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Valanciunas Potential

Came across an interesting article on tsn and their comparison of Jonas' rookie stats compared to the rookie stats of some of the top centers in the nba today.

JONAS VALANCIUNAS
21.5 mpg, 7.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.1 bpg, .514 FG%, .745 FT%, 2.9 fpg

JOAKIM NOAH
20.7 mpg, 6.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 0.9 bpg, .482 FG%, .691 FT%, 2.3 fpg

TYSON CHANDLER
19.6 mpg, 6.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg, .497 FG%, .604 FT%, 2.5 fpg

ROY HIBBERT
14.4 mpg, 7.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.1 bpg, .471 FG%, .667 FT%, 3.1 fpg

It is safe to say big men take more time to develop as compared to guards and forwards. Too see numbers like these for me is very encouraging and I can see more offensive potential than the centers above as someone who's watched this guy since day 1. He is already a solid 74% free throw shooter, has shown ability to hit the mid range and has put on display his strength in the post on occasion against top c/pf in the nba. His defense is certainly not the weak facet of his game. With his length and surprising athleticism, he can block shots and change shots and as he understands the nba game he will be able to become a defensive threat in the nba.

As a raptors fan I was concerned with how his game would translate to the nba and I have been pleasantly surprised as he fits right in. Big off-season for him to get stronger like many rookies and im really excited to see hiim next year.

Give me your thoughts on JV's potential

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