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NBA Draft: Raptors select Jonas Valanciunas 5th

Posted on: June 23, 2011 8:09 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 10:08 pm
Posted by Royce Young

There were a lot of directions for the Raptors to go with the fifth pick. Bismack Biyombo, Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker were all talked about in this spot.

But with the cards falling where they did, the Raptors simply couldn't pass up an upside player in Jonas Valanciunas. Bryan Colangelo loves himself some international players and Valanciunas was the highest ranked international on the board. Really, it's a match made in heaven.

He probably won't be able to help Toronto next season -- if there is a next season -- as Valanciunas has a complicated buyout to settle that will likely keep him in Europe another season. Which honestly, is probably a good thing. Valanciunas needs more seasoning, needs a little more weight to his frame and a little bit of time to mature and progress.

It's good that the Raptors realize that rebuilding takes time. Instead of trying to land someone that helps now, the Raptors elected to stay patient and hope that Valanciunas can develop into a post presence alongside Andrea Bargnani. Some see Valanciunas as a young Pau Gasol, which might not be a good thing though. The Raps are extremely soft inside and if Valanciunas is going to play with Bargnani, he's going to have to toughen up a bit. He's extremely young and as they say, has that whole upside thing working for him.

Which is what Toronto is banking on.

Since: Sep 7, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:22 pm

NBA Draft: Raptors select Jonas Valanciunas 5th

Raptors F*** UP AGAIN. Stop drafting international players! Don't get me wrong, Euro's definitely have game but Toronto needed a player that could make and impact immediately. Also, this kid needs to develope a "back to the basket" game. Basically, he has little to no post or iso experience. It's just another bad pick from the Raptors (Given the teams current state).

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