

Woof. Valanciunas took a seat in favor of Pascal Siakam to begin the second half, and JV has now played 20 or fewer minutes in six of Toronto's last seven outings. At this point, anyone expecting something drastically different than what we've seen needs to reexamine the evidence. So long as he's in Toronto, Valanciunas will not be worth the headache. We'll see how the Raptors play their hand on Saturday vs. Dewayne Dedmon and Atlanta.
Nov 24 - 11:21 PM

Jonas Valanciunas was benched for nearly the entire second half of action on Sunday, finishing with just four points, seven rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 17 minutes.

This was Valanciunas' second four-point stinker in a row, and as long as Dwane Casey is at the helm in Toronto, JV owners can expect plenty of games like this. To Casey's credit, Valanciunas was fairly abysmal on the defensive end, and after the Wizards got off to a quick 12-4 run to begin the second half of action, Valanciunas went to the bench and never touched the floor again. His minutes will be inconsistent throughout the year, making JV an annoying guy to own as long as he's in Toronto.
Nov 19 - 6:58 PM

Jonas Valanciunas matched his season-high 21 points with six rebounds, two assists, one block and five turnovers in 29 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

He's played extremely well on defense in his two games against the Pelicans, so that may explain the uptick. This was the first time all season Valanciunas hit double-digit scoring in consecutive games all year. He played just 20.0 minutes per game in his previous games this month, but he's been efficient as a scorer and on the glass. Maybe there's still a chance to buy low on him.
Nov 16 - 12:09 AM

Jonas Valanciunas came to life on Tuesday with 21 points and 10 rebounds, hitting 6-of-7 field goals (including a 3-pointer) and 8-of-10 free throws in 24 minutes.

It seems Valanciunas loves playing against the Bulls this season -- in the opener vs. Chicago, he poured in 23 points with 15 rebounds. He did allow Robin Lopez to shoot 91.0 percent from the field tonight, and his 24 minutes weren't great, but this is a step in the right direction. He'll get a day to rest before facing the Pelicans' dominant frontcourt on Thursday.
Nov 7 - 10:39 PM

Jonas Valanciunas was quiet in 19 minutes vs. the Wizards, making 3-of-4 shots for six points, three rebounds and two turnovers.

The Wizards have been stingy vs. centers this year, with opposing big men averaging just 1.2 blocks per 48 minutes, but JV hurt his own cause with foul trouble. It didn't help that Lucas Nogueira (six points, two rebounds, two blocks) looked great in the second half. Better days are ahead for Valanciunas, beginning Tuesday vs. the Bulls.
Nov 5 - 9:07 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Delon Wright
3Fred VanVleet
4Lorenzo Brown
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2C.J. Miles
SF1OG Anunoby
2Norman Powell
3Bruno Caboclo
4Malcolm Miller
PF1Serge Ibaka
2Pascal Siakam
3Alfonzo McKinnie
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Jakob Poeltl
3Lucas Nogueira