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Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas
Position: C
Born: 05/06/92
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:231 lbs. / 104.8 kg.
Salary: $15,460,675
He trusts his centers. He thinks the offense runs better with them. “They are such good screeners,” he says. “They help our motion. We aren’t as discombobulated.” He is delightfully adamant about the playoff utility of a full bench. “I’m still looking for the manual that says you have to play eight guys,” he says. “Until someone shows me otherwise, we gotta be who we are.”
7 days ago via ESPN
The Jonas Valanciunas-from-deep experience still needs some fine-tuning. Although he will occasionally step into some three-pointers, he still needs reassurance from the defender that his attempted will not be contested. Before Valanciunas let loose with his third three-pointer of the evening, he waited for Portland centre Jusuf Nurkic to literally turn his back to him before shooting. Valanciunas drilled it, en route to the Raptors’ 130-105 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. Here is the thing, though: Valanciunas stepping out beyond the arc is not even the most surprising aspect of the Raptors’ three-point attack. (The Raptors got up 40 three-pointers on Friday, and 99 attempts from the floor in total.)
“Oh, the 10, for sure, DeMar, easily,” Raptors guard Fred VanVleet said when asked if Valanciunas’s four three-point attempts or DeRozan’s 10 came with bigger sticker shock. “We’d seen JV shoot them last year. He thought about it a lot. You could tell he was on the verge of doing it. For him to get four is pretty modest. DeMar, so set in his ways to be one of the best mid-range guys the league has seen in a long time, for him to shoot 10 times from three is a big jump from last year.”
Theoretically, if Jonas Valanciunas continues to hit at this rate — 46.8 per cent — defences are going to have to start at least pretending to guard Valanciunas from that range. Theoretically. “They still go under (screens) on me on three-pointers,” DeMar DeRozan said. “Can’t really be surprised about nothing no more. … Not complaining at all. Not at all.” “It’s funny, because I think coach Scott Brooks (Thursday) with the Wizards was yelling at his guys that he can shoot,” Kyle Lowry added. “So I think teams are gonna start to pick up on it a little bit more and now he’s gonna have to make plays from that position sometimes.”