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Legends66NBA7 10-09-2012 06:53 PM

Jonas Valanciunas to make debut with Toronto Raptors on Thursday
 
http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2012/10/...preseason-2012

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Jonas Valanciunas, the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors, will make his NBA debut for the Raptors on Thursday night, according to the National Post's Eric Koreen. Valanciunas, a 7'0 center from Lithuania, will make his debut against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace at Auburn Hills.

Despite being drafted by the Raptors in 2011, Valanciunas had to wait a season before he could take a $2.5 million contract buyout from his European team, Lietuvos Rytas of the Lithuanian Basketball Federation (LKF). While playing for Rytas, Valanciunas averaged 10.8 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game while shooting 63.4% from the field, helping Rytas to third place in the Eurocup Tournament.

In LKF, Valanciunas helped Rytas to the championship in 2010. He is also a three-time LKF All-Star and a two-time LKF All-Star game MVP. Valanciunas was also named MVP of the Europe Under-16 Championship in 2009, Europe Under-18 Championship in 2010 and the World Under-19 Championship in 2011.

The "Jonas era" begins...

kmart 10-09-2012 07:23 PM

Re: Jonas Valanciunas to make debut with Toronto Raptors on Thursday
 
Pretty sure the Raps play Wednesday and Friday, regardless I'm excited for this. Lowry and Valanciunas are the 2 main reasons why I will be watching Raptor games this year.

RaininThrees 10-09-2012 11:19 PM

Re: Jonas Valanciunas to make debut with Toronto Raptors on Thursday
 
It'll be real interesting to see how he adapts to the softer NBA.

If I were Casey, I'd start him and have Aaron Gray or Amir on high alert to enter the game when he gets a couple quick ones.

Excited to see him play, though.

bokes15 10-09-2012 11:42 PM

Re: Jonas Valanciunas to make debut with Toronto Raptors on Thursday
 
^^ Yeah that's what i've been wanting as well. Who cares if we throw him in there and he gets into early foul trouble. We don't have the type of team where playing a young inexperienced rookie would have a negative impact. No point in easing him in. I mean I don't care how much he plays in the preseason but at least when the season starts.

kmart 10-09-2012 11:51 PM

Re: Jonas Valanciunas to make debut with Toronto Raptors on Thursday
 
He's probably the best option we can put at the 5, so there is no point taking his time away from him.

Sakkreth 10-10-2012 04:30 AM

Re: Jonas Valanciunas to make debut with Toronto Raptors on Thursday
 
I am predicting very slow start for him, but u shouldn't get too disappointed with that as i see him nearly at all-star or all-star level in 3years, and by then he's going to be only 23.

Beebo 10-13-2012 03:34 AM

Re: Jonas Valanciunas to make debut with Toronto Raptors on Thursday
 
JV, our savior. :bowdown:


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