Could JV be the Raps first energy player to warrant playing big minutes?

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Old 02-13-2013, 10:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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It is absurdly early in Jonas Valanciunas’s career, made even earlier by the 18 games he missed with a broken bone in his finger. Every discussion about the amiable centre must begin with that preface.

With that in mind, a question emerges that has very little to do with basketball itself, and yet everything to do with it: Just how popular can Valanciunas become in Toronto?

Since Friday night’s surprise win for Toronto in Indianapolis, there has been a clip making the rounds on the Internet that showed Valanciunas maniacally trying to deny a Pacers inbound play, his arms and legs flailing. In that game, Valanciunas got the Raptors five or six extra possessions by either collecting offensive rebounds or drawing a loose-ball foul while crashing the glass. Against a defensive-minded team like Indiana, extra possessions are, to borrow a phrase from Minnesota general manager David Kahn by way of the Bible, like manna from heaven.

In his first start since December, Valanciunas posted his second-career double-double on Sunday against New Orleans.

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Now, there is a certain requirement for becoming an enduring fan favourite that is only partially in Valanciunas’s control: The Raptors must be good, and that has been a rarity during the course of the franchise’s history. However, Valanciunas’s energy level calls to mind past Air Canada Centre darlings such as Jerome Williams and Reggie Evans. His overall contribution, however, could eventually dwarf theirs if he meets his potential.

Valanciunas’s serviceable jumper, his ability to set screens and his defensive acumen — the latter has been the biggest disappointment with the rookie this year, although it was almost to be expected given his transition to the NBA game — could make him a player known for his energy that actually merits playing 35 minutes per night. The Raptors have never had such a player.
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JV is the future..... he's even a little gangsta like Primoz...... Charlie Murphy!
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JV is really good, whenever hes on the court we're just a way better team.
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Still couldn't believe he was benched for most of the 4th Q last night.

He just looks like he's becoming an anchor, slowly but surely.
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the thing that gets me really pumped about JV is that he's still a baby. the guy is what 21 years old?!?
his potential is limitless! i cant wait to see his rise in the next 2-3 years.
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Still couldn't believe he was benched for most of the 4th Q last night.

He just looks like he's becoming an anchor, slowly but surely.
I didn't get it either. If it weren't for Anderson making shots we would have lost for sure.
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i really think val's ceiling is 15-18 ppg and 10-11 rebounds per game.

his team defense is the weakest part of his game right now, it looks like he hasn't adjusted to the speed of the NBA game yet. it will come though.
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i really think val's ceiling is 15-18 ppg and 10-11 rebounds per game.

his team defense is the weakest part of his game right now, it looks like he hasn't adjusted to the speed of the NBA game yet. it will come though.
I actually think he can average 22-10 in 3-4 years
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I didn't get it either. If it weren't for Anderson making shots we would have lost for sure.
Give Lucas some props homeboy!
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I actually think he can average 22-10 in 3-4 years
that's a tall order...but i hope so!

he needs to get bigger. he was getting worn down before his injury, and i think his time off allowed him to recover and get back to banging. long-term though he'll need to get bigger, because i don't think we want him to rely on broken bones to recover from the NBA grind haha.
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Old 02-13-2013, 12:25 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I'm so impressed with his offensive game this year. I just wish he could have seen more mins at this point in the season.
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his team defense is the weakest part of his game right now, it looks like he hasn't adjusted to the speed of the NBA game yet. it will come though.
He is a true center, and with the way he moves I think he's going to get bigger and bigger. I think speed will always be an issue given the direction of the NBA led by versatile players like LBJ, Melo and Durant who can all finish games at the 4.

Valanciunas I think, can either be a consistant starter and rotation guy - but if he's going to be a pillar on the Raptors squad and consistently finish games out he's going to need to develop an offensive game to punish teams with his size.
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It's pretty hard to be a high-energy guy AND play extended minutes, especially for a centre. But if his physique allows him to develop such stamina to sustain playing like that for 82 games (plus, hopefully, the post-season) - sky is the limit. Because the talent is definitely there, with some skills to boot.
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Still couldn't believe he was benched for most of the 4th Q last night.

He just looks like he's becoming an anchor, slowly but surely.
One thing though is his size. He seems smaller than nearly every player he guards. Yes he's young, but do you see him bulking, or see him staying with this body type? ala Rik Smits--with whom I see comparrison.
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He has excellent hands/a soft touch for a big and boundless enthusiasm - I'm hoping he can work hard and turn that drive to succeed into consistent nightly production.
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Old 02-13-2013, 06:15 PM   #17 (permalink)
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yeah, JV man. he hit freethrows lasnight with no worries
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that's a tall order...but i hope so!

he needs to get bigger. he was getting worn down before his injury, and i think his time off allowed him to recover and get back to banging. long-term though he'll need to get bigger, because i don't think we want him to rely on broken bones to recover from the NBA grind haha.
Well he spends his summer playing for the national team. I remember exactly the same thing at the start of the last season: he didn't look at his best. But when matches became more important and he got a few days rest, he started rolling once again.
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the thing that gets me really pumped about JV is that he's still a baby. the guy is what 21 years old?!?
his potential is limitless! i cant wait to see his rise in the next 2-3 years.
He's 21 in May.
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JV is one of the guys that get to other bigs, gets in there head

pycho T and now chandler have given him some cheap shots
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