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Jonas Valanciunas

26-Year-Old        Toronto Raptors

2017-18 NBA Stats

PTS

12.7

REB

8.6

AST

1.1

STL

0.4

BLK

0.9

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

It was a relatively disappointing 2016-17 campaign for Valanciunas, as he didn't quite have the statistical jump that was envisioned following the departure of Bismack Biyombo to the Magic. Valanciunas ended up averaging nearly identical minutes per game with 25.8, while add...

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HT: 7' 0"   WT: 255 lbs   DOB: 5/6/1992  College: Lithuania   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #5 Overall in 2011   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a four-year, $64 million contract extension with the Raptors in August of 2015.

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Valanciunas totaled 18 points (7-14 FG, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 16 minutes during Monday's 128-93 loss to the Cavaliers.

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Jonas Valanciunas NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2012-13 20 TOR 62 23.9 8.9 6.0 0.7 0.3 1.3 0.0 55.7 78.9 1.5 2.0 4.0 0.0 0.0 3.3 5.9 2.4 3.0
2013-14 21 TOR 81 28.2 11.3 8.8 0.7 0.3 0.9 0.0 53.1 76.2 1.7 2.8 6.0 0.0 0.0 4.4 8.3 2.4 3.2
2014-15 22 TOR 80 26.2 12.0 8.7 0.5 0.4 1.2 0.0 57.2 78.6 1.4 2.7 6.0 0.0 0.0 4.7 8.2 2.7 3.5
2015-16 23 TOR 60 26.0 12.8 9.1 0.7 0.4 1.3 0.0 56.5 76.1 1.4 3.1 6.1 0.0 0.0 5.1 8.9 2.7 3.6
2016-17 24 TOR 80 25.8 12.0 9.5 0.7 0.5 0.8 0.0 55.7 81.1 1.3 2.8 6.7 0.0 50.0 4.9 8.8 2.2 2.7
2017-18 25 TOR 77 22.4 12.7 8.6 1.1 0.4 0.9 0.4 56.8 80.6 1.5 2.4 6.2 1.0 40.5 5.1 8.9 2.2 2.7
2017-18 Projections 26 TOR 78 24.5 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Jonas Valanciunas

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Jonas Valanciunas NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 5 Games 5 25.6 15.8 12.2 1.2 0.2 1.8 0.0 49.2 81.0 2.0 4.4 7.8 0.4 0.0 6.2 12.6 3.4 4.2
Last 10 Games 10 24.4 14.6 10.5 1.2 0.4 1.5 0.2 54.2 82.4 1.9 3.0 7.5 0.5 40.0 5.8 10.7 2.8 3.4
Last 20 Games 20 23.0 14.7 9.6 0.9 0.3 1.3 0.3 56.6 82.8 1.6 2.7 6.9 1.0 31.6 6.0 10.6 2.4 2.9

 

2017-18 NBA Game Log   Jonas Valanciunas
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
May 7 @CLE 128-93 16 18 5 2 0 3 1 7 14 4 6 0 0 3 2 2
May 5 @CLE 105-103 20 10 11 0 0 2 4 3 6 4 4 0 0 3 8 3
May 3 CLE 110-128 27 16 12 2 0 1 1 8 11 0 0 0 1 2 10 2
May 1 CLE 112-113 34 21 21 2 0 1 3 7 19 7 9 0 1 8 13 3
Apr 27 @WAS 92-102 31 14 12 0 1 2 1 6 13 2 2 0 0 6 6 3
Apr 25 WAS 108-98 32 14 13 2 1 2 0 5 13 4 4 0 0 4 9 1
Apr 22 @WAS 106-98 15 11 3 0 0 1 3 4 6 3 3 0 0 1 2 3
Apr 20 @WAS 122-103 23 14 5 1 2 0 2 6 8 1 1 1 1 2 3 2
Apr 17 WAS 130-119 23 19 14 1 0 2 3 8 11 2 3 1 2 1 13 2
Apr 14 WAS 114-106 23 9 9 2 0 1 1 4 6 1 2 0 0 0 9 1
Apr 11 @MIA 116-109 24 12 7 2 0 3 2 5 9 2 2 0 2 0 7 1
Apr 9 @DET 98-108 25 25 9 0 0 0 1 11 13 2 2 1 1 3 6 2
Apr 8 ORL 112-101 Did Not Play
Apr 6 IND 92-73 22 8 12 0 0 1 1 3 7 2 3 0 0 2 10 2
Apr 4 BOS 96-78 13 4 5 0 0 0 1 2 8 0 0 0 2 3 2 2
Apr 3 @CLE 112-106 22 17 10 1 0 0 1 8 15 1 1 0 1 4 6 0
Mar 31 @BOS 110-99 25 13 11 0 0 1 0 6 12 1 2 0 1 5 6 1
Mar 27 DEN 114-110 23 15 7 0 0 4 2 6 10 3 4 0 1 1 6 2
Mar 25 LAC 106-117 20 16 10 1 1 1 1 7 11 1 1 1 1 2 8 4
Mar 23 BKN 116-112 21 23 8 0 0 0 3 8 14 6 6 1 4 2 6 4
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Mar 21 @CLE 132-129 20 15 8 2 0 1 1 6 6 2 3 1 1 2 6 1
Mar 20 @ORL 86-93 19 9 8 2 1 1 1 4 8 1 4 0 2 1 7 1
Mar 18 OKC 125-132 22 10 2 2 0 0 3 5 7 0 0 0 0 1 1 5
Mar 16 DAL 122-115 23 21 12 1 0 1 1 7 9 7 8 0 0 4 8 3
Mar 15 @IND 99-106 27 16 18 2 0 4 1 5 13 5 5 1 1 8 10 2
Mar 13 @BKN 102-116 27 26 14 1 0 1 1 12 20 2 5 0 1 4 10 1
Mar 11 @NYK 106-132 22 17 9 2 0 0 1 4 6 9 10 0 0 2 7 2
Mar 9 HOU 108-105 28 14 10 3 2 1 3 5 8 4 4 0 0 4 6 4
Mar 7 @DET 119-121 31 14 11 3 2 3 2 6 14 1 1 1 4 3 8 1
Mar 6 ATL 106-90 26 15 7 2 0 2 2 4 11 7 8 0 2 2 5 2
Mar 4 CHA 103-98 30 18 13 0 1 2 4 8 15 0 0 2 3 4 9 2
Mar 2 @WAS 95-102 19 12 4 0 0 0 2 5 6 1 4 1 1 2 2 3
Feb 28 @ORL 104-117 20 10 5 1 0 1 2 4 6 1 2 1 2 0 5 3
Feb 26 DET 123-94 22 2 5 1 1 1 2 1 6 0 0 0 2 1 4 1
Feb 23 MIL 119-122 31 10 8 3 0 0 1 5 7 0 0 0 0 2 6 3
Feb 14 @CHI 98-122 23 14 9 1 0 2 2 7 9 0 0 0 1 1 8 2
Feb 13 MIA 115-112 30 6 10 1 1 1 2 2 4 2 2 0 0 1 9 2
Feb 11 @CHA 103-123 24 21 9 2 1 1 0 9 14 1 4 2 2 1 8 2
Feb 8 NYK 113-88 24 18 10 2 2 1 1 7 12 2 4 2 3 6 4 2
Feb 6 BOS 111-91 21 2 7 1 1 1 1 1 8 0 0 0 2 1 6 3
Feb 4 MEM 101-86 24 12 9 3 0 1 1 5 8 1 2 1 2 2 7 2
Feb 2 POR 130-105 24 18 8 2 0 1 1 7 15 2 2 2 4 4 4 3
Feb 1 @WAS 122-119 29 17 6 3 0 0 2 7 8 1 2 2 2 1 5 3
Jan 30 MIN 109-104 29 18 11 1 1 0 1 8 12 2 2 0 1 3 8 1
Jan 28 LAL 123-111 24 13 10 2 0 0 2 6 9 0 0 1 1 3 7 3
Jan 26 UTA 93-97 27 28 14 2 1 4 1 12 16 2 2 2 2 5 9 5
Jan 24 @ATL 93-108 24 16 13 3 1 3 1 7 14 2 3 0 1 4 9 3
Jan 20 @MIN 115-109 11 0 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4
Jan 19 SAS 86-83 30 15 11 0 1 0 3 7 10 0 0 1 1 4 7 4
Jan 17 DET 96-91 27 17 16 3 0 1 4 5 12 6 6 1 2 2 14 4
Jan 15 @PHI 117-111 14 8 5 1 0 0 2 4 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
Jan 13 GSW 125-127 26 12 9 3 0 0 3 3 8 6 6 0 0 3 6 0
Jan 11 CLE 133-99 19 15 18 1 0 0 3 6 9 3 4 0 1 6 12 4
Jan 9 MIA 89-90 21 8 3 0 0 2 0 4 8 0 0 0 1 1 2 1
Jan 8 @BKN 113-114 26 21 13 1 0 1 1 9 15 2 4 1 2 1 12 3
Jan 5 @MIL 110-129 17 20 13 1 0 1 0 8 9 4 5 0 0 3 10 2
Jan 3 @CHI 115-124 18 0 4 0 0 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Jan 1 MIL 131-127 16 6 5 0 0 0 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 0 5 1
Dec 29 ATL 111-98 22 13 11 0 1 2 2 5 12 2 2 1 2 6 5 4
Dec 27 @OKC 124-107 20 16 2 0 0 1 1 7 9 2 2 0 1 1 1 3
Dec 26 @DAL 98-93 25 17 11 1 1 0 1 5 11 7 9 0 0 4 7 5
Dec 23 PHI 102-86 24 12 6 1 0 0 2 4 7 4 5 0 0 2 4 3
Dec 21 @PHI 109-114 16 2 5 1 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
Dec 20 @CHA 111-129 16 4 7 0 2 1 0 2 6 0 0 0 1 1 6 4
Dec 17 SAC 108-93 27 13 15 2 0 3 1 3 10 7 8 0 1 7 8 1
Dec 15 BKN 120-87 22 14 5 0 0 2 1 7 11 0 0 0 1 0 5 0
Dec 13 @PHO 109-115 30 20 11 0 1 0 1 7 12 5 8 1 1 0 11 4
Dec 11 @LAC 96-91 28 23 15 0 0 0 0 8 10 6 6 1 1 1 14 3
Dec 10 @SAC 87-102 22 9 8 0 1 0 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 7 1
Dec 8 @MEM 107-116 18 8 8 0 0 1 0 3 5 2 2 0 0 4 4 3
Dec 5 PHO 126-113 18 4 8 0 2 0 2 0 5 4 4 0 0 3 5 1
Dec 1 IND 120-115 21 13 7 1 0 1 1 6 11 1 1 0 0 3 4 2
Nov 29 CHA 126-113 22 12 7 0 0 0 1 6 12 0 0 0 1 6 1 5
Nov 25 @ATL 78-112 20 16 8 2 0 0 4 7 9 2 2 0 1 4 4 2
Nov 24 @IND 107-104 14 6 5 0 0 0 3 2 4 2 2 0 0 2 3 2
Nov 22 @NYK 108-100 18 8 6 1 0 3 3 4 8 0 0 0 0 3 3 2
Nov 19 WAS 100-91 17 4 7 1 0 2 0 2 7 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
Nov 17 NYK 107-84 19 4 5 1 0 1 1 2 6 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Nov 15 @NOP 116-125 29 21 6 2 0 1 5 6 8 9 9 0 0 1 5 4
Nov 14 @HOU 113-129 17 12 7 1 0 0 2 5 9 2 2 0 0 3 4 2
Nov 12 @BOS 95-94 18 6 3 0 0 0 1 3 4 0 0 0 1 0 3 3
Nov 9 NOP 122-118 27 7 13 2 1 0 0 3 9 1 2 0 0 1 12 4
Nov 7 CHI 119-114 24 21 10 0 0 0 2 6 7 8 10 1 1 1 9 2
Nov 5 WAS 96-107 19 6 3 0 0 0 2 3 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 5
Nov 3 @UTA 100-109 21 6 8 0 1 2 1 2 5 2 2 0 0 0 8 6
Nov 1 @DEN 129-111 14 8 5 0 0 0 0 4 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 3
Oct 30 @POR 85-99 Did Not Play
Oct 27 @LAL 92-101 Did Not Play
Oct 25 @GSW 117-112 Did Not Play
Oct 23 @SAS 101-97 Did Not Play
Oct 21 PHI 128-94 15 5 4 0 0 0 0 2 4 1 2 0 0 0 4 2
Oct 19 CHI 117-100 30 23 15 2 2 0 1 9 17 5 6 0 1 8 7 4
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2.  Serge Ibaka

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4.  Chris Boucher

Toronto Raptors

True Shooting Percentage

62.8%

True Shooting % in 2017-18

In 2017-18, Jonas Valanciunas has a true shooting percentage of 62.8%.

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Jonas Valanciunas NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2012-13 20 TOR 62 36.0 13.5 9.0 1.1 0.4 1.9 0.0 55.7 78.9 2.3 2.9 6.1 0.0 0.0 5.0 8.9 3.5 4.5
2013-14 21 TOR 81 36.0 14.5 11.3 0.9 0.4 1.1 0.0 53.1 76.2 2.1 3.6 7.7 0.0 0.0 5.7 10.7 3.1 4.1
2014-15 22 TOR 80 36.0 16.5 11.9 0.7 0.6 1.6 0.0 57.2 78.6 1.9 3.7 8.2 0.0 0.0 6.4 11.2 3.7 4.7
2015-16 23 TOR 60 36.0 17.8 12.6 1.0 0.6 1.8 0.0 56.5 76.1 2.0 4.3 8.4 0.0 0.0 7.0 12.4 3.7 4.9
2016-17 24 TOR 80 36.0 16.7 13.2 1.0 0.6 1.1 0.0 55.7 81.1 1.8 3.9 9.3 0.0 50.0 6.8 12.2 3.1 3.8
2017-18 25 TOR 77 36.0 20.4 13.8 1.7 0.6 1.4 0.6 56.8 80.6 2.4 3.8 9.9 1.5 40.5 8.1 14.3 3.5 4.4
2017-18 Projections 26 TOR 78 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Jonas Valanciunas

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Jonas Valanciunas NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2012-13 20 TOR 62 1482 554 372 45 17 78 0 55.7 78.9 94 121 251 0 0.0 204 366 146 185
2013-14 21 TOR 81 2282 916 714 57 24 71 0 53.1 76.2 136 226 488 1 0.0 359 676 198 260
2014-15 22 TOR 80 2096 963 693 39 33 95 0 57.2 78.6 109 215 478 1 0.0 373 652 217 276
2015-16 23 TOR 60 1557 768 547 42 25 80 0 56.5 76.1 85 184 363 0 0.0 303 536 162 213
2016-17 24 TOR 80 2066 959 759 57 37 63 1 55.7 81.1 106 226 533 2 50.0 391 702 176 217
2017-18 25 TOR 77 1727 980 660 81 29 69 30 56.8 80.6 115 183 477 74 40.5 390 687 170 211
2017-18 Projections 26 TOR 78 1911 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 projections for Jonas Valanciunas

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Jonas Valanciunas NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2012-13 20 TOR 62 23.9 61.9 55.7 7.7 16.0 0.5 12.4
2013-14 21 TOR 81 28.2 57.9 53.1 5.8 13.8 0.4 15.6
2014-15 22 TOR 80 26.2 62.3 57.2 4.2 11.8 0.4 17.2
2015-16 23 TOR 60 26.0 61.0 56.5 5.6 11.2 0.5 18.2
2016-17 24 TOR 80 25.8 60.1 55.8 5.9 11.0 0.5 17.7
2017-18 25 TOR 77 22.4 62.8 59.0 8.3 11.8 0.7 17.7
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Jonas Valanciunas: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Valanciunas will come off the bench for Game 4 against the Cavaliers on Monday, Eric Koreen of The Athletic reports.

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Valanciunas managed 10 points (3-6 FG, 4-4 FT), 11 rebounds and two blocks across 20 minutes during Toronto's 105-103 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal-round playoff series.

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Valanciunas had 21 points (7-19 FG), 0-1 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 21 rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes during Tuesday's 113-112 loss to Cleveland.

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Valanciunas tallied 14 points (6-13 FG, 2-2 FT), 12 rebounds, two blocks and one steal across 31 minutes during Friday's 102-92 win over the Wizards.

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Valanciunas totaled 14 points (5-13 FG, 4-4 FT), 13 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal across 32 minutes during Wednesday's 108-98 win over the Wizards.

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Valanciunas recorded just 11 points (4-6 FG, 3-3 FT), three rebounds and one block in 15 minutes during Sunday's 106-98 loss to the Wizards.

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Valanciunas registered 19 points (8-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 14 rebounds, two blocks and one assist across 23 minutes in Tuesday's 130-119 win over the Wizards.

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Valanciunas tallied 25 points (11-13 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and nine rebounds across 25 minutes in Monday's 108-98 victory over the Pistons.

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Valanciunas will rejoin the starting five for Monday's game against the Pistons, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.

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Valanciunas will sit out Sunday's game against the Magic for rest purposes, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports.

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Valanciunas produced eight points (3-7 FG, 2-3 FT), 12 rebounds and one blocked shot in 22 minutes during Friday's 92-73 win over the Pacers.

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Valanciunas had only four points on 2-of-8 shooting while adding five rebounds in 13 minutes during Wednesday's 96-78 victory over Boston.

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2016-17

While he didn’t quite develop into a fantasy star at the center spot in his fourth NBA campaign, Valanciunas nonetheless showed some incremental growth, which he’s been able to do during every season of his career. The 24-year-old didn’t benefit from a minute increase in 2015-16, but still averaged a career-high 12.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game and shot 56.5 percent from the floor and 76.1 percent from the charity stripe. A fractured left hand ended up costing Valanciunas 22 games, disrupting what could have been a far more explosive breakout season. In Valanciunas’ stead, the energetic Bismack Biyombo proved to be a quality replacement in the starting lineup and was especially magnificent in the playoffs, when Valanciunas missed a few games with a sprained ankle. Biyombo’s capable presence either as a starter or off the bench certainly helped the Raptors from a team standpoint, but it hurt Valanciunas’ statistical output, as coach Dwane Casey often chose to split the minutes evenly between the two rather than riding one option more heavily. However, with Biyombo since bolting for the Magic this summer on a four-year, $72 million contract, Valanciunas no longer faces many threats to his playing time, as neither of his projected backups, Lucas Nogueira and first-round pick Jakob Poeltl, have served as regular rotation options in the NBA. With the promise of expanded minutes this season, only a bad beat on the health front stands in the way of Valanciunas surging past last year’s statistics. It’s probably best to view the fractured hand that temporarily derailed Valanciunas in 2015-16 as a fluke, considering he missed only three combined games in the preceding two seasons.

2015-16

While expectations for Valanciunas were sky-high when he was drafted back in 2011, his slow progress has caused some Raptors fans to question whether he was really a long-term piece of the puzzle, but GM Masai Ujiri squashed any thought of getting rid of the young Lithuanian when he inked him to a four-year, $64 million extension this offseason. While he's not an elite center, Valanciunas is a positive contributor, averaging 26 minutes, 12.0 points, 8.7 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks in 80 games while shooting 57 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the free-throw line, excellent shooting numbers for a big man. At this point in his career, he should be able to handle a bigger workload, but Raptors coach Dwane Casey all but refuses to leave Valanciunas in the game when the other team uses a smaller lineup, a decision that makes some sense in the moment given Valanciunas' defensive struggles against quicker opponents but which has also unquestionably hindered his development. Casey may now face an additional $64 million in pressure to leave Valanciunas in the lineup come what may, so this season may be his best chance to prove he has true star potential.

2014-15

Young centers can often take some time to blossom, and Valanciunas was no exception in his second NBA campaign. The 22-year-old Lithuanian still turned in solid numbers as he played in and started 81 games, averaging 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 28 minutes per game while shooting 53 percent from the floor and an impressive-for-a-big 76 percent from the free-throw line (albeit on just 3.2 attempts per game). He was out of position too often on the defensive end to take full advantage of his shot-blocking potential, and despite the slew of talented, athletic guards and wings around him on the Raptors' roster, Valanciunas still tries to do a little too much offensively. He's got good size and athleticism and is developing a solid mid-range shot, and as his skills and maturity catch up with his physical tools, Valanciunas should become a consistent double-double threat. With DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry in place as the backcourt engine of the Raptors, the club is prepared to take their time and let Valanciunas develop at his own pace. He may not break out in 2014-2015, but he should take another step forward.

2013-14

The 21-year-old center had an up-and-down rookie campaign with the Raptors. He routinely displayed some of the skills that made him the No. 5 overall pick in the 2011 draft, but he wasn't able to find his groove until late in the season. Once the Raptors opted to loosen the leash and hand over a full compliment of minutes to Valanciunas late in the season, he flashed future All-Star potential. Over the final 17 games of the regular season, Valanciunas averaged 14.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks while shooting 63 percent from the floor and 84 percent from the line in 32 minutes per game. His productive ways carried over to the Las Vegas Summer League, where Valanciunas averaged 18.8 points and 10.0 rebounds en route to winning MVP honors. He bulked up significantly in the offseason, which should help deal with the physical rigors of the NBA game. And his skill set is considered elite for a young big man, as he has better-than-advertised athleticism and a deft touch around the rim, which will lead to a high shooting percentage. The Raptors parted ways with Andrea Bargnani this offseason and plan to hand over the keys to Valanciunas going forward. He'll have a much bigger role in his sophomore campaign and figures to be one of the more popular breakout options at the center position.

2012-13

After falling to the Raptors with the fifth pick in 2011, Valanciunas will finally make his North American debut. He put up respectable numbers in Euroleague competition but struggled badly in the Olympics. He heads into the NBA looking like a solid defensive presence in the paint with great length (he's 6-11 with a big wingspan), a penchant for foul trouble and an unpolished offensive game. Don't expect a huge impact in any category outside of perhaps blocks, but in a few years there's a good chance he'll be the best true center in franchise history. If you need a comp to a current player's development curve, Tyson Chandler might be the best fit.