Jonas Valanciunas

Jonas Valanciunas (TOR) – “JV” nike

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TORCenter: 7’0, 255 lbs; 6th year, Lithuania

NBA Role: skilled offensive pivot • Star UnderDOG

Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto’s ‘man in the middle,’ still hasn’t reached his full potential; strong offensive player: opens up well on faceups, backs down aggressively, has soft hands – Jonas isn’t an above the rim finisher but likes eluding his defender before dropping in layups & hooks; top-10 fake man? – rises on his tiptoes (JV fools ya cause he never jumps on his normal shot), catches bigs off guard; great option for Kyle Lowry in the PnR: Valanciunas catches everything, finishes well; has gotten better on defense but struggles to contend w/ shooting bigs, has difficulty closing out; injury prone; primed to breakthrough w/ an increased role – for TOR to contend, JV must maintain a high level of aggression during the flow of games & adopt a mean streak on defense

DOG Status: Star UnderDOG

Signature Shot: hard-driving layup

(*factory setting*) NBA 2K17 Rating: 82


Couple DOG Facts:

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  • Career: 11.5 points/game, 8.5 rebounds/game, 1.1 blocks/game, 56% FG
  • Avg. career-high 12.8 points/game (2015-16)
  • NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2013)