Jonas Valanciunas had himself a pretty good summer.
There was a dominant MVP-winning NBA Summer League performance for the Raptors in Las Vegas. Some solid warmup games for Lithuania where he flexed his offensive muscles along with a far more chiseled frame compared to his rookie NBA season and finally he helped Lithuania win a silver medal at the prestigious FIBA EuroBasket tournament in Slovenia.
The Raptors and Valanciunas have much to be pleased about heading into the seven-footer’s second season but there is still considerable work to be done before Valanciunas takes his expected place as an East all-star one day.
Valanciunas looked great at times in Lithuania’s exhibitions combining for 46 points on 15-for-18 shooting in one three-game stretch.
Still despite the achievements it wasn’t a perfect off-season for Valanciunas. He was used somewhat sparingly by the veteran-laden squad and had some stumbles once the EuroBasket actually got underway.
Valanciunas averaged 6.5 poin...