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Old 07-24-2010, 05:24 PM   #1
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Default Jonas Valanciunas - possible top 5 pick

The 6'11" PF/C is only 18 years old from Lithuania and is projected as a top 5 pick in next year's draft should he declare.

He's currently playing in the U18 European championships and just had 18 points and 11 rebounds and kept his team undefeated. He's averaging 17 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks and shooting 80% from FT line and 56% from the field.

He played on an average team in Lithuania this past season and averaged 12 points (62% from the field; 75% FT), 8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in 24 minutes per game. He's considered a better prospect than Motiejunas so it'll in be interesting to see his development in the next year.


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Old 07-24-2010, 05:25 PM   #2
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Who does he compare to?
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Old 07-24-2010, 05:29 PM   #3
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Who does he compare to?


He excels at the pick and roll and triple threat position facing the basket. I'd say he's a less athletic (still a good athletic), longer, more defensive oriented Amar'e Stoudemire type player.
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Old 07-24-2010, 05:38 PM   #4
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He excels at the pick and roll and triple threat position facing the basket. I'd say he's a less athletic (still a good athletic), longer, more defensive oriented Amar'e Stoudemire type player.
once again you show your complete lack of knowledge about european guys...Valaciunas is nothing like Amare - he's traditional center with a nice touch and a feel for rebounds. He's also blessed with very long hands and has a knack for offensive put-backs. He's actually already a better NBA material than Motiejunas is.
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Old 07-24-2010, 05:44 PM   #5
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once again you show your complete lack of knowledge about european guys...Valaciunas is nothing like Amare - he's traditional center with a nice touch and a feel for rebounds. He's also blessed with very long hands and has a knack for offensive put-backs. He's actually already a better NBA material than Motiejunas is.

LMAO. Have you watched any of the games at the Euro championships? His offensive game is face up like Amare. He excels at using one or two dribbles to get to his spots and gets a lot of plays on the pick and roll.

Traditional center? GTFO.

Your posts about Motiejunas were about as inaccurate as I've seen.
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LMAO. Have you watched any of the games at the Euro championships? His offensive game is face up like Amare. He excels at using one or two dribbles to get to his spots and gets a lot of plays on the pick and roll.

Traditional center? GTFO.

Your posts about Motiejunas were about as inaccurate as I've seen.
LOL He's my compatriot dude - I've watched plenty of him last season in Rytas...sure, he's versatile enough to play a face-up game, but his best skills are rebounding and post-up moves. Stop spreading misinformation on these boards
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Old 07-24-2010, 05:57 PM   #7
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LOL He's my compatriot dude - I've watched plenty of him last season in Rytas...sure, he's versatile enough to play a face-up game, but his best skills are rebounding and post-up moves. Stop spreading misinformation on these boards

To say he's a traditional center is a joke. I don't care if you're Lithuanian and have seen him play a lot, doesn't mean much when you don't accurately describe his game. He's probably a 4 in the NBA anyway. He can't post up NBA big men, he's at his best facing up.

You lost all credibility when you said Ibaka wasn't good enough to make the Spanish NT.
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Old 07-24-2010, 05:57 PM   #8
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He should have moved to college league, like Enes Kanter did. No way he can be selected at top 5 picks, while playing in europe.
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So is Valanciunas actually a better prospect than Montiejunas? If so, how?
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:50 AM   #10
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Valanciunas exploded to the tune of 34 points/13 rebounds/4 blocks (14-16 from the field).

He's now averaging 21/10/3 for the tourney.

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Is he tougher than ernes kanter ???
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:16 AM   #12
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Is he tougher than ernes kanter ???
well, he's more athletic and faster - that's for sure...
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:17 AM   #13
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He looks great in U18, just unstoppable, and his team mates are giving him a lot of balls.
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:35 AM   #14
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So is Valanciunas actually a better prospect than Montiejunas? If so, how?
I have never seen him play, but after reading several reports on the guy he seems willing (and able) to play defense while Motiejunas doesn't. Hopefully i can catch this guy play a few games
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