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Jonas Valanciunas | Center

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (22) / 5/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 257
College: None
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Jonas Valanciunas finished his FIBA World Cup on a high note in a loss to France on Saturday, scoring 25 points with nine rebounds and no turnovers on 8-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line.
The Lithuanian team didn’t play him big minutes in the early going, but the 22-year-old center was just too good to keep on the bench in this tournament. Valanciunas has been outstanding down the stretch in each of his last two seasons, but some slow starts have kept his draft value a bit low. There’s a chance he puts it all together in his third year and is well worthy of a mid-round pick. Sep 13 - 2:24 PM

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Jonas Valanciunas made 11-of-13 from the line against Team USA on Thursday, scoring a total of 15 points with seven boards, one steal and no turnovers.

He didn't have any offensive boards, but it was still an encouraging game for the Raptor. Valanciunas was a little frustrated late in the game because he wasn't getting the ball, but USA seemed to have a game plan to keep him in check. He's improved his draft stock and is worth a mid-round pick in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 11 - 5:17 PM

Jonas Valanciunas racked up 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, and one block in Lithuania's 73-61 win over Turkey on Tuesday.

Valanciunas has been impressive in leading Lithuania to the semi-finals of the FIBA World Cup of Basketball as they'll now await the winner of the U.S.-Slovenia game. The 22-year-old averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks during the 2013-14 NBA season and should easily return value on a mid-round fantasy pick in 2014-15.
Sep 9 - 1:30 PM

Jonas Valanciunas has been working on his low post game and free throw shooting this summer.

"That’s my strength," Jonas said about his post game. "I need to perform in the low post, like a big man, trying to help my team by scoring in the low post." Jonas has been working a lot on his hook shot, and he hopes the time spent working this summer will put him ahead of the curve when the season begins, saying, "I’m going to come back to Toronto ready for the season." Jonas has a fantasy-friendly game in that he doesn't hurt you in any one area. He averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks last season last year, while shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 76.2 percent from the charity stripe. It would be nice if he could improve on his shot blocking, but with those numbers as his floor, he still warrants a mid-round selection.
Sep 8 - 6:35 PM

Jonas Valaciunas powered Lithuania to a win over New Zealand, scoring 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds and three blocks.

Valaciunas was impressive in the win, asserting himself down low and scoring efficiently. He is coming off a season in which he averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks. Hopefully he'll be able to take another step forward during his third NBA season, but with those numbers being his floor, he'll be a safe mid-round selection in standard leagues.
Sep 7 - 12:03 PM

Drunk driving charges against Jonas Valanciunas have been dropped.

Valanciunas was charged in April after police alleged that he drove through a drive-thru restaurant in Wasaga Beach with open bottles in plain view. The Crown advised the court on Tuesday that there was "not a reasonable prospect of conviction" in pursing charges against Valanciunas."We're pleased that the crown reassessed the case and accepted our position," Valanciunas' lawyer, Melanie Webb, told reporters. The 22-year-old is coming off a 2013-14 season during which he averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 boards, and 0.9 blocks while shooting 53.1% from the field and should be a solid mid-round pick in fantasy drafts this fall.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 15 - 12:21 PM

Jonas Valanciunas confirmed he will work out with Hakeem Olajuwon this summer.

This is a popular move among big men and a report from 2012 stated the cost of the camp is about $50,000 per week. Valanciunas' offense made some nice strides in his second season with a decent arsenal of go-to moves. In fact, he shot 59.3 percent on all hook shots, 52.9 percent on turnaround jumpers and was also solid around the rim, making 62.8 percent of all shots in the restricted area. He started slow in 2013-14, but he'll have a lot of buzz heading into drafts next year thanks to second-round value in standard leagues over the last month of the season.
May 7 - 2:40 PM

Jonas Valanciunas admitted that he barely slept on Saturday and was emotionally spent for Game 7, during which he scored only three points on 1-of-5 shooting.

"I have to learn how to deal with pressure, how to be able to help a team," the 21-year-old said after Toronto's defeat. "I’ve got to do better job of controlling my head. So, that’s the next step, next year. I’m going to play better next time." JV's rookie-scale contract will pay him a guaranteed $3.7 million next season, and he won't hit restricted free agency until the summer of 2016.
Source: Toronto Sun
May 5 - 11:14 AM

Jonas Valanciunas struggled with foul trouble on Sunday and finished Game 4 vs. the Nets with six points, six rebounds and two blocks in a postseason-low 23 minutes of action.

Valanciunas' limited playing time allowed Patrick Patterson (nine points, nine rebounds) to log 32 minutes off the bench. Toronto began the third quarter 1-of-16 from the field but they weathered the storm thanks to an early lead and some terrific defense in the second half, resulting in an 87-79 road victory.
Apr 27 - 10:07 PM

Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled against the Nets on Friday with 10 points, 10 boards and two blocks.

He had a noticeable limp in the fourth quarter and there has been no word as to what bothered him. Valanciunas figures to be fine and tonight's injury didn't cost him any playing time. We'll let you know if he misses practice or the team reveals any info before Game 4 on Sunday.
Apr 25 - 10:26 PM

Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points, 14 rebounds, zero blocks and five turnovers in Tuesday's Game 2 100-95 win over the Nets.

The Nets are a great matchup for JV since they don't really have a true center to speak of and he's playing very well. Kyle Lowry added 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists on 4-of-11 shooting, and Terrence Ross struggled again, hitting just 1-of-8 shots for two points. Given the fact that only DeMar DeRozan really showed up tonight, the Raptors have to be feeling great about getting this win and tying up the series at 1-1.
Apr 22 - 10:27 PM

Jonas Valanciunas set a new Raptors' postseason record with 18 rebounds in Saturday's tough home loss to the Nets, while scoring 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting.

Valanciunas added two assists and two blocks. He turned the ball over six times but the Raptors wouldn't have stood a chance without his activity in the paint. JV's playing time and production have steadily increased since the All-Star break and he'll need to have a great series for Toronto to overcome their early 0-1 deficit.
Apr 19 - 3:43 PM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that his team's versatility will be "huge" in their first-round matchup vs. the Nets, who have found success with Paul Pierce starting at PF.

Jonas Valanciunas and Amir Johnson will start in the backcourt, with Patrick Patterson as the first big man off the bench, but the distribution of playing time will be a game-by-game decision. "If we stay big we've got to really pound the boards and take advantage of it if they stay small," Casey said. "But at the same time they're such a lethal three-point shooting team ... if we're getting killed with three-point shooting then we'll have to make some adjustments."
Apr 19 - 10:24 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points during Sunday's 116-107 win over the Pistons with eight boards, one assist and one steal.

Just like last year, he's really coming on strong to finish the season. In his previous April games, Valanciunas averaged 18.8 points, 12.2 boards, 1.2 blocks and 0.4 steals on 60.0 percent from the field. He's probably going to have a lot of hype next year even after a mildly disappointing season.
Apr 13 - 6:38 PM

Jonas Valanciunas grabbed a career-high 21 boards vs. the Knicks on Friday during a 108-100 loss, adding 14 points, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

It's his third consecutive double-double and he continues to stay extremely hot to close out his second season. In his previous 10 games, Valanciunas averaged 15.9 points, 9.7 boards, 0.9 blocks and 0.4 steals on a pristine 63.7 percent from the field. He's also getting to the line a lot more and is one of the best centers to own for the last week of the season in standard leagues.
Apr 11 - 10:50 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Kyle Lowry
2Greivis Vasquez
3Will Cherry
SG1DeMar DeRozan
2Lou Williams
3Landry Fields
4Jordan Hamilton
SF1Terrence Ross
2James Johnson
PF1Amir Johnson
2Patrick Patterson
3Tyler Hansbrough
4Bruno Caboclo
C1Jonas Valanciunas
2Chuck Hayes