Yes, nice indeed. Can someone explain to me the "Efficiency per game"? I don't get that.
On a sidenote, when he was drafted I thought JV would need another year over there but he has really impressed. The numbers are good, the numbers against ex-NBA players are good, the skill set is good. To me though, the eye test is huge: he looks a lot, a lot better than he did even 8 or 9 months ago. That's really important to see with a player in his age range. Plus, not sure if it's just deceptive on video or not but he looks much bigger than he did in June at the draft.
Well, all I hear is that he's working hard on building muscle. He's got a really nice frame to fill out. He himself has stated time and again that he wants to look like Dwight Howard. He is working hard towards that goal and lately his body's been getting stronger so fast that it kind of makes me wonder if he won't reach Dwight's strength within 2-3 years from now. He obviously uses Howard for his motivation. Jonas wants to destroy Howard one day. Can't wait for that to happen.
Last week, we shared with you the story of twin brothers whose boundless love for Lithuanian basketball led them to get the signature of Jonas Valanciunas — the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft, Lithuania's next major international export and the prospective savior of the moribund Toronto Raptors — tattooed on their bodies. This week, I kind of find myself wanting to join them, thanks to the amazing news that the 19-year-old big man basically decided to be a one-man Harlem Globetrotters show during this past Saturday's Lithuanian Basketball League All-Star Game.
In terms of actual basketball, Valanciunas continued to strut his stuff, turning in 25 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead his team of Lithuanian-born players to a 115-98 victory over a contingent of foreign-born players that featured the likes of former Raptor Sonny Weems and ex-Boston College star Tyrese Rice. Valanciunas earned recognition as the game's Most Impressive Player in the win.
But where he really shone, according to the excellent Simonas Baranauskas of Lithuania Basketball, was in his showmanship:
I choose to believe that Raptors.com's Jay Satur is right and that Valanciunas' "old man with a cane" get-up was actually a Gandalf costume, if for no other reason than I like to imagine him hedging to hem up a point guard on a pick-and-roll and screaming, "YOU SHALL NOT PASS!" (Lithuanian basketball + "Lord of the Rings" = slam dunk. Thanks again for reading Ball Don't Lie, your home for the nerdiest possible joke combinations.)Quote:
Valanciunas spiced up his performance by dressing up as an old man with a cane, interrupting the game by carrying a banner onto the court encouraging his teammate Renaldas Seibutis.
It wasn't the end of the show, as the player started the second half of the game dressed up as a referee, wearing sizably too short pants and slippers, while the referee stepped on the court wearing Valanciunas' jersey.
The center was enjoying the power of the whistle, calling a non-existent travel on Tyrese Rice and then a technical foul on the referee that replaced Valanciunas on the court.
After the jump, check out video of Jonas displaying his full range of skills, from running the floor and handling the rock to being a master of disguise.
So great. The more I learn about young Mr. Valanciunas, the more excited I am for him to come over to the NBA next season. I think we can all agree that if there's one thing the Rising Stars Challenge needs, it's more wizard costumes.
L. Rytas wins in VTB game - 72-61.
JV stat line:
16 points (6/8 fg, 4/5 ft)
5 turnovers (ouch)
3 fouls (7 received)
Well turnovers is the stat we should be worried less of all of those, he is relatively young and you don't need talent to avoid that, just hard work and experience. But at this moment, yeah, it's a problem of his.
Jonas with an authority statement at 1:03! I like it!
Jonas definitely knows how to use his elbows in the block, lol. Magloire-esque! I love how he doesn't shy away from contact.
I don't remember the last time we had a prototypical, 7-foot centre on this team. Rasho was more of a face-up guy, and Antonio Davis was undersized. Eric Montross maybe?
not to rain on the JV parade but I think he gets called for those elbows in the NBA
I'm in the camp that says he doesn't need a tone of time before he is NBA ready. Is it too early to start a little pool to see how long before he reaches 20 minutes a game? I'm thinking early January at the latest.