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When you think of your typical European born-and-bred basketball players, Jonas Valanciunas is not the type of player that comes to mind.
Whereas Euro players tend to be viewed (unfairly at times) as soft and finesse-like, Valanciunas is a defensive-minded player that likes to get physical.
In fact, Valanciunas is perhaps the most physical player on the Raptors squad this year.
What you have to like about Valanciunas is that although he lacks the physical strength to challenge every shot, he still tries to challenge every shot. As a result, you will see him being poster-ized on occasion because he wants to get in there at all times.
So far, his defensive aggressiveness has been a mixed bag for the Raptors. Sure, he has 1.3 blocks per game, but he also has 3.1 personal fouls per contest.
His offensive game has been a bit more hit and miss. Take his last five games, for example. He scored 22, 12, eight, two and seven points respectively.
He also needs to work on his positioning when it comes to rebounding. On the season, he is averaging 5.7 rebounds per game despite playing over 24 minutes.
But he shows a lot of potential, and that is what the Raptors need right now.