More than any player on Toronto’s current roster, Valanciunas represents a true building block, one who has the potential to dominate at both ends of the floor once he completely grasps the NBA game. Mind you, it’ll take time and as time continues to draw to an end for this season, there are fewer opportunities for Valanciunas to learn on the job, which is the best and only way he can possibly grow.
See here is what gets wrong with all this stuff in the modern times of caps and advanced stats. There is no real true measure of what heart, leadership and a connection with people is worth. It can’t be measured and it has no real price to it. The amount of fans touched by Jerome Williams or Amir Johnson can not ever really be measured either. That has a value in making those positive connections. It might make someone a bigger fan of this sport based on it. It might inspire a kid to pick up a basketball and play the sport. It could inspire them to be a bigger part of the place they live and work.
After missing two games earlier this month due to back troubles, Gay appears to be close to full strength. He scored 28 points on a season-best 11-of-16 shooting versus Charlotte on Friday. “I think the last couple of games, his back has loosened up where it’s allowed him to do things in more of a fluid way,” Casey said of Gay. “We kind of condense our menu when he’s in there … and I think he’s getting more comfortable with those simple (offensive) sets.”