Pregame With Valanciunas In Charlotte

Jonas Valanciunas belts out a little Johnny Cash, discusses his angry look, adjusting to small ball and more pregame in Charlotte.

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Valanciunas Eager To Build On Rookie Season

Jonas Valanciunas, shown here defending Minnesota centre Nikola Pekovic, will see plenty of contact this season.

 

The advice to Jonas Valanciunas from Rudy Gay is simple enough.

“I just tell him be himself,” Gay said. “Dominate.  Be the best big player on the court. Be the best big man on the court.

“Be the person we all know you can be and it‘ll be easy.”

Gay is wrong on one count. It won’t be easy.  Wrestling big men such as Indiana’s Roy Hibbert or the Nets’ Brook Lopez will never be easy.  Never mind that Valanciunas, a Lithuanian who did not play college ball in the U.S., has less experience […]

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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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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.

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Valanciunas Ready For His Sportsnet Close Up

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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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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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