NBA Mock Draft 2011: Utah Jazz Select Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas is another international center who stands 6'11." From Lithuania, Valanciunas is athletic and quick with good footwork for a player of his size. Like most other young European big men, he needs to get bigger.
Valanciunas is only 19 years old and still has time to grow. Young players have transitioned to the NBA early before and dominated (see James, LeBron), but Valanciunas is too much of an unknown to guarantee greatness.
The Jazz might take a flyer on Valanciunas, although they already have a stable of big guys with Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap and Mehmet Okur. These guys would take the pressure off Valanciunas and give him time to the develop so many scouts think he can.
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