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The Raptors actually have three players who are capable of starting at center, so expect Valanciunas, Johnson and Gray to all get serious minutes for Toronto next year.
Jonas Valanciunas should become the starting center for the Raptors, as he is by far the most talented of the group. JV is an excellent rebounder and plays strong interior defense.
It might take a while for him to adjust his offense to the NBA game, but the Raptors already have three players capable of dropping 20 points on any given night in Kyle Lowry, Andrea Bargnani and DeMar DeRozan.
Valanciunas should become a key player for Toronto, as they need a big man who can rebound and defend when Bargnani’s on the floor. Don’t be surprised if Jonas Valanciunas is mentioned in Rookie of the Year talks.
Amir Johnson should be the first big man off the bench for Toronto. Johnson is an energetic player who can score, rebound and block shots.
Last year with Toronto, the big man out of California averaged 7.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Johnson should put up similar numbers this year, and lead one of the strongest benches in the Eastern Conference.
Although Aaron Gray started for the Raptors last year, there is a good chance he’ll become the third center on the depth chart in 2012-13. However, he could still see his fair share of minutes, as Valanciunas is young and could get into foul trouble often.
Gray is a very good rebounder, so he could also see some action when Toronto is struggling to grab boards.