Valanciunas Named NBA Summer League MVP

We called for it in our Raptors NBA Summer League wrap up and it looks like the league was thinking the same way.

Congrats to Jonas Valanciunas for being named to the All-NBA Summer League Team AND earning NBA Summer League MVP honours!

Jonas Valanciunas has been named #NBASummerLeague MVP! He averaged 18.8 PTS (56.1% FG%), 10.0 REBS over 4 games for @Raptors

— NBA (@NBA) July 23, 2013


All-#NBASummerLeague Team: @KentBazemore20, GSW Jeff Taylor, CHA @_John_Henson_ , MIL Jonas Valanciunas, TOR @CodyZeller, CHA

— NBA (@NBA) July 23, 2013


Congrats JV! MVP MVP MVP! #Raptors

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Checking Out With The Raptors From Las Vegas

Thoughts after a wrapping up with the Raptors at another NBA Summer League experience in Las Vegas….

- This isn’t exactly an original sentiment and I fully acknowledge that it means nothing in the grand scheme, but Jonas Valanciunas was certainly Raptors MVP at NBA Summer League, should make the All-Tournament Team and deserves serious consideration for Summer League MVP.  [EDIT: Done and DONE!]

We’ve mentioned his noticeable development in terms of size and skill. Now bring on EuroBasket 2013, where the competition should ramp up considerably.

Acy Takes Aim

- Quincy Acy will always ...

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Valanciunas Out For Quarters At NBA Summer League

Jonas Valanciunas reviews video with Raptors assistant coach Bill Bayno after Friday’s practice at UNLV.

If the Raptors advance to the semis of the inaugural NBA Summer League Championship tournament, they’ll have to do it without Jonas Valanciunas.

Immediately prior to Saturday’s quarter-final matchup with the Phoenix Suns, the Raptors announced that Valanciunas sustained a sprained left index finger in Thursday’s game vs. Denver.

According to Raptors President of Basketball Operations and GM Masai Ujiri, the injury is not considered serious and Valanciunas is considered day-to-day.

Of course by sitting Valanciunas — quite ...

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Quincy Acy’s Flex Appeal

Quincy Acy flexing in a pretty great moment in Tuesday’s Summer League win over the Kings (via @QuincyAcy via @stackmack on Instagram).

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Raptors Move On To Knockout Round At NBA Summer League

What you see above is the result of seeding for the knockout round of the NBA’s inaugural Summer League Championship bracket. Here’s how it shakes out for the Raptors:

- As a result of their 2-1 record through the preliminary round, the Raptors found themselves among the top half of the 22 teams here in Las Vegas.

- The second tiebreaker however, is quarters “won” in the preliminary round. The Raptors outscored opponents in eight of 12 quarters through their first three games — good enough to get them the sixth seed ...

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Valanciunas Ready For His Sportsnet Close Up


Jonas Valanciunas took some time out during an afternoon off in Las Vegas (where he’s been feasting on NBA Summer League opponents like it’s the buffet at the Bellagio) to take part in a photo shoot for Sportsnet Magazine’s upcoming NBA Preview edition.

Keep an eye out for that profile piece on Valanciunas this fall. In the meantime, we put BlackBerry’s Story Maker to work and the results are below.

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Hansbrough Comes To Add Teeth To Raptors’ Defence

Tyler Hansbrough

What is a vice in an opponent is a virtue in a teammate.

Take power forward Tyler Hansbrough, a free agent signee unveiled by the Raptors on Monday.

The six-foot-nine, 27-year-old Hansbrough is already famous in Toronto, albeit for the wrong reason. His over-the-top throwdown of rookie Jonas Valanciunas last season was a YouTube staple.

Over four years in Indiana, Hansbrough distinguished himself largely on the number of bodies he could bring to the ground and the number of the times someone else did likewise. Last season he averaged about 17 minutes for ...

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Valanciunas Leads Raptors To 82-76 Win Over Spurs In SL


Box Score | Photos | Video: T-Ross’ Reverse Slam & More Highlights

Jonas Valanciunas scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 82-76 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in the final game of the third day of action at NBA Summer League 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada — Las Vegas.

San Antonio put up a fight down the stretch in the fourth, cutting the Raptors once-12 point lead to as few as two points, 78-76, with under ...

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Valanciunas Dominates In Summer League Debut

The only thing capable of stopping Jonas Valanciunas in his NBA Summer League debut might have been fatigue.

Valanciunas was a huge bright spot in an 81-72 Raptors loss to the Heat that didn’t really feel all that close when the final buzzer sounded at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The 21-year-old came out of the gates with a ton of aggression and dominated inside on his way to a game-high 23 points to go with seven rebounds (three offensive).

Raptors fans should be familiar with ...

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NBA Summer League Preview: Raptors vs. Heat

The Raptors face the Heat in the 2013 NBA Summer League debut tonight at the UNLV campus. Here’s the latest from post-shootaround…

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