June 22, 2011 by staff
Jonas Valanciunas, The 6’11 “Lithuania is a guy who will be GM because he could be, not that he is today. Terminates well around the rim and has great hands, but it operates almost exclusively through the pick-and- roll and has a very limited set of offensive skills with the ball in his hands. Valanciunas shows virtually no jump shot and some one-on-one post moves with his club this season and his turnover rate has to improve. He rebounds the ball at a very efficient and very good to put your body in the right place at the right time, but will have to get much bigger to keep your account in the NBA. However, the foundation is there for a technical to develop a center Valanciunas very nice.
Valanciunas playing for Lietuvos Rytas in Lithuania, which is about 15 minutes per game. Despite limited minutes in his club, has excelled when given the chance. Valanciunas led Lithuania to the gold medal in the Under-16 and U-18 European Championship with an average of a double double in both. Despite being only 18 at the time, who scored 18 points and 10 rebounds and was named MVP of the All-Star Game of your league this year.
The big question about his contract situation is Valanciunas with Rytas, a problem that the teams were expected to be resolved by draft day. Now it seems that teams would have to spend more than $ 3 million and the purchase of his contract, so a season or two in Lithuania seem likely. Club collection in the first four or five can now be much less likely that the big man on Thursday night could end up knowing that Ricky Rubio situation. Valanciunas expect to get taken in the second half of the lottery as a result. Strengths-Very good finisher around the rim. Choose the good and the player rolls. Active rebounder who plays with great energy. Has the size and length to be an elite shot blocker. Added a lot of muscle in the last year. Dominated U-18 and U-16 competitions and Enes Kanter did as FIBA?? Under-18 Championship MVP. Play with a lot of energy on offense and defense. Developing a decent midrange shot. Marksman from the free throw (almost 90% in Lithuania). Soft to touch and big hands, especially around the edge. Play hard and physical. A good passer, moving the ball well on offense. Good defensive position.
Weaknesses His club contract presents an obstacle to teams that need help now. His offensive game is limited almost exclusively to finish around the basket. Rarely messages to her man, never throws the ball for more than 10 feet out. FUMBLES about a third of the time you receive an entry pass in the low post. It has a tendency to get in foul trouble. You need to add more bulk to be a top-flight center in the league. That stands in the selection and scrolls, but their selections are called fouls in the NBA. He rarely puts the ball on the floor to beat his man but has a shot that gives the ball quickly. It is not strong enough to hit shots on defense, despite a good position. It is not particularly sporty and could be worse, because it adds weight to your body. Not a good shot blocker yet.
Valanciunas general situation of contact has changed the way it is being evaluated for this project. Their purchasing expensive means is likely to remain abroad for a year or two, an effort that some of GM, especially those who have to win now to keep their jobs, are unwilling to undertake. Still, rumor has it that the Bucks at # 10 and # 11 Warriors are willing to wait, which makes sense considering the upcoming season could very well be shortened due to a lockout. While Valanciunas has a lot of areas that need improvement, which has good experience under his belt for a child 19 years and has proven to be an elite player. If he can add size and develop a low post game that could be a Tyson Chandler and Pau Gasol at center. One or two years abroad could do well, especially for a team that is willing to wait. Do not be surprised at all if the Spurs Tony Parker, trade and the selection of 29 to Kings Omri Casspi and 7 # collect and use it to take Valanciunas.
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