5. Toronto Raptors
Jonas Valanciunas is an interesting pick in this year’s 2011 NBA Draft and has climbed the board in the 2011 Mock NBA Draft despite contract issues overseas.
Valanciunas is talented, no doubt about it, especially with his rebounding ability and scoring around the basket.
Also, he’s particularly athletic for his size and is a smart player, not to mention he’s huge.
The thing is his contract issue poses the biggest hurdle for Valanciunas to jump. However it doesn’t need to be.
While the Cleveland Cavaliers could take Valanciunas and attempt to help his contract buyout situation, they really shouldn’t.
He could be big in Cleveland, providing the Lithuanian the Cavs fans missed when Zydrunas Illgauskas left, but they can’t afford to wait, especially after LeBron James left.
Toronto on the other hand is still rebuilding. They could wait a year for Valanciunas while they try to assemble some pieces for him to play with and he could bulk up and get stronger overseas.
He has the potential to be a superstar in the making, so why not wait and let him ripen?
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