Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 3 days ago1 Comment

Valanciunas has been working this offseason to add a face-up element to his offensive game, the Toronto Sun reports.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 4 weeks ago

Valanciunas sat out Wednesday's Eurobasket game against Estonia with an illness, the Eurobasket official site reports.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 4 weeks ago

Valanciunas (groin) returned to international competition after suffering a groin injury last month and has averaged 19.7 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block in 27 minutes per game in three contests with Team Lithuania at EuroBasket 2015.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 2 months ago

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas signed a four-year, $64 million contract extension Thursday, according to Yahoo Sports. The 23-year-old Valanciunas appears set to assume a larger role after averaging more than 11 points and eight rebounds per game for the Raptors in each of the last two seasons. The fifth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Valanciunas set career highs with a 57.2 field-goal percentage, 12.0 points and 1.2 blocks per game last season, but he averaged only 26.2 minutes per game. Despite word over the summer from coach Dwayne Casey that he may bench Valanciunas late in games this season in favor of Patrick Patterson and Luis Scola, Valanciunas will presumably see his role increase while being paid $16 million per year. Valanciunas suffered a minor groin strain in exhibition action for Team Lithuania last week, but it is not expected to limit him by the time the NBA season begins this fall.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 2 months ago

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas suffered a minor groin injury while playing an exhibition game with the Lithuanian national team on Wednesday, according to Valanciunas, who sustained the injury when he slipped under the basket, dismissed the severity of the injury and is not expected to miss a significant amount of time.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 3 months ago

Valanciunas is working with former NBA player Jack Sikma this offseason, the Toronto Sun reports.

Valanciunas has rededicated himself to eating healthier and honing his offensive skills with seven-time All-Star Sikma. Though he hasn't lost much weight, the Lithuanian center is noticeably toned. His playing time underwent a drastic decline in his third season even though he ranked second in field goal percentage (57 percent) among qualifiers. With Amir Johnson joining the Celtics, Valanciunas will battle Bismack Biyombo for precious center minutes, but given coach Dwane Casey's commitment to defense, Valanciunas appears destined for a similar treatment heading into the final year of his rookie contract.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 4 months ago

Valanciunas averaged 12.0 points (57% FG, 0% 3Pt, 79% FT), 8.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 26 minutes per game during 80 regular season games.

In four postseason games versus the Wizards Valanciunas contributed 11.3 points (50% FG, 0% 3Pt, 88% FT), 9.3 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 27 minutes per game. Raptors' GM Masai Ujiri said following their playoff elimination he believes Valanciunas can still be a force in the NBA, and it's possible he'll sign a contract extension as early as this offseason. If not, the 23-year-old center from Lithuania will become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2016.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 5 months ago

Valanciunas posted a double-double in Tuesday's loss to Washington with 15 points and 10 rebounds over 29 minutes. He added one assist, one steal, and one block in the contest.

Valanciunas had a bigger role Tuesday than he did in Game 1 where he played 24 minutes, but wasn't on the court for much of the fourth quarter or overtime. He got the most playing time among Toronto's front court players Tuesday and it paid off with a double-double. The minutes distribution for Toronto's big men tends to be unpredictable, which makes it difficult to tell if Valanciunas will get the same amount of playing time in Game 3

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 6 months ago

Valanciunas scored 21 points (9-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 3-5 FT) with nine rebounds in 36 minutes in the loss to the Nets on Friday.

Valanciunas was limited to 19 minutes in the win over Minnesota on Wednesday, but still scored 15 points. Over his last five games, he has averaged 15.6 points on 63.5 percent from the field with 8.2 rebounds.

Jonas Valanciunas C TOR 6 months ago

Valanciunas had 17 points (6-12 FG, 5-5 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes Sunday against the Knicks.

Valanciunas had a solid outing against a horrible Knicks frontcourt, and the double-double was his third in his last four outings. While he has played well as of late, the expectations for Valanciunas should still be kept in moderation, as he does have the potential to go out and put up unimpressive numbers.