Saturday, June 25, 2011
David Aldridge: Valanciunas Could Be The Best Player In The Draft
Other than his skin colour, and the fact that he played basketball in Europe, I can't see any similarities between Valanciunas and Bargnani. We as fans are impatient by nature, but as more days pass by, I'm starting to like this pick better and better.
A 7 foot center that can block shots, loves to rebound the ball, and would rather pick-n-roll than pick-n-pop.
UPDATE: In regards to Jonas' 2.5 million dollar buyout, the Raptors have willingly offered the maximum amount of $500,000. On top of that, Val has agreed to pay off the 2 million dollars remaining out of his own pocket. This means that Jonas will be playing for the Raptors in 2012-2013 season, which works out quite nicely for Raptors Nation.
The likely lockout means teams will not be able to interact with their players (explains why Raptors players are already in Toronto taking advantage of the coaching staff before the lockout becomes official). However, because Val will be in Europe and technically not under NBA contract, the Raptors staff will be in Lithuania all year to help him out.
Take the best center in the draft, and most likely have a lottery pick in next year's star studded class where most of the talent are point guards and wings? This may be a solid plan after all.