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Jonas Valanciunas | Center | #17

Team: Toronto Raptors
Age / DOB:  (24) / 5/6/1992
Ht / Wt:  7'0' / 265
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (5) / TOR
Contract: view contract details

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Jonas Valancuiunas broke out of a slump on Thursday, hitting 9-of-15 shots for 20 points, 10 rebounds and a block in a 124-110 win over the Wolves.
Valanciunas hadn't scored more than six points in his previous four games, but got back on track tonight. The 20 points are the most for JV since way back on Nov. 20, when he had 23 points and 14 rebounds. He played 29 minutes tonight, despite picking up five fouls, and he'll try to keep it going on Friday against Al Horford and the Celtics. Dec 8 - 9:59 PM

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Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse admitted that the coaching staff is deciding Jonas Valanciunas' role on a nightly basis, depending on matchups and the flow of the game.

Head coach Dwane Casey said he'll "take the blame" for Valanciunas not being in a rhythm because he's "in and out of the lineup because of the matchup situations." According to Nurse, "We're trying to figure out while the game's going on what's going to give us the best chance to win. And sometimes it means it's not [Valanciunas or other players]." JV got off to a strong start this year but he's really struggled in a decreased role lately. Frustrated owners can either sell at a steep discount or stay patient until he regains his footing.
Dec 7 - 7:40 PM

Jonas Valanciunas hit just 1-of-8 shots for four points, 10 rebounds and zero blocks in Monday's 116-112 loss to the Cavaliers.

He's been awful lately, scoring no more than six points in any of his last four games. He was basically a double-double machine before then, so owners just have to hope he breaks out of his funk sooner than later. Patrick Patterson had 12 points, nine rebounds and three 3-pointers off the bench, but hit just 3-of-12 shots, and Lucas Nogueira had six points, three boards, a steal and a block in 15 minutes. JV has to bounce back soon, one would think.
Dec 5 - 10:36 PM

Jonas Valanciuans hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points, five rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in 21 minutes of Saturday's 128-84 blowout of the Hawks.

The Raptors have somehow won six straight games, most of them blowouts, despite Valanciunas scoring a total of 14 points in his last three games. He's bad right now, averaging just 7.6 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 0.8 blocks on 49 percent shooting over his last five. Patrick Patterson has been outplaying him during that stretch and Lucas Nogueira had 11 points, eight boards and three blocks on Saturday. You can't drop JV, so just hope he breaks out of his funk sooner than later.
Dec 3 - 11:33 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored six points with seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 24 minutes vs. the Lakers on Friday.

He had a dream matchup Friday, but didn't make the most of it. He hit 2-of-4 shots from the field and lost some minutes to an impressive Lucas Nogueira. J-Val has been quiet since he tweaked his ankle against Philly on Nov. 28 and he's been held to six points in two straight games. The Raptors know they need to get him going, so there's a lot of buy-low appeal here.
Dec 2 - 10:08 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (ankle) was quiet in 23 minutes during Wednesday's home victory, posting six points on 3-of-6 FGs with four rebounds, one steal, one block and four turnovers.

JV tweaked his ankle on Monday but it was never considered serious, and his owners can continue to start him with confidence. Tonight's quiet line was likely the result of exceptionally strong play from backup big men Patrick Patterson and Lucas Nogueira, and it shouldn't have lasting implications.
Nov 30 - 11:20 PM

Jonas Valanciunas tweaked his ankle on Monday night, but coach Dwane Casey says the ankle is "nothing to worry about."

Casey said that JV could have checked back into the game on Monday night and played on the ankle if needed. Good news for Valanciunas owners as Jonas should be ready to roll on Wednesday.
Nov 29 - 1:40 PM

Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled vs. the 76ers on Monday with 12 points and 11 rebounds, but he tweaked his left ankle and didn't return to the game.

He added two blocks and one steal in 22 minutes, shooting 6-of-12 from the field. J-Val went back to the locker room to get his ankle re-taped and he was available to return, but the Raptors built a comfortable lead and held him out as a precaution. This isn't the same ankle that he hurt in last season's playoffs and the injury is considered minor, but we'll keep him on the injury report to be safe. The Raptors take on the Grizzlies on Wednesday.
Nov 28 - 10:41 PM

Jonas Valanciunas (left ankle) is available to return on Monday vs. the 76ers.

He came down on Paskal Siakam's foot and rolled his left ankle, but he simply went to the locker room to get re-taped. For what it's worth, this is not the same ankle that he injured in the playoffs last season. The Raptors are running away with the game, so J-Val may not return as a precaution. We'll have an update after the game.
Nov 28 - 9:10 PM

Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and six boards in 31 minutes vs. the Bucks on Friday, hitting 6-of-11 shots without any assists, steals or blocks.

Milwaukee has been the most lenient team vs. centers this year, giving up the most rebounds, blocks and free throw attempts, while ranking third in points allowed. JV couldn't take advantage of the matchup tonight but he's still on a roll with double-digit points in nine consecutive games. The best news for fantasy owners might be that coach Dwane Casey isn't messing with his playing time -- he's averaging 33.2 minutes in Toronto's past five games.
Nov 25 - 10:37 PM

Jonas Valanciunas came up big during Wednesday's road victory, posting 15 points (6-of-10 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) with 16 rebounds, two assists and one block.

The Rockets are a below-average matchup for centers and they're giving up the second-fewest points to the position, which makes JV's strong double-double even more impressive. He did commit five turnovers but that's not something to be worried about -- through Toronto's first 14 games he was averaging a miserly 1.4 turnovers per game.
Nov 24 - 12:06 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 23 points, grabbed 14 boards and blocked two shots in 37 minutes against the Kings on Sunday.

Valanciunas has scored double-digit points in six straight games and has come down with at least eight rebounds in each of those contests. He's also played 30+ minutes in three of his last four games. His next game is on Wednesday against the Clippers, who have held their own against opposing centers, allowing the third-fewest rebounds per game to the position.
Nov 20 - 11:45 PM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 15 points with nine rebounds, one assist and one block in 37 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

Amazingly, he played the final 14:53 of this high-altitude game. The Raptors not having Lucas Nogueira (personal) may have helped him, but JV has looked better in his last three games. After some minor concern due to a knee contusion, Valanciunas is trending up again.
Nov 19 - 2:25 AM

Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and eight rebounds on Wednesday, making 6-of-6 field goals, but he only played 18 minutes due to matchup issues.

JV started the game on a tear, abusing Zaza Pachulia in the post, but the Warriors soon schemed him out of the game -- coach Dwane Casey admitted afterward that a steady diet of pick-and-rolls forced him to bench Valanciunas in favor of other defenders. Such is life for JV's owners, whose only solace is that few teams can match the Warriors' flexible personnel.
Nov 17 - 12:30 AM

Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 34 minutes vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

With Lucas Nogueira in early foul trouble, J-Val played 34 minutes for just the second time this season. After seeing just 21 and 22 minutes in his two previous games, J-Val gave his owners some relief after closing this game out for the Raptors after Nogueira closed out the previous two. J-Val is trending up again and could flirt with early-round value soon.
Nov 15 - 10:13 PM

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PF1Jared Sullinger
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C1Jonas Valanciunas
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