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Old 01-04-2012, 08:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Were pretty excited about obviously what he was able to accomplish this past summer, says Colangelo. Now hes playing back in the league. His team did not qualify for the Euroleague, they did qualify for the Eurocup competition. Hes done very well. I think early on he suffered a minor setback with a calf injury but, it just limited some of his playing time, but weve very excited obviously about what his potential is and about where he is as a player and where hes coming. I think he was a little burned out just from the repeated competition, the back-to-back world championship under nineteen, to the Euro championship and it was something that he had to recover from, emotionally and physically, but I think he is a very bright spot on our future horizon. As you look at him potentially being a cornerstone five in this league, hes got a chance were not going to anoint him anything hes got a chance to be special. Now its up to us to make sure we take the necessary steps and preparation for him to come into the league next year, healthy, ready to go, understanding the concepts and principles. Theres work being done to establish that foundation now in preparation for next year.

Sounds a lot like the Raptors as a team, doesnt it? They have a lot of work to do, and next year is expected to be the year when they make radical improvements. A full year under Dwane Casey will help, the addition of Valančiūnas will help even more, and having another decent draft pick in next summer very deep NBA draft will be the icing on the cake. Even so, the Raptors have made measurable improvements already through just five games, so the darkest times seem to be behind them.
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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You can take all best Lithuanian's big guys to Torronto Raptors: Kleiza, Valanciunas, Motiejunas, Jankunas etc. and start play Lithuanian school, team basketball
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Old 01-05-2012, 04:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ive been desparately craving some sort of concrete comparison for this kid. I realize comps are very baised and often ill informed, but I would love it if, someone who's seen/read things about Val could give us some indication as to what we are to expect. I mean what to expect, other than an skinny, athletic, center.
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Ive been desparately craving some sort of concrete comparison for this kid. I realize comps are very baised and often ill informed, but I would love it if, someone who's seen/read things about Val could give us some indication as to what we are to expect. I mean what to expect, other than an skinny, athletic, center.
Taller Noah who can make free throws.
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Old 01-06-2012, 02:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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To me, he's a young Marcus Camby.
Long, tall, can be a great defender with focus on challenging shots in the post, can hit a pull up, loves to cut and dunk.

Defensively, right now he's an extreme version of Camby. All about challenging shots at expense of box outs and space. But it will likely even out a little once he's in the NBA.
Where I think Jonas could be much better than Camby is toughness when defending Howards and Bynums and the like.
Jonas is tough. He needs strength but he embraces contact even when the odds aren't in his favor. Idk if I'd call Camby tough. He's a bit of flash over substance. Not very physical. Jonas could be.
Hopefully he also develops more of a back to the basket game than Camby. And hopefully he'll be more consistent offensively than Camby, especially when it comes to jumpers.
But that's all hopes, he's not there yet.
Right now, he's very much young Camby.

And tbh, I don't think he'll ever be similar to Noah defensively. Noah is so smart and good when it comes to owning space, and he can also defend a lot of perimeter players very well for a 5. I don't think Jonas will be above average in those areas.
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