To-Do List for Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas to Return Better Next Season

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To-Do List for Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas to Return Better Next Season
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In just his first full season with the Toronto Raptors, 21-year-old Jonas Valanciunas already has fans buzzing over the long-term potential he has moving forward with this basketball team. 

His selection with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft was met with much scrutiny and criticism, but Valanciunas has quickly quieted his doubters with some stellar play this past year.

As is the case with any rookie, Valanciunas had his growing pains, but for the most part, the good outweighed the bad. He was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month back in March, having averaged 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 27.3 minutes per game. The last Raptor rookie to be bestowed that honor was Jamario Moon in 2007-08. 

Valanciunas was also named to the NBA's All-Rookie Second Team, becoming the 10th player in franchise history to receive All-Rookie honors. 

The sky is certainly the limit for Valanciunas, but this is just the tip of the iceberg of what he's capable of.

He's far from a perfect basketball player, so improving his skill set this offseason should be a top priority not only for himself but the Raptors coaching staff as well. 

Toronto's success in 2013-14 will depend heavily on the continued development of their highly touted center. Here's a look at a few key points of his game that he can work on this summer, so that when next season arrives, he will be primed and ready for a breakout sophomore year. 

 

All statistics are courtesy of Yahoo! Sports, Basketball-Reference and HoopData. 

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