August 11, 2020, 9:45 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas notched a double-double on Tuesday vs. the Celtics, scoring 14 points (5-of-10 FG) and grabbing 10 boards in the defeat.
Valanciunas had a typical evening by his standards, at least as far as the box score is concerned. The Grizzlies were playing from behind for the entire game though and his impact was minimal. He failed to record a block, the second time he has done so in Orlando (1.1 bpg in 2019-20). The Grizzlies have seemingly forgotten how to play basketball since the NBA restarted, and that's putting it nicely.
August 9, 2020, 5:21 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas was stifled in Sunday's loss to the Raptors, going scoreless on just two shots while committing four turnovers in 27 minutes.
Marc Gasol and the Raptors have shut down plenty of talented bigs in their day and this was just Valanciunas' turn to deal with it. He did still produce 10 rebounds, a steal and a block, so it wasn't a total lost cause. Expect JV to come out firing in the next one, as he had double-doubled in the previous four games before today's dud.
August 7, 2020, 7:12 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas had an easy go of things on Friday against the Thunder, registering 19 points (8-of-11 FG), 11 rebounds, one steal and one block over 24 minutes.
This contest went to the Grizzlies without too much trouble as they finally picked up a victory in the bubble. With Steven Adams out for the Thunder, Valanciunas was able to feast on smaller opposition like Nerlens Noel. He remains a crucial piece for the Grizzlies, even more so with Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) done for the year.
August 5, 2020, 6:09 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
In Wednesday's 124-115 loss to the Jazz, Jonas Valančiūnas posted 21 points and 14 boards on 8-of-17 shooting in 34 minutes.
Valančiūnas continues to be a solid source of points and rebounds with good efficiency. Without Jaren Jackson Jr. (knee) for the rest of the season, Valančiūnas will continue to operate as the primary big on both sides of the court with rookie Brandon Clarke playing second fiddle.
August 3, 2020, 10:12 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas racked up 13 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and a steal in Monday's 109-99 defeat at the hands of the Pelicans.
On the flip side, Valanciunas turned the ball over five times and fouled out after 30 minutes. Double-doubles are nothing new for the big man, who has averaged 14.9 points and 11.1 boards. Brandon Clarke also scored 10 points off the bench.
August 2, 2020, 7:55 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas only picked up four fouls on Sunday against the Spurs, and that allowed him to tally 13 points (6-of-12 FG), 11 rebounds and one block over 28 minutes.
Valanciunas is one of the steadiest options out there right now, and as long as he avoids foul trouble that will not change. He is capable of posting even better lines, and the Grizzlies will continue pouring minutes into him as they attempt to hold onto the last playoff spot in the loaded Western Conference.
July 31, 2020, 8:26 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas struggled with foul trouble in the Grizzlies' first game back in action on Friday in Orlando but was dynamite on offense in his limited action, finishing with 16 points (4-for-4 FG, 1-for-1 3PT, 7-for-8 FT), four rebounds and an assist in just 14 minutes.
Valanciunas had four fouls for the entire third quarter and picked up his fifth foul early in the fourth quarter (with 9:59 left in regulation). He got to the line and knocked down his free throws, which is a big chunk of what he's expected to do for this team. Valanciunas' play seems to complement that of both youngsters Brandon Clarke and Jaren Jackson Jr. so look for all three of them to continue to play alongside each other. The former just needs to stay out of foul trouble. Defensive discipline will come with time as he gets more games under his belt.
July 24, 2020, 5:59 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas got right back to business on Friday against the Sixers, registering 20 points (8-of-13 FG), 11 rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and one block.
The entire team was eager to take the floor in this one, but Valanciunas looked the best of the bunch for the Grizzlies. Putting up 20 points on strong shooting against Joel Embiid and Al Horford is no easy task. It's highly unlikely we see another 1-of-6 performance from the line from JV, who has been at .732 percent for the season.
July 13, 2020, 10:43 amJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas held 5th-round value all season, averaging 14.9 points and 11.2 rebounds per game.
Valanciunas posted the best fantasy season of his career, finishing the year ranked 54/49 in 8/9-cat formats. After an ADP of 69 heading into the season the consistency and value he provided was all an owner can ask for. He was a double-double machine, ending the year in the top-eight in both FG% (59%) and rebounds per game (11.2). For a big man he was decent from the line and was the only player in the league that at least shot 73% from the line, 55% from the field while averaging at least 11 rebounds and one block. He has shown the consistency over the last few years and we expect more of the same to come next season. He could sneak into the top-five rounds in next year’s drafts.
March 11, 2020, 12:28 amJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas continued his run of dominance on Tuesday, dropping 27 points (9-of-10 FG) and adding 16 boards in 35 minutes in a 120-115 loss to the Magic.
He only missed one shot tonight and even added two defensive stats (one block, one steal). Valanciunas can comfortably be slotted in as a starting center in all fantasy formats and should be entrenched in lineups throughout the fantasy playoffs. He is averaging nearly 18 points and over 16 rebounds per game over the past two weeks. He can really gobble up the boards.
March 7, 2020, 11:03 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas was a man among boys on Saturday, leading the Grizzlies to a 118-101 victory over the Hawks with a 27-point (10-of-13 shooting), 17-rebound game, complemented by two assistss and three blocks.
Valanciunas not only racked up yet another double-double but he got this one with extreme prejudice, Terminator-style, establishing dominance in the paint from the get-go and bullying the hapless Hawks all the way. He's been a beast on the glass lately, averaging 14.3 rebounds per game over his last 10.
March 7, 2020, 12:06 amJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas put up another double-double on Friday vs. the Mavs, winding up with 14 points on 7-of-8 FG, 11 boards and an assist in the loss.
Valanciunas has been a fantasy stud yet again this season. He has finished inside the top-80 for the past four consecutive seasons and is once again producing that kind of value. Valanciunas actually ranks 40th over his last 26 games and he needs to be a starting center in every fantasy league in every format.
March 4, 2020, 10:06 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas turned 26 minutes into nine points, 16 rebounds, two assists and a block in Wednesday's easy win over the Nets.
Valanciunas is on a monster tear, grabbing 10, 25, 20, 15 and now 16 rebounds in his last five contests, with at least seven rebounds in every game dating all the way back to January 14. He has eight games of 15-plus boards in that time, compared to just three games with fewer than 10. While the blowout nature of this one limited everyone's lines, Gorgui Dieng was able to get in on the fun with six points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in just 19 minutes. Dieng has managed to maintain late-middle-round value over the last two weeks but will struggle for playing time when Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke get healthy.
March 2, 2020, 10:40 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas had a very efficient double-double in a 127-88 win over the Hawks on Monday, netting 15 points (6-of-7 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), 15 rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.
Valanciunas had nine first-quarter rebounds, but the Grizzlies put the game away early, so he wasn't able to reach the 20-rebound threshold again like he had in the previous two games. His 17.5 rebounds per game over his last four make him look like Andre Drummond minus the defensive stat and terrible free throw percentage. His backup, Gorgui Dieng, had a strong line with 17 points (6-of-8 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), 10 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block in 26 minutes.
February 29, 2020, 11:10 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas dominated the Lakers on Saturday, scoring 22 points on 10-of-15 shooting with 20 rebounds in 31 minutes.
Valanciunas is coming off a 13-point, 25-rebound performance on Friday night and will continue to feast while Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke are out of the lineup. Valanciunas is a top-60 player on the season and will have top-40 upside until Jackson Jr. and Clarke return.