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Coach says development of Valanciunas, DeRozan to alter Raptor offense

Jul 25, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

Jonas Valanciunas AP

We’ve been telling you for a couple weeks now that Jonas Valanciunas turned a lot of heads with his play at the Las Vegas Summer League. He got named the Vegas Summer League MVP for a reason.

We we’re the only one who noticed.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey did as well. He said told Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun that the improvements in Valanciunas’ game and DeMar DeRozan’s game were going to alter the Raptors offense next season.

Having Valanciunas quarterback some of the offense from the post takes a little pressure off and should open things up for Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry out on the perimeter.

All of this has Raptors fans dreaming of the playoffs in the East — and that’s not an impossible dream. They could be in the mix for a 7-8 seed, but we need to see how the team comes together — and how it defends — first.

  1. blakegriffin32 - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    How poorly written is this article lol. Edit your articles!

  2. melo5812 - Jul 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    Omg I was thinking the sane thing reading this article “we’re the only ones who noticed” you mean weren’t?? Lol these posts are so poorly written both in substance and grammatically makes me wonder the education and qualifications of the person that’s writes these. If you are a honest to goodness real writer with a college diploma it’s a very sad day for the US board of edumacation lol (education) lol

  3. brotherlove2012 - Jul 25, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    English is my second language and even I can see how poorly written this text is.

  4. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    If JVal plays like he did in Summer League and Derozan is hitting 3’s(not to mention Gay improving his eyes), they’ll be higher than a 7 or 8 seed for sure. Whether all of that can come together though…well, lets just say as a Raptors fan that I don’t have a whole lot of optimism regarding everything working out well lol

  5. arlingtonsynn - Jul 26, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    Did you type this with a graphing calculator?

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