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Video: Valanciunas throws down an off-the-glass ally-oop

Jul 25, 2012, 2:40 PM EST

For a lot of Raptors fans, and a lot of NBA fans in general, the Olympics and watching Lithuania will be the first reach chance to get a look at last year’s No. 5 overall pick, center Jonas Valanciunas.

He was the guy everyone was saying maybe turns out to be the best (or second best) player in the 2011 draft, but would take some time to develop. He was a risk, so he slid down to No. 5. But if this clip is any indication, the Raptors are going to be a lot of fun next season.

Hat tip to SLAM for the video.

  1. gmen4life33 - Jul 25, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Cavs could of had him at C, and Robinson at PF. Very nice.

    Instead they have Waiters and Thompson. Role players off bench, if that.

    • adzs - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Wouldn’t go so far as saying their role players, but for sure i’d take the Irving, Valanciunas, Robinson core they should have over Irving, Thompson, Waiters and Zeller….the cavs took risks where there really was no need to, especially in picking thompson over valanciunas when he was projected by most to go no higher than eighth; the whole point of rebuilding is that you have to be patient, and the Thompson pick in the name of having a guy to develop for a year over having a more talented player coming over in a years time is one i think the cavs will regret for a long time, especially if both Valanciunas and Robinson make waves for their new teams as expected…

  2. bucrightoff - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Valanciunas is such a perfect fit for the Raptors. He and Bargnani (check his stats, very underrated) make a perfect compliment to each other. The Raps are a good swingman away from being a pretty good team

    • adzs - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

      Terrence Ross might fit that bill; perfectly i preferred Lamb over both he AND Waiters but this years class of swingmen should be all around very impressive…

      • adzs - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        *Personally

  3. miamatt - Jul 25, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    Pretty sick. I hope Wade and LBJ are watching, I haven’t seen that one from them yet!

  4. skinsfanwill - Jul 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    Every year there is some player that they say will be the next great European player and they end up being garbage. What’s makes this guy any different? Nothing. He will be a wash just like all the rest. Toronto is basically a European team and look where they end up every year. I’m tired of the fool’s gold. Until I see the next Dirk, I don’t want to hear about all the Darko’s.

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