By The Numbers: No. 5 pick (2011), 7.8 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 14.54 PER
Original Scouting Report
According to DraftExpress, Valanciunas was a player who could score efficiently in international competition. His foul shooting was solid, his mid-range jumper was improving and his back-to-the-basket game was noteworthy.
On defense, the big man had a tendency to foul, which could be a problem in a more physical NBA game.
Updated Scouting Report
The Toronto Raptors have given Valanciunas a starting role in his first year, and while he's only playing 22.4 minutes per game, he's done a good job of making his impact felt on both ends of the floor.
When it come to his offense, the center has shown that he knows how to score the ball, but he often makes the mistake of thinking too much before making his move. When he acts quickly and makes his move to the rim is when he's most effective. You want him to work on his fundamentals, but the offseason might be a better time to try out new moves than against top-tier competition.
On defense, he's averaging about three fouls per game, which wouldn't be too bad if he were playing a solid 30 minutes. He's going to have to work on staying physical while improving his timing, but his one block per game is encouraging at this point.
Valanciunas hasn't exactly turned the Raptors' franchise around through two months of play, but it's all about progress with the big man. If he can become more consistent, he'll be well on his way to a solid NBA career.