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Jonas Valanciunas

Scouting Report

With great height, speed and all-around basketball skills, Valanciunas appears to have a bright future in the NBA. For a big man, Valanciunas is very athletic and mobile. He has a quick first step and is adept at beating his man off the dribble when facing him, and has a bevy of moves to put up shots when he has his back to the basket. He can also play away from the post, and has no trouble shooting mid-range jumpers and even 3-pointers. Defensively, he uses his long arms to force opponents to redirect their shots and he is a proficient shot blocker. He plays with a lot of energy and is fundamentally sound. Valanciunas had an impressive showing in last summer's European under-18 championships, averaging 19.4 points, 13.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in the tournament. In the title game, he had 31 points and 18 rebounds to lead Lithuania to the gold medal, and was named the tournament's MVP. While Valanciunas seems to have it all, his body is not quite NBA-ready. He is thin and needs to add a lot of muscle to keep from getting pushed around in the paint. Adding bulk shouldn't be a major problem, however, because he is still young - in fact, there's a chance he could still grow a few more inches. Many scouts like what they see from Valanciunas, and he has a good chance at being a top-10 pick.


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