"Now is also the time to give him a taste of how the game is played. Because guys like Hibbert, the guys like (Brooklyn's Brook) Lopez ... He's our future, he's our foundation in the middle, so why not now? The other guys are mature enough and professional enough to understand it."
Instead of easing his way into the NBA like most young big men, especially those who didn't play NCAA ball, Valanciunas averaged 8.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and an impressive 1.8 blocked shots per game in 23.3 minutes in six pre-season contests.
Good to see Casey is going to give him as many minutes as possible. Best way for him to learn.
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