Valanciunas named summer league MVP
Old 07-22-2013, 11:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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#Raptors #RTZ RT @nba: Jonas Valanciunas named #NBASummerLeague MVP! Averaged 18.8 PTS (56.1% FG%), 10.0 REBS over 4 games for @Raptors



Also saw this earlier.............

http://www.lasvegasnvblog.com/2013/0...r-league-team/

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C — — Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors: No other player here looked to have the - breakout potential of the - 21-year-old Lithuanian center, who is entering his 2nd season. Valanciunas dominated smaller, weaker competition in the - post, yet he moreover displayed a versatile offensive game complete with a nice passing touch, textbook pump fakes & the - ability to complete with both hands. He ranked in the - top five in scoring (18.8 points) & rebounding (10.0) & played savvy, consistent interior defense. The fifth pick in the - 2011 draft received our unofficial vote for summer-league MVP.

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Old 07-22-2013, 11:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:15 PM   #3 (permalink)
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All NBASummerLeague Team:

Kent Bazemore, GSW

Jeff Taylor, CHA

John Henson, MIL

Jonas Valanciunas, TOR

Cody Zeller, CHA


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Old 07-22-2013, 11:57 PM   #4 (permalink)
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We would have won the championship if JV was playing. Oh well, next year guys.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:03 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Pretty impressive play from JV. I know it's just summer league, but I'm excited to see how he fares this season. This should be an interesting year in raptorland.
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:08 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Nice to hear, even if it is just summer league this is probably the best accomplishment anyone of our players has ever had
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:20 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Why wasn't Drummond on the team? Because he stopped playing?
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:24 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Because he didn't play ...
Think he was mvp of the orlando league
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:47 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Nice to hear, even if it is just summer league this is probably the best accomplishment anyone of our players has ever had
there was this guy Vince Carter..
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:09 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Casey PAY ATTENTION AND PUT THIS PLAYER ON THE COURT for 4th quarter FFS
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Old 07-23-2013, 03:58 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Casey PAY ATTENTION AND PUT THIS PLAYER ON THE COURT for 4th quarter FFS
: Nah I'm liking Gray and AA playing for JV and Ross.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:07 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:13 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Novak is our guy. He spreads the floor.
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Old 07-23-2013, 04:55 AM   #14 (permalink)
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he is the only guy in summer league that looked like a starter in the nba

congrats to Jonas

cant wait to see the season start
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Nice to hear, even if it is just summer league this is probably the best accomplishment anyone of our players has ever had
Not even the best for Jonas.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:33 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Why wasn't Drummond on the team? Because he stopped playing?
The Pistons played in the Orlando summer league. Raptors and Valanciunas in the Las Vegas summer league.
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Novak is our guy. He spreads the floor.
He can guard Luke Walton too.
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:37 AM   #18 (permalink)
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At 21 years old, that's quite a trophy case he has. Let's hope he adds a Euro 2013 MVP to that this summer. The team is definitely good enough to compete for a spot in the finals.
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:01 PM   #19 (permalink)
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It's summer league, so everything needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Big time summer league performers don't correlate too well with big time NBA performers.

With that said, more important than his solid numbers (19/10) were his improved skillset (unstoppable 1-on-1 vs weak summer league defenders, great free throw shooting, much improved strength and physique) which have a better chance to translate to the NBA. I'm impressed - Valanciunas is showing the big improvement he needs to to continue on his very promising trajectory (he could be a better, more complete version of Tyson Chandler).
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He can guard Luke Walton too.
We still don't have anybody to guard Nate Robinson. The ultimate trump card.
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