2011 Draft Prospect Profile - Jonas Valanciunas
|Jonas Valanciunas is entering the 2011 NBA Draft out of Lithuania after spending the 2010-11 season playing for the Lietuvos Rytas team. In the Lithuanian 1st division, he averaged 12.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 2.2 bpg. In Euroleague, scored 7.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg while shooting 70% from the field and 88% FT.|
What they're saying:
Draft Express: He runs the floor extremely well, is quick off his feet and has no qualms whatsoever about throwing his body around in the paint. Not one to just stand around and wait for opportunities to come to him, Valanciunas wants to be productive all the time, which is a big reason he's been able to earn playing time in such a demanding environment this season, despite his obvious immaturity.
ESPN: Valanciunas is the most highly rated international player on our board. But will he come to the NBA this season? Concerns about a massive buyout could keep him in Europe for a couple more years. Is anyone willing to take the risk high in the lottery?Valanciunas is younger, but he also plays solid minutes for a Euroleague team and has a toughness to his game that scouts say is very -- wait for it -- American.
MyNBADraft: He will be best if he plays with a good PG, handles passes in the lane well, catches alley oops. He is good at getting out and running, makes a lot of athletic plays, good motor but gets into foul trouble which is a good sign from a international player. Even though he is thin he is young enough for his body to develop. A good enough outside shooter to keep opposing teams honest. NBA level length and athleticism.
NBA Draft Depot: Lithuania native Jonas Valanciunas has developed into one of this draft's top talent. For such a young player playing in a high level European league, his production is impressive: 7.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 0.6 BPG with 70.9 FG% in 14.7 MPG. Valanciunas has very good size, length, and athleticism for his position, which allows him to finish effectively inside. His post game is not very well developed, but he plays well pick and roll situations. Defensively, Valanciunas is a good weakside defender but his lack of strength may limit him as a post defender early in his career.