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Jonas Valanciunas | Center

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (23) / 5/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 240
College: None
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Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that the Raptors need Jonas Valanciunas for his size, but he hinted that he could continue to bench him late in games because the league is going smaller.
"The league is going smaller, but as long as the goal is at 10 feet, size is going to matter," Casey said. "You still got to have size. At the end of games, the trend is to go smaller. Threes are fours, fours are fives, and your roster has to fit that. Adding DeMarre [Carroll] gives us that flexibility. He can play some at the four, with [Luis] Scola or Patrick Patterson at the five. We're better equipped to play that way now than we were a year ago." Valanciunas only averaged 26.2 minutes per game last season, so it looks like his upside will continue to be capped until Casey finally decides to unleash him. Jul 18 - 12:47 PM

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Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said that Jonas Valanciunas is still a "huge part of our team."

"We can criticize Jonas all we want, and it’s a big discussion we’re going to have with coach and staff," Ujiri said. "How he was used and how he is used. Those guys are hard to find. You can scour around the world and try to find those Jonas, or big guys like that. It also takes time. We understand that. But we feel he got better and he got better at rim protecting, his feet got a little bit better. He got a little more confident in the post. He got better rebounding defensively. I think it’s gradual with big guys. It takes time and he’s going to be a big part of our building." Valanciunas only averaged 26.2 minutes per game this season (2 full minutes lower than the 2013-14 season), but it sounds like his role will start to increase, making him worth a mid-round selection in fantasy drafts in the 2015-16 season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 29 - 9:15 AM

The Toronto Raptors will reportedly explore an an extension with Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas will enter the fourth year of his rookie contract in 2015-16 and the Raptors have until October 31 to sign him to an extension. While the 22 year-old hasn't developed as as quickly as the Raptors would have liked, he's still a rare skilled big man and will likely be kept in the fold. While inconsistent, JV averaged 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks while shooting 57.2 percent from the field this season, so he's well worth a mid-round fantasy pick for the 2015-16 season.
Apr 28 - 9:55 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 18 points against the Hornets on Wednesday with five boards and one assist.

Surprisingly, he was the first player in Raptors history to start in more than 80 games in consecutive seasons. Valanciunas wasn't a big letdown this year on the whole, but his handful of nightmare games will draw some negative attention. He'll need to avoid those in the postseason.
Apr 15 - 10:13 PM

Jonas Valanciunas, who fouled out in 10 minutes on Saturday, finished Tuesday's 93-95 loss in Boston with 10 points (4-of-8 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

JV also committed four turnovers and four personal fouls in the loss. He'll need to clean up his foul trouble to improve his fantasy valuation next season, not to mention aid the Raptors' playoff chances -- the third-year player is averaging 3.8 fouls per 36 minutes.
Apr 14 - 10:40 PM

Jonas Valanciunas fouled out in 10 minutes against the Heat on Saturday, finishing with four points, three rebounds and one turnover.

He missed both attempts from the foul line, so this is probably his worst game of the season. The Raptors are off until Tuesday, so it's probably time to drop him for owners in daily season-long leagues.
Apr 11 - 9:35 PM

Jonas Valanciunas played 36 minutes against the Nets on Friday with 21 points, nine boards, one steal and one block.

It was an awesome game on the offensive side, but not so much on defense. Valanciunas should have more room to operate if Amir Johnson (ankle) is going to need to miss time. He should be a top-10 center going forward and possibly a top-30 guy overall thanks to a high upside. He's also very hot on offense with four straight games of at least 15 points.
Apr 4 - 12:54 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with nine rebounds, one steal and five blocks in Monday's win.

This is the type of line that tantalizes owners, as it shows how he can create a quick path to top-24 upside. Valanciunas has chipped away to top 40-50 value this season by staying in the lineup every night.
Mar 31 - 1:33 AM

Jonas Valanciunas made 8-of-12 from the field for 19 points with seven rebounds, one block and two turnovers against the Lakers on Friday.

He attempted the first five shots from the field for the Raptors tonight and was clearly part of the plan against a weaker frontcourt. His 19 points tonight were his highest since Mar. 4 and he made over 50 percent from the field for the first time since Mar. 18. Valanciunas will get the Rockets on Monday -- they are playing in the second half of a back-to-back set for that game.
Mar 28 - 1:28 AM

The Raptors beat the Knicks 106-89 on Sunday, led by Jonas Valanciunas' 17 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes.

The Knicks' lackluster frontcourt gets some credit for JV's solid double-double, but he's been heating up lately with averages of 13.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in his past five games. His fantasy owners are also soaking up his 66.7 percent shooting in March, which has helped him maintain mid-round value despite playing just 25 minutes per game.
Mar 22 - 6:49 PM

Jonas Valanciunas hit 7-of-9 shots for 15 points, 15 rebounds and a block in Wednesday's win.

He was also a +15 in the +/- category on the night, as 15s were the theme for JV. It's just too bad he wears 17 instead of 15 on his jersey. The minutes have been a bit up lately and Valanciunas is responding, racking up lines of 15-15-1, 14-12-2, and 14-9-1 over his last three games.
Mar 19 - 12:03 AM

Jonas Valanciunas (personal) returned from a one-game absence on Sunday vs. Portland, scoring 14 points with nine boards, one assist and one block in 22 minutes.

He missed Friday's game vs. the Heat because of the birth of his son, so it was good to see him back out on the floor. Head coach Dwane Casey is still limiting JV's upside by not playing him big minutes, but hopefully he turns him loose soon. Having said that, JV is still a must-start option in all leagues even with Casey keeping him on a tight leash.
Mar 15 - 10:33 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (wife had baby) will return to the starting lineup for Sunday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

Valanciunas' return will send Tyler Hansbrough back to the bench, and he can be cut in all leagues. Jonas will draw a tough matchup against Portland, but he's a must-start guy every time he's in uniform, so go ahead and get him active.
Mar 15 - 5:38 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (wife having baby) is expected to return to the starting lineup on Sunday vs. Portland.

Congrats are in order for Valanciunas and his family, and it will be great to see him back on the court for Sunday's game. With season averages of 12.0 points, 8.6 boards and 1.1 blocks, he belongs in all active lineups. Tyler Hansbrough will return to the bench, while Amir Johnson and Patrick Patterson will lose some touches on the offensive end.
Source: Toronto Sun
Mar 14 - 9:17 AM

Jonas Valanciunas (wife having baby) will not play on Friday against the Heat because of the birth of his son.

Jonas Jr. was born on Thursday night and the new father will be with his family. With Valanciunas out, Amir Johnson will likely play more center with Patrick Patterson likely to get more playing time. Tyler Hansbrough will also get in the rotation more. Two-Patt is the best bet for a big game thanks to a higher usage rate and how well he fits with the rest of the starters.
Mar 13 - 5:58 PM

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