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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: $14,382,023
Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas was sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a left knee contusion. Valanciunas injured his knee during the week and suffered some pre-game swelling, according to a team official. He’s averaging 11 rebounds and 13.8 points this season, scoring a career-high 32 points and grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds in the season-opener versus the Detroit Pistons.
Storyline: Jonas Valanciunas Injury
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Valanciunas, the burly Lithuanian and expected Cavs’ pick, went one spot later, No. 5 overall to the Toronto Raptors. “It’s only a surprise if you didn’t watch the workouts,” Thompson said following Thursday’s practice before heading to Toronto. “If you ask ownership and coach (Byron) Scott and CG (Former GM Chris Grant) and even Griff (General Manager David Griffin), if you watched the workouts, there’s some other guys in that workout that probably shouldn’t have went in the pick they went, but, we won’t get into that. It was not a surprise.”
It will come as a surprise to no one who knows anything about Dwane Casey, that the Raptors coach’s wish list begins with defence and pretty much ends there. “For me, defensively, I have said this before, he has to continue to improve with his pick-and-roll defence and rim protection. All the things you want your big man to do,” Casey said. “JV can score. I don’t know if our offence is constituted for the him to get as many touches. We will probably have to do that more to get more points in the post. But mainly for him to take the next step for us is on the defensive end.”