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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 appeared to turn his ankle in a friendly game against Croatia, but he was able to return.
He was reportedly yelling from the pain, but it sounds like Valanciunas dodged a bullet. Valanciunas was reportedly on the trade block last month and now he's likely going to lose minutes to Serge Ibaka and maybe even Jakob Poeltl. Aug 9 - 3:33 PM

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Masai Ujiri said he "believes" in Jonas Valanciunas' talent and the Raptors are not going to "give him away."

Valanciunas' name has cropped up quite a bit in trade rumors over the past few seasons, and Ujiri acknowledged during Tuesday's presser that they did look into moving JV when they were over the cap, but with the Raptors no longer facing a stiff luxury tax bill they are no longer actively shopping Valanciunas. In terms of fantasy hoops, remaining in Toronto isn't necessarily a good thing for JV, as Dwane Casey rarely allows his minutes to hit the 30-minute mark.
Jul 18 - 4:29 PM

The Raptors are looking into moving Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 23 pick, according to Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet.

General manager Masai Ujiri talked about a culture change, so don't be surprised to see the Raptors shake things up. Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey have been concerned with Valanciunas not dominating in the paint enough, so they may be looking to go a different direction. Plus, Serge Ibaka isn't much of a power forward anymore, so that could be a factor if they keep him. They also have Jakob Poeltl for some depth.
Jun 22 - 6:54 PM

Jonas Valanciunas didn't do much during the Raptors' Game 4 loss to the Cavs on Sunday, finishing with just eight points, five rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 25 minutes.

Overall, it was another disappointing season for Valanciunas who again wasn’t able to average 30 minutes a night due to Dwane Casey’s concern with JV’s effort on defense. He ended his season with averages of 12.0 points, 9.5 boards and a career-low 0.8 blocks per contest on 55.7 percent shooting. As long as Casey is at the helm in Toronto, it's unlikely that Valanciunas will ever average 30 minutes a night.
May 7 - 6:22 PM

Jonas Valanciunas moved into the starting lineup against the Cavs on Friday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds and one turnover in 33 minutes.

He did pick up some extra buckets in garbage time to buoy his stat line and he did play the final six minutes of this blowout. Valanciunas did look better than expected and really nobody else on the Raptors besides DeMar DeRozan was a consistent offensive threat. He'll probably get another start in Game 4 on Sunday, so he'll be a DFS play.
May 5 - 9:41 PM

Jonas Valanciunas is starting over Patrick Patterson for Game 3 on Friday.

It's an interesting move, but it likely has a lot to do with JV's 23 points in Game 2. Valanciunas has also played much better next to Kyle Lowry, so maybe that's a sign Lowry will be able to get minutes.
May 5 - 7:03 PM

Jonas Valanciunas shifted to a bench role on Wednesday, scoring 23 points on 10-of-13 FGs and 3-of-5 FTs, adding five rebounds in just 20 minutes of action.

Valanciunas had a plus/minus rating of -21 in 21 minutes during Game 1, so this move wasn't a complete surprise. Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that his team needed to "manufacture points" and he opted for a small starting lineup tonight that included Patrick Patterson and Norman Powell. JV wound up scoring in bunches, but he was forced to defend Channing Frye with the second unit, giving up nearly as many points as he scored. The Raptors have more questions than answers at this point, but they'll at least benefit from a raucous home crowd in Game 3.
May 3 - 10:04 PM

Dwane Casey is reportedly considering sending both Jonas Valanciunas and DeMarre Carroll to the bench for Wednesday's Game 2 matchup with the Cavs.

Valanciunas and Carroll combined for just nine points in Toronto's Game 1 loss to the Cavs, so it wouldn't be all that surprising to see these guys sent to the bench for Game 2. Should Casey opt to make the lineup change, he'll likely bring Norman Powell and Jakob Poeltl into the starting five. "We have to score points," said Casey. "We have to manufacture points and not get our dobber down if the other team scores." Toronto is averaging just 95.4 points a game this postseason, which is the worst average amongst active teams, and down from their regular-season average of 106.8.
Source: Sports Net
May 3 - 12:44 PM

Jonas Valanciunas moved back into the starting lineup in Monday's Game 1 loss to Cleveland, finishing with six points (3-of-7 FGs), six rebounds and one block in 21 minutes.

If he's not looking for his shot or rebounding at a high level, J-Val isn't very effective and that was the case tonight. Raptors coach Dwane Casey has said many times that J-Val won't play much if he's not dominating when he's out there, so it looks like his minutes could be held in check in Round 2 just like they were against the Bucks. Don't be surprised if he comes off the bench again at some point in this series.
May 1 - 9:30 PM

Jonas Valanciunas will return to the starting lineup for Monday's Game 1 vs. the Cavs, sending Norman Powell back to the bench, according to Raptors' reporter Doug Smith.

Powell was brought into the starting five during Toronto's first-round series to better matchup with Milwaukee, but Dwane Casey will go back to his normal starting five of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll, Serge Ibaka and Valanciunas to go up against Cleveland's more traditional frontcourt. It'll be interesting to see how many minutes Powell gets with the second unit tonight.

Jonas Valanciunas said he is content coming off the bench as long as the Raptors keep winning.

Toronto got a big boost during their first round matchup with Milwaukee when they replaced Valanciunas with Norman Powell in the starting lineup. Down 2-1 at the time, the Raps went on to win three straight games and close out the series in six, thanks in part to Powell's strong play. "I’m good. I don’t feel bad if I don’t start," said Valanciunas. "I’ve just got to do my job. As long as we’re winning — I’ve been saying that a long time — as long as we’re winning I’m OK." It will be interesting to see if coach Dwane Casey sticks with the same starting five vs. Cleveland.
Apr 29 - 10:11 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored six points with five rebounds, one assist and no fouls in 17 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday.

He played 9.7 minutes in the first quarter, but disappeared after that with no points in the final three frames and only 2.1 minutes in the fourth quarter. Moving forward, Valanciunas averaged a double-double against the Cavs during his 26.5 minutes per game over the four outings, so maybe he can earn more run in that series. He did not log any minutes next to Serge Ibaka in any of the final three games of this series, so that's not a great sign.
Apr 27 - 10:33 PM

Jonas Valanciunas moved to the bench against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, one steal and four turnovers in 22 minutes.

He was a straight backup five man and didn't log any minutes next to Serge Ibaka in this game. The Ibaka-JV lineups were crushed on the defensive end in the first three games with a 130.6 defensive rating, so coach Dwane Casey completely dropped it and it worked out in this win. Valanciunas is likely looking at around 20 minutes again in Game 5 on Monday.
Apr 22 - 5:58 PM

Norman Powell will indeed get the start and Jonas Valanciunas will come off the bench in Game 4 on Saturday.

Today's starting lineup for the Raptors has not played together yet, so we're headed for a new frontier. Coach Dwane Casey is going to try to outscore the Bucks and live with Giannis Antetokounmpo having an advantage on the offensive side. JV's minutes may drop below 20 in this game, so he's a tough DFS player to trust.
Apr 22 - 2:55 PM

Jonas Valanciunas came off the bench in the second half against the Bucks during a Game 3 loss on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, seven rebounds and two turnovers in 20 minutes.

If the Raptors didn't get blown out in the first half, chances are JV would've started in the second half. Still, he's only sitting at 22.0 minutes per game in these three 2017 playoff outings. This is a mild surprise after Valanciunas was fantastic before his injury in the 2016 playoffs. He'll probably be in the low 20s again on Saturday.
Apr 20 - 10:55 PM