“You told me your game is a little like Chris Bosh who used to play for the Toronto Raptors. How is it like Chris Bosh?”
“I don’t know, I’m, I have not…not so strong body. So I don’t know…I can move fast…” – Jonas Valanciunas
Good afternoon Tim and Sidizens! While I understand Jonas most likely dissed Chris Bosh inadvertently in his response above, I just love the guy for producing unintentional humour – that’s something you can’t teach a player. If you’ve paid any attention or listened to Tim and Sid: Uncut over the last couple of weeks, you’re fully aware that the Toronto Raptors No. 5 selection in this year’s draft, Jonas Valanciunas, has been a topic of interest at times. Even Micallef has tweeted periodically about the kid, giving updates to his 12,000 + followers on how well Valanciunas has been playing in the FIBA U19 World Championships. Since then, he’s had a few games under his belt in attempt to lead Lithuania to a U-19 FIBA World Championship. So to help those looking for information on how he’s doing, I’ve bunched together all his stats and tournament break down into one area. (stats and photos courtesy of FIBA.COM & Eurobasket)
Thursday June 30
vs. Croatia 19 PTS, 13 REB, 5 BLK.
Friday July 1
vs. Korea 25 PTS, 17 REB, 2 BLK.
Saturday July 2
vs. Canada 19 PTS, 9 REB, 4 BLK.
Monday July 4
vs. Serbia 18 PTS, 13 REB, 3 BLK.
Tuesday July 5
vs. U.S.A 30 PTS, 15 REB, 4 BLK.
Wednesday July 6
vs. Egypt 17 PTS, 13 REB, 3 BLK.
Valanciunas’ stats are also very impressive for the 2011 FIBA tourament as a whole among all players including guards, forwards, and centres. Big V. has been an integral part of the Lithuanian team and they currently sit in 2nd place with 10 pts., 1 pt. behind the 1st place United States.
2nd Tournament Scoring Average: 20.7 PPG.
1st Total Points: 127
3rd Field-Goal Percentage: 58.7 %
4th Free-Throw Percentage 83.3 %
(I should note that Jonas has taken the most free-throws (35) of the top 20 players in this category)
1st Rebounds Per Game 13.3 REB.
1st Blocks Per Game 3.5
1st Double-Doubles 5
Again, these are just statistics, information, and numbers that you can digest. If you’re a fan of the Raptors, there’s nothing wrong with keeping up-to-date on how this guy is performing. So no need to tell Uncle Timmy to #calmdown.
Remember to tune in today to a new Tim and Sid: Uncut at 4PM ET on SIRIUS Radio Channel 158. The guys are back from their extended vacation and should have lots to talk about in the world of sports. Until then, take care.