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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Jonas Valanciunas




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Jonas Valanciunas


Position: Center

Size: 6-11, 240

School: Lithuania, 1992


Strengths:
  • Length
  • Athleticism
  • Assertive on the glass
  • Timing as a shot blocker
  • Aggressiveness at the rim
  • Plays extremely hard
  • Effective in pick and roll situations
  • Good feel around the bucket
  • Soft hands
  • Power dribble with his right hand



    Weaknesses:
  • Needs to get stronger
  • Face up game
  • Comfort level with his jump shot
  • Most of his baskets come off dunks or easy lay-ups
  • Left hand/ball handling

    Summary: It is easy to see the intrigue surrounding Jonas Valanciunas in this weak draft. He recently turned 19 years old and has great upside to complement his God-given size. Valanciunas plays extremely hard, and if that work ethic continues throughout his NBA career, the potential is there for him to be a very solid big man.

    Player Comparison: Andris Biedrins. Due to his rebounding and activity on the defensive end, Valanciunas falls somewhere between Darko and Andris Biedrins for me right now. Both players are limited on the offensive end, and until Valanciunas can develop any resemblence of a game outside of five feet from the hoop, that comparison appears to be pretty safe.





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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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