I don't think the Raps suck that much as the American experts say but playoffs is a hard goal to achieve. So having the 9th or 10th pick sound right to me. And this kid is special
This happen just a week ago in the Euroleague. I mean, not the D-League or NCAA, the Euroleague, with just 18 years old:
This is his DraftExpress profile: http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/...anciunas-5622/ --> They have him as a 5th pickMeijia won this week’s Euroleague MVP award, as he scored 29 points (10/15 FG), grabbed 5 boards and dished out 3 assists (35 index rating).
Lietuvos Rytas center Jonas Valanciunas, a projected Top-5 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, was second in this week’s ranking, as he scored 15 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked two shots in only 23 minutes (26 index rating).
While Rubio can’t find his game, Valanciunas is proving that he is ready to transition to the NBA. The 18-years-old center is averaging 10 points and 6.4 rebounds, and he’s second in the Euroleague in field goal percentage (77 percent).
Two very important things in the report is that
As you know, a lot of experts drew comparitions between Motiejunas and Bargs, so Jonas could be an excelent piece around Bargniani."the Lithuanian national team frontcourt appears to be in excellent hands for the future with the emergence of Jonas Valanciunas and Donatas Motiejunas—two big men that appear to complement each other extremely well."
The other thing:
That's the best news this Raptors could have."the strongest part of his game right now revolves around his rebounding and defensive skills."
This is NBADraft.net scouting report: http://www.nbadraft.net/players/jonas-valanciunas
They have him in the 16th pick but comparing him to Primoz Brezec. Judging by what I saw of him lately. He's already better than Brezec, with 18 years old.
Maybe if the Heat continues strugling we could have him with his pick, at the 20-25th range but it's likely that he'll be gone by then.