That was a nice first basket he got. And I don't know why people are complaining about his athleticism. It's excellent for a C.
That's excellent numbers he put up in such little time.
Where are the cynics? I'm always interested in the gripes on Jonas.
First U19 didn't count.
Then the Czech's seniors were a weak team.
Now a good showing versus Russian senior team.
(I brought this from other thread)
Awesome! JoVa is tearing it up. this kid is only 19 and i cant wait to see his game when his body matures. I bet cleveland is kicking themselves now. BC u sneaky SOB ... well played sir... well played.
Love it. The guy plays every game like he's got something to prove.
This is good news once again. I am starting to come around on this kid. I recently read someone compare him to Tim Duncan and after watching some of Duncan's college highlights I can't disagree. The main difference is that Duncan had a better array of ball handling skills, craftiness and fundamentals from 12 feet and in (he was also older coming out of college than Valanpenis). But as far as height, defence and athletic ability I think the two are very comparable.
My only questions about this russia game is 1. What was his shooting %? and 2. Why did he only play 18 minutes? was it foul trouble or that they were getting blown out?
The complete box score can be found here (translated from Russian):
He played only 18 minutes, but he had 5 fouls. I'm betting that this was why his minutes were cut back. He did shoot 83% though (5/6) and was 100% (4/4) from the FT line.
Here is a nice block on Kirilenko:
The more I see the more I like!
BC has gained my respect
BC had balls to pick this kid while the euro basket hate in toronto is big , most of the bloggers around here had their 'race' shameful rants ready and lots lost my respect ... he will prove himself, he always wants to prove himself
Thank you Cleveland! The curse is alive and well but then again, Dan Gilbert got greedy especially with Toad Stern handing him everything. Now BC just needs to get rid of his biggest mistake and then I'll say this team is really rebuilding.
What I like is that he seems to have good hands. Doesn't bobble the ball when he receives the pass on a pick and roll, doesn't need to give the ball a bounce after picking up a rebound, is always conscious of where he is in relation to the ball. Of course, I am only going from highlights and a few game clips, but there is a sureness to his ball handling that is a little surprising in someone who put on so much height so quickly.
This was from a Lithuanian poster on RealGM
blocked---interesting - Russians are going over the top to compliment Valanciunas, they even gave him a gift (for being the best player in Lithuanian team) to make sure he makes into the NT, I guess.
Kirilenko says that Valanciunas is strong enough to play at this level, but lacks experience. Of course, he commented that he was not as muscular as Mozgov, but acknowledged that he is/will be a great player. Mozgov also suggested that after Valanciunas spends some time in a gym he will be nearly impossible to play against, and pointed at Jonas' speed and coordination.
One of the best Russian coaches said it bluntly that he considers Valanciunas to be one of the future top centers in the world.
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