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Old 06-28-2011, 11:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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NBA Playbook Jonas Valanciunas & Andrea Bargnani Can Work Defensively

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While doing my player comparisons for Basketball Prospectus, Kevin Peltonís player similarity scores showed us that Valanciunas compared most closely to Tyson Chandler. Funny enough, the man who just coached Chandler and will be coaching Valanciunas in the future saw the same things,

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While Raptor fans are probably rolling their eyes at me, because both Valanciunas and Bargnani have strengths and weaknesses right now defensively. Luckily for them, their strengths compliment each other well, and they should be able to hide each otherís weaknesses.

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Bargnani isnít going to block a lot of shots, but he is able to go straight up and use his length to contest shots without fouling (fouled opponents on the block just 7.6% of the time) by going straight up.

Where Bargnani struggles on the defensive end is recognition and help defense, and this is what makes him a poor defensive center. You saw it this postseason, you want your center to be able to recognize things quickly on the defensive end, identifying when they should help and when they should stay home. Andrea Bargnani was awful at that, and with him as the last line of defense, it destroys everything the Raptors are trying to do on the defensive end.

Luckily for Bargnani and the Raptors, Jonas Valanciunasí biggest strength right now is his help defense/being that last line of defense, blocking and bothering shots, but never really getting too far away from his man and being in position to defend him as well:


Many fans have pre-judged JV, certain (without having watched any games that he's played in) that he is another Bargnani. He is not.
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