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    I wonder how much one-on-one coaching he gets next year. Who on the Raps staff will be working with him. One would think, without a lot of friends or family in TO, that he has the time to put in the gym practising on this type of skill set transition.

    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.
    I wouldn't be surprised if he averages 20+mpg right out of the gates. I'd rather throw him in there from day-1, rather then easing him along slowly. Actually, I'm hoping he starts from day-1.

    Young players need experience, which is hard to gain by sitting on the sidelines.
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    I wonder how much one-on-one coaching he gets next year. Who on the Raps staff will be working with him. One would think, without a lot of friends or family in TO, that he has the time to put in the gym practising on this type of skill set transition.

    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.
    Wasn't it Scott Roth who said to him in the Draft special on RaptorsTV that he had worked with Pau Gasol in Memphis? So I'd go with Scott Roth.

    I think he starts immediately and is averaging 20 minutes per game from the beginning. He'll be given the DeMar treatment. This is only my opinion but he will quickly be better than Amir. The only thing holding me back from saying it now is 1) he's never played in the NBA and 2) he will likely need time to adapt to the style of the NBA versus Europe and international competition.

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    The NBA season is approaching what would be the halfway point in a non-lockout schedule. Many rookies have started to earn consistent minutes and we’re at the point where we can start to make early evaluations of how teams faired in the 2011 draft. This seasons is interesting in that the two most intriguing draftees, outside of Kyrie Irving, may still play in Europe.

    Jonas Valančiūnas, 19, has emerged as a wonder beast and closet sorcerer for Lietuvos rytas over the past couple of months. The young Lithuanian, who slipped to Toronto at the 5th pick, has athleticism and length (7’0″, 7’4″ wingspan, 9′ 3″ standing reach) that are comparable to that of Demarus Cousins (6’10.75”, 7’5.75″, 9′ 5″.)

    Now’s the part in a blog post where people usually toss around phrases like “help defense,” “finishing ability” and “nose for the ball” that fail to conjure up any depiction of what a player actually looks like. I’ll lean toward a story instead. It’s relatively common for players at the start of European basketball games to aim a couple of strong cheap shots at opposing stars to see if they can knock them out of their rhythm. A player is alloted more fouls per minute in European ball and the refs usually don’t call off-the-ball contact as closely so it’s usually sound strategy.

    Well Valančiūnas hits back, and he hits back hard. Hard enough, so that you see opposing players curl up, go limp and lose their aggressiveness. Valančiūnas looks every bit like a franchise NBA center and if there was redraft of the 2011 draft knowing what we know now, I anticipate that he would be the consensus selection for the 2nd pick. There may even be a couple of GMs who would make arguments about selecting him in front of Irving.
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