Despite playing only four games due to a non-shooting hand injury, Jonas Valanciunas was named the summer league MVP and thus officially eliminated himself from next year’s summer league. He averaged 18.8 points and 10 rebounds (only double-double guy, take that Drummond), and was basically dominating opposition at will.
His performance came somewhat as a surprise as you’d think this the up-and-down guard-driven style would suit Terrence Ross more, but Valanciunas made his mark, garnering attention from wide corners of the internet and positioning himself to be a legitimate name in the NBA next year.
Masai Ujiri commented on the performance:
“Jonas has worked very hard on his game all summer and continues to develop as a young big in the league. It is always good to make strides and the summer league is a good place to start testing.”
Here’s our man in full action: