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Jonas Valanciunas is finally here and is ready to make a name for himself on a young Toronto team
Valanciunas' debut has been heavily anticipated in Toronto as the Raptors have had to wait for the seven footer to finish his contract with his team in Lithuania. And it may be just the perfect time to make his arrival in the NBA.
Valanciunas has a great skill set for a big man, averaging 23 points, nearly 14 rebounds, and 3.2 blocks per game in his European league—a stat line that secured him the 2012 MVP award of the Lithuanian Basketball League.
Valanciunas has a great chance at a starting role this season, mainly because he plays in Toronto.
The Raptors haven't enjoyed a true center for quite a few years. They had Chris Bosh, who was really a power forward playing in the 5 position most of the time, and since Bosh's departure the Raptors have enjoyed the talents of Andrea Bargnani, another power forward playing in the center spot.
Valanciunas' arrival will give the Raptors a very talented true center and will also allow Bargnani to slide down to his natural position at power forward, letting Toronto spread the floor more and keep Bargnani's shooting game going.
Having Valanciunas and Bargnani on the floor together is far too tempting for the Raptors to pass up.