Why Jonas Valanciunas Was a Solid Pick

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Why Jonas Valanciunas Was a Solid Pick
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Following the 2011 NBA Draft, Toronto Raptors fans were visibly upset that the Raptors “wasted a pick on another European.” However, Jonas Valanciunas has a better chance to succeed than their recent overseas picks because he is not your typical soft, no-defense European player.

Instead, he is a player who likes to work inside, and should become a new favorite of defense-minded coach Dwane Casey.  

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