JONAS VALANCIUNAS (MEM)
C • 7’0, 255 lbs; 8th year, Lithuania
NBA ROLE: SKILLED OFFENSIVE PIVOT
Jonas Valanciunas is an adept scorer at the 5; opens up well on faceups, backs down aggressively, has soft hands – Jonas isn’t an above the rim finisher but likes eluding his defender before dropping in layups & hooks; top-10 fake man? – rises on his tiptoes (JV fools ya cause he never jumps on his normal shot), catches bigs off guard; great PnR option: Valanciunas catches everything, finishes well; has gotten better on defense but struggles to contend w/ shooting bigs, has difficulty closing out; injury prone; loses time to smaller lineups; starting to step out & launch open triples, breakthrough in his game?; needs to always maintain a high level of aggression during the flow of games & adopt a mean(er) streak defensively; great fit in MEM – Top DOG in 2020?
DRIVING RIGHTY HOOK
FAKE --> DRIVING DUNK
MORE ON "JV"
Career: 12.1 points/game, 8.5 rebounds/game, 56% FG
Avg. career-high 19.9 points/game (2018-19 w/ MEM)
NBA All-Rookie Second Team (2013)
(FACTORY SETTING) NBA 2K19 RATING: 82