Jonas Has Landed

A great photo of Jonas Valanciunas upon his arrival to Toronto, courtesy of Jeff Landicho. Raptors training camp opens in 16 days….

 

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Q & A With Alex Rucker – Pt. 1

Alex Rucker offers quantitative analytical support to the Raptors coaching staff and front office. (Ron Turenne/NBAE)

The opportunity to sit and chat with Raptors Director of Analytics Alex Rucker is one I’ve been looking forward to for a while. Advanced stats isn’t a topic we’ve heard a lot about with relation to the Raptors over the years and Rucker has been a big part of its recent growth within the organization.

I met him inside the Raptors front office headquarters at ACC recently to talk tweets, trends, summer transactions and a how ...

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Checking In During The Dog Days….

The dog days of summer may officially be here, but that doesn’t mean the Raptors aren’t making news.

From a league perspective, Raptors rookies Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross and Quincy Acy all took part in the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program, which was followed by this year’s edition of the Rookie Photo Shoot.

Just click on Valanciunas looking like he’s about to posterize Mother Nature below to see all the photos of your newest Raptors.

 

DeRozan Recap At The Drew

As the rookies anticipate their first taste of NBA action, DeMar DeRozan is preparing to ...

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Lithuania Heading To Summer Games…

Lithuania grabbed one of the final three spots at the London 2012 Olympics with a 109-83 semifinal win over the Domincan Republic on Saturday and a pair of Raptors figured prominently in the victory.

First up is Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors’ fifth overall selection from 2011 who is expected to join the Raptors this fall. Valanciunas may not have had his finest three-game stretch building up to the final match (including some persistent foul trouble), but he saved his best for last with a potent 17-point, seven-rebound performance against the Dominican ...

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Valanciunas, Kleiza Head To Houston With Lithuanian Team

It’s been all draft all the time the last couple of weeks, but let’s not forget about what a big summer of international basketball it’s going to be for some Raptors. Andrea Bargnani will not be a part of the Italian team aiming to qualify for the next EuroBasket tournament, but Jose Calderon will play a key role in Spain’s quest for gold at the Olympic Games and DeMar DeRozan gets a taste of the international stage with the U.S. Select Team.

But keep an eye on Lithuania, where both Linas ...

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More Accolades For Valanciunas

 

We’ve had an excellent snapshot of Jonas Valanciunas thanks to the NBA TV Canada special “Centred” (which you can still see online ), but the big man is still finishing off regular-season play overseas and recently received some recognition from a couple of the leagues where his club team, Lietuvos Rytas, competes.

First up, is a poll on the official site of the VTB United League, where Lietuvos Rytas plays against some of the other top teams from Eastern and Northern Europe. When fans were asked who their choice was for ...

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Ask Jack: March 16, 2012

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Jack Armstrong has answers to more of your recent Raptors questions.

We’ll be asking Jack more of your questions very soon. Submit them below or vote other ones up and down and he’ll answer a few every week. Don’t forget to include your name with your question so Jack can personalize his response to you.

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A Longer Look At “Centred: The Jonas Valanciunas Story”

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One of the best parts of this job is working with any material that’s shot and produced by my colleagues Jeff Rocchi and Jeff Landicho.

If you follow @Raptors on Twitter, you probably noticed some re-tweets courtesy of Landicho (aka @NBAXL) from Lithuania recently, where the Jeffs were working on an new NBA TV Canada special taking a closer look at Raptors 2011 first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas.

From there, we received brief promos and most recently, a title, release date and your first look at a lengthy clip from the special above.

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Jonas Watch: Clowning Around…

Big thanks to @SMazalas who sent along more on the latest unique look for Raptors first-round pick Jonas Valanciunas pictured below, which he wore in support of Red Nose Day on a Lithuanian news broadcast.

“To be honest, I hadn’t heard about the Red Nose Day before, but I really liked the idea. It’s really nice to know that you can help the kids,” Valanciunas told LithuaniaBasketball.com. “It was fun. I’ll be back here in some twenty years.”

 

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A Unique Back-To-Back For Valanciunas

Jonas Watch continues with a weekend that’s featured more impressive play from the Raptors draft pick and a look at a different side of the 19-year-old.

Friday was all business, as Valanciunas led the way for Lietuvos Rytas with 18 points and seven rebounds in an 85-67 Lithuanian league win over Pieno zvaigzdes. May you geek out as much as I did at his ability to run the floor at the 1:50 mark of the highlights below.

The LKL then held its All-Star Day today (no lengthy break here), where Valanciunas captured ...

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