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Jonas Valanciunas

Jonas Valanciunas


Height: 6' 11"Weight: 265 lbsAge: 29Drafted: #5 (1st Rd.)

2021 Outlook

Draft Rank (ECR) C #13
Best / Worst #11 / #24
ADP #1

Roster %



Yahoo C

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 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).

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