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17 - Jonas Valanciunas

Lithuania 

  • Birthday: 5/6/92
  • NBA Position: Center
  • Class: International
  • Ht: 6-11
  • Wt: 240
  • Team: Lietuvos Rytas
  • Hometown: Utena, Lithuania
  • Euroleague Profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Overall

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NBA Comparison: Spencer Hawes/Primoz Brezic

Strengths: Lithuanian bigman with great size and rebounding instincts ... Has a long 6'11" frame and a huge wingspan to go along with it ... Very fluid athlete ... Runs the court well for a center ... Good quickness and solid explosiveness/leaping ability ... Strength/weight has been improving, and he should continue to add more in the future ... Uses all of his physical skills to the fullest when attacking the glass ... Extremely aggressive rebounder both offensively and defensively ... Gets a lot of tip-ins and put-backs ... Shows a good understanding of boxing out, which is somewhat rare for young players ... Uses great length to either grab or tip out-of-area rebounds to teammates ... Solid shot blocker with the potential to be very good in this area ... Competes hard on defense ... Length allows him to contest entry passes ... Super active on both ends of the court ... In the paint he shows a variety of developing moves ... Has a nice jump-shot from 8-12 feet away from the hoop ... Has great shooting mechanics and an extraordinarily soft touch for a bigman ... Has a developing hook shot that could be deadly in time ... Often used in pick and roll situations ... Favorite move is to "slip" after setting up for a pick, and cut to the rim ... Keeps the ball high and away from any secondary defenders ... Incredibly efficient (shot 70.8% from the field in the Euroleague) ... Doesn't miss a lot of shots because he operates so close to the rim ... If he doesn't have a high-percentage shot he immediately passes the ball out ... Remarkable free-throw shooter (88.5%) ... Tough player that's not afraid of contact ... Just turned 19 and has a great deal of potential ... Has a lot of enthusiasm for the game, and eager to improve. Unlike a lot of bigmen that were pushed into the game of basketball, it's obvious he has a genuine love for the game ...

Weaknesses: Can't create his own offense yet ... Has a budding set of skills in the post, but needs teammates who can set him up ... No real perimeter game ... Almost all offense comes from around the hoop ... Very unselfish but not a talented passer ... Makes a lot of mistakes when trying to pass out of double teams ... Plays very aggressively, which is a good quality, but it gets him in foul trouble quickly ... Needs to learn how to play good defense without fouling ... Hasn't developed the habit of remaining stationary when setting screens ... Struggles guarding stronger players ... Still skinny, though he is showing progress in this area ... Is currently signed with Lietuvos Rytas and the buyout option in his contract is over $3 million dollars, so he may not see the NBA for a few seasons ... Very wet behind the ears.

Overall: European scouts are unanimously high on this kid, many feel that he desrves to be a top 5 pick ... Valanciunas' combination of size, skill and motor gives him a high amount of intrigue ... He isn't a finished product, so whatever team drafts him will have to be patient ... Has a buyout in the range of 3 million which could dissuade some teams from selecting him ... The lockout comes at a perfect time for him as he can continue to develop for another year overseas ... Appeared "overwhelmed by the situation" according to scouts while doing interviews in Treviso ...

Tyler Ingle 6/15/11

Strengths: Long, agile bigman with a lot of promise ... The next big prospect out of Lithuania (after Motiejunas) .. Extremely fluid running the floor for a player his size ... His long wingspan and huge hands make him an imposing force inside ... Has good dexterity to catch the ball and make plays around the basket ... A good athlete who gets off the floor well and attacks the rim ... Born in 1992, considering his age, he appears to be a guy that is not done growing and could top out at well over 7-feet ... Wide shoulders will allow him to put on a good deal of strength and weight without hindering his agility ... Shows a soft touch on his shot with excellent shooting mechanics and overall fundamentals ... Can face the basket and knock down shots out to 12 feet ... Good basketball IQ ... Strong motor. Plays with a strong competitive drive ... Hard working kid who should continue to improve ... Shows solid vision and court sense, getting rid of the ball and finding teammates when doubled ...

Weaknesses: His body still needs a lot of strength, although he has plenty of time to fill out and his body appears to be on it's way ... Appears to easily get into foul trouble, so will need to learn to manage his aggressiveness defensively ... He's sure to receive a lot of hype over the next few years, so staying focused and blocking out all the press clippings will be paramount ... Not incredibly explosive. Added strength should allow him to become quicker off his feet ... A little too predictable with his post moves, he nearly always goes left, so adding more diversity to his moves will be important ...

Aran Smith 5/1/09

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