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Who Should I Draft?

Ja Morant or Jonas Valanciunas (2021)


Player Summaries Comparison
 
Experts' Pick
 
  Jonas Valanciunas
C - NOR
Jonas Valanciunas
Ja Morant
G - MEM
Ja Morant
Expert
Recommendation
64%
Recommended by
9 of 14 experts
36%
Recommended by
5 of 14 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 50# 57
Best Rank# 22# 27
Worst Rank# 70# 87
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 50# 57
Best Rank# 22# 27
Worst Rank# 70# 87
   
Projections 
   
Minutes28.133.6
Field Goals Made6.17.8
Field Goals Att10.516.5
Field Goals %.582.476
Three Points Made0.31.5
Three Points Att1.24.8
Three Points %.326.350
Free Throws Made2.44.8
Free Throws Att3.16.3
Free Throws %.774.763
Offensive Rebound0.00.0
Rebounds10.74.3
Assists1.78.1
Turnovers1.73.3
Steals0.51.0
Blocks0.90.3
Points14.921.9
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
Expert Ranks 
   
Site Projections
numberFire
# 22# 56
   
Alex Rikleen
RotoWire
# 53# 61
   
Keith Lott
Fantasy Six Pack
# 50# 87
   
Mauricio Castillo
Yahoo! Sports
# 51# 59
   
Adam Koffler
FantasyPros
# 61# 70
   
Ethan Masel
The Fantasy Bulletin
# 52# 58
   
Dylan Licciardo
FF Gamers
# 50# 54
   
Alex Burns
FantasyPros
# 58# 66
   
Dan Titus
Sports Gambling Podcast Network
# 43# 52
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 55# 52
   
Zachary Hanshew
FantasyPros
# 70# 66
   
M. Starks Powell
New Life Fantasy
# 52# 49
   
Aaron Larson
FantasyPros
# 46# 27
   
Scott Youngson
Fantasy Mutant
# 89# 34
   
Player Statistics Comparison
  Jonas Valanciunas
C - NOR
Jonas Valanciunas
Ja Morant
G - MEM
Ja Morant
2020 Stats 
   
   
Minutes1,7552,053
   
Field Goals Made440430
   
Field Goals Att743957
   
Field Goals %.592.449
   
Three Points Made2173
   
Three Points Att57241
   
Three Points %.368.303
   
Free Throws Made157271
   
Free Throws Att203372
   
Free Throws %.773.729
   
Offensive Rebound25359
   
Rebounds777252
   
Assists112465
   
Turnovers100203
   
Steals3457
   
Blocks5813
   
Points1,0581,204
   
Player Projections Comparison
  Jonas Valanciunas
C - NOR
Jonas Valanciunas
Ja Morant
G - MEM
Ja Morant
2021 Projections 
   
   
Minutes28.133.6
   
Field Goals Made6.17.8
   
Field Goals Att10.516.5
   
Field Goals %.582.476
   
Three Points Made0.31.5
   
Three Points Att1.24.8
   
Three Points %.326.350
   
Free Throws Made2.44.8
   
Free Throws Att3.16.3
   
Free Throws %.774.763
   
Offensive Rebound0.00.0
   
Rebounds10.74.3
   
Assists1.78.1
   
Turnovers1.73.3
   
Steals0.51.0
   
Blocks0.90.3
   
Points14.921.9
   
Notes for Player Combination
  Jonas Valanciunas
C - NOR
Jonas Valanciunas
Ja Morant
G - MEM
Ja Morant
News 
 C Jonas Valanciunas and two draft picks have been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for C Steven Adams, G Eric Bledsoe and three draft picks.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Mon, Jul 26th
Ja Morant totaled 27.0 points (11-22 FG, 5-9 3PT), seven rebounds, and eleven assists in the Grizzlies’ 126-110 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Thu, Jun 3rd
 Jonas Valanciunas totaled 18.0 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3PT), six rebounds, one assist, and two steals in the Grizzlies’ 126-110 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Thu, Jun 3rd
Ja Morant totaled 12 points (8-21 FG, 1-7 3PT, 6-8 FT), six rebounds, twelve assists, and one steal in the Grizzlies’ 120-113 loss to the Jazz on Monday.
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Wed, Jun 2nd
 Jonas Valanciunas totaled 18 points (7-12 FG, 0-1 3PT, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists, and one block in the Grizzlies' 141-129 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Thu, May 27th
Ja Morant totaled 28 points (10-23 FG, 2-7 3PT, 6-8 FT), three rebounds, and seven assists in the Grizzlies’ 121-111 loss to the Jazz on Saturday.
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Mon, May 31st
 Jonas Valanciunas totaled 23 points (10-16 FG, 0-1 3PT, 3-6 FT), twenty-three rebounds, one assist, and three blocks in the Grizzlies 100-96 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Thu, May 20th
Ja Morant totaled 47 points (15-26 FG, 2-7 3PT, 15-20 FT), four rebounds, and seven assists in the Grizzlies 141-129 loss to the Jazz on Wednesday.
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Thu, May 27th
 Grizzlies C Jonas Valanciunas continued to roll with 29 points (12-15 FG, 5-6 FT), 16 boards (six offensive), one assist, and one steal.
Ethan Biddle - The Work of Ethan Biddle
Sun, May 16th
Ja Morant totaled 26 points (11-21 FG, 0-1 3PT, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, four assists, and one steal in the Grizzlies’ 112-109 win over the Jazz on Sunday.
Joel E. Ruffin Jr.
Tue, May 25th
Notes 
 After two and a half strong seasons with Memphis, JV will play for the Pels this season in a move that will likely diminish his fantasy value. Valanciunas finished 40th in per-game value last season, as he parlayed career highs in points (17.1), rebounds (12.5), and FG% (59.1) into the best fantasy season of his career. Based on that finish, his ADP is already lofty, and taking him at current ADP in the middle of the fourth round would be drafting him at his ceiling. Playing alongside Zion Williamson, Valanciunas will likely be asked to play more outisde of the paint to help space the floor and open things up for the former. While Valanciunas has been a respectable three-point shooter in limited tries throughout his career, he's not a high-volume outside scorer. Playing further away from the basket could cut into his rebounds and FG% - two of the categories that made him such a value a season ago. Finally, I can't think of a scenario in which JV approaches the 17.1 points he posted a season ago while sharing the court with two high scorers in Williamson (27.0 PPG) and Brandon Ingram (23.8 PPG).
Zachary Hanshew - FantasyPros
Morant is without a doubt one of the highest-upside young talents in the NBA, but is that upside worth an early fourth-round fantasy pick? Morant finished last season outside the top-100 in per-game value thanks to a decrease in his already-poor shooting and negligible increases in scoring, rebounds, and assists. There's a lot to love about a guy who averaged 19/7/4 a season ago, though he has some glaring weaknesses in defensive stats, turnovers, threes, and shooting percentages that make him a risky option in Year 3. Memphis has a backcourt loaded with talent in the likes of Dillon Brooks and De'Anthony Melton and talent across the roster at every position. While Morant will obviously have the ball in his hand more often than not, he's far from the only playmaker on the team. He'll need to clean up his turnovers and improve his efficiency this season if he hopes to live up to the fantasy hype that's been heaped upon him.
Zachary Hanshew - FantasyPros