View Poll Results: Grade Valanciunas' Season
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Wed Oct 17th, 2012, 01:19 PM
Oh what a treat, this entire article!!! Loved it. I wish they could do more journalism of this kind where the fans really get a chance to "feel" a player from up close.
Just like this kind of article, I always loved those practice vids or funny/dramatic locker-room moments, or in general some off-court action on tape where you get to see the players being their normal selves, hanging out. You get to know them more as individuals and this makes watching the games more meaningful, because you start rooting for them individually and as a team. You're no longer a regular Raptors "fan" who barely knows the names of the starters, but an individual who honestly loves to root for other human beings you happen to care for... win or lose, you start to share it all.
Wed Oct 17th, 2012, 02:03 PM
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You want a treat? Touchy feely journalism? Check out Stephen Jackson.
My favourite parts are when he talks about how humble he is and when he is talking about why he is a great person because he helped the passed out girl at the club.
Wed Oct 17th, 2012, 02:26 PM
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Remember this from Raptorblog? http://goo.gl/vKsvH
(removed table showing statistical averages of big men rookies their first year) Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Tyson Chandler, Marc Gasol, Roy Hibbert, Andrew Bogut, Joakim Noah ,Al Horford, Nene, Javale McGee
"If you weren’t already aware that big men, especially centres, take the longest to develop, perhaps this table was a simple reminder. Even taking into account future All Stars and dominant players, none of these guys could average more than 12 points as a rookie, more than 10 rebounds or even crack two blocks per game. Howard’s impressive yet not spectacular player efficiency rating of 17.2 ranks the highest on this list."
One consideration for lowered expectations of Jonas has been a worry he would be picking up fouls like crazy. Haven't seen any indication of it yet. If he can stay out of foul trouble he may average close to a double, double a game.