Last edited by rocwell; Fri Aug 23rd, 2013 at 02:22 PM.
What I want to see him doing is attacking the rim more and using his body to draw fouls. He averaged 7.7 FTA per game in April last year including 18 (made 16) in a game against Washington.
There was a lot of not much contact foul calls, you can get it here when you play with same nationality refs, but you will never get in NBA.
Just think, he's averaging 8.5 FTA in 20 minutes.
I expect Jonas to average 32-36 minutes a game this year. Lets average at 34.
Per 34 Minute #s during 7 games:
25.8 ppg - 15.3 rpg - 2.21 bpg - 3.7 to - 3.57 pf - 14.45 FTA
On 70% FG.
Obviously his stats are going to calm down in October, but by how much? He has shown the ability to dominate on a 70% FG against full grown men so clearly Lithuania can squeeze much more usage out of him. For the Raptors, JV will have less usage so his numbers would be less efficient per minute, but he will have more minutes. I personally expect the 15 ppg 8 rpg 1.2 bpg on 55% FG in 34 mpg that he showed he can so calmly sink if given the ball.
The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!
Wouldn't be surprised to see JV averaging 8-10 points a game on free throws. He is bigger and stronger, so opposing bigs are going to have to muscle him up that much more and some of them are going to wind up fouling him in the process. He seems to have developed a couple of extra moves and no doubt will be more confident this season. And that should mean going to the basket more.
It is not going to hurt the Raps that opposing teams bigs are going to be collecting a few extra fouls.
I'm just glad he has two veteran defensive bigs in the rotation with him. They should help he lots on D. I'm still not sold on JV as a defender. I mostly blame him and AB's atrocious defense together as a combo for the 4-19 start.
Short highlight Valanciunas against Czech Republic (2013.08.23) with no free trows
Last edited by pupkiz; Sat Aug 24th, 2013 at 11:50 AM.
BTW, when he's at the free throw line, are they yelling "Jonas! Jonas!"?
Looking forward to see how he does when the real games begin at Eurobasket. Sure looking fine at this point!
Eurobasket looks like a cake walk compared to the hard fouls and defense in the nba.
On the other hand, it looks more difficult than Summer League.
Jonas is turning into a beast... but he still needs help. I hope Amir and Hansbrough can help him.