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Chad Ford Mocks Jonas Valanciunas to the Raptors at Number Five Overall

18 May 2011 4 Comments
Not again.

I know that is what some of you are thinking.

Its true, we dropped out of the Enes Kanter race by slipping to fifth overall but now pundits like Chad Ford are mocking Jonas Valanciunas to to the Raptors.

Why?

A lot of it has to do with the fact that Bryan Colangelo has openly been trying to create a Euroleague team north of the border but this is just absurd.

Here are Chad Ford’s comments about the pick:

“Many NBA scouts insist Valanciunas could be the best international player in the draft. While Raptors president Bryan Colangelo hasn’t been afraid to gamble on European players in the past, there are concerns about the buyout terms of Valanciunas’ contract — some teams are skeptical that he’ll be in the NBA for the next few years. Still, he appears to be the most likely choice for the Raptors.”

Note: Kanter and Knight are already off the board in Ford’s mock

Now I am not saying that Jonas is not a terrific talent, because I think he is, but to mock Jonas Valanciunas to the Raptors at number five is just a little belittling to Bryan Colangelo’s intelligence.

Yes, all of Raptor nation will gasp when Bryan Colangelo does indeed bring Jonas Valanciunas in for a workout but that just means he is doing his due diligence.

Jonas Valanciunas was not on his five man draft board before we slipped in the draft and there is no reason to think he will deviate from his board with Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker both likely to be available at number five overall.

With that said Jonas Valanciunas is not that bad of a selection…sometime around the eighth pick or later. I think he has way more NBA potential than Jan Vesely who is currently more highly regarded.

Jonas is no Andrea Bargnani and can do everything he can’t, including defend, rebound and attack the basket at will and with ferocity.

This is what I had to say about him in our first annual mock draft where I pegged him to the Suns at thirteenth overall:

“Jonas is a very talented Lithuanian big man who unlike most European players is a solid rebounder and adept shot blocker. He may not get the love of a Jan Vesely but he can be and actually looks like a safer pick, especially at this point of the draft. Valanciunas is a solid finisher around the rim and looks to attack it when given the chance. While he projects as a power forward when he first enters the league, his lack or range and wide frame suggest that once he adds some muscle that he may very well be shifted to the center position.”

I really like Valanciunas as a late lottery pick and I would not fault that Raptors for trading down to select him if they manage to land someone like Jonny Flynn this off-season.

What do you think Raptors fans? Should the Raptors trade down to select Valanciunas or stay at number five for Walker or Knight?

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4 Comments »

  • jamesk said:

    Johnny Flynn? He won’t be in the leauge in two years.

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    Raju aka RaptorCity Reply:

    He had a promising rookie season, got injured ot start last year and than caught up in Kurt Rambis’ idiocy

    He has upside and would fit well with the Raptors

    I know BC has his eye on him

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    Matt Reply:

    Listen up because I know what the raptors should do on draft night…

    Trade Bargnani and the fifth pick to Minnesota for the 2nd pick and wayne ellington with cash.

    Trade the 2nd pick, Calderon and Weems for the Detroit ninth pick along with their first rounder next year with cash.

    Draft Bismack Biyombo ninth overall.

    Use the money aquired and the money remaining on the trade exception before it expires to sign Nene.

    PS… The Raptors should not draft a PG this year so that next year they can draft Canadian Myck Kabongo with one of their first rounders (Toronto and Detroit’s). Being able to draft a Canadian playmaker keeps Demar in line to become the franchise while the Canada’s team gets the next great Canadian PG, “Steve Nash”.

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    Raju aka RaptorCity Reply:

    Hey Matt,

    Well thought out and actually sounds pretty good…for us anyways

    Unfortunately the Pistons would not take Calderon and his toxic contract…he simply makes too much for a backup, especially when you factor in the trade kicker

    I like the way you think though

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