Chosen Ones: Top Candidates for Rookie of the Year
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No. 5: Jonas Valanciunas - Toronto Raptors

The 20-year-old Lithuanian was actually drafted by Toronto a year ago, but he opted to stay in Europe for one more season before finally joining the Raptors this year. Despite his age and unfamiliarity to the American style of play, Valanciunas is already a quite experienced player, having played at the top level in European leagues and international competitions. A skilled big man in a league that badly needs his kind, Valanciunas is already locked into be a regular starter for the Raptors and could become the future cornerstone of the franchise.