The usefulness dolor lumbar derecho y pierna of jonas valanciunas – the barnburner

Jonas valanciunas, upon whom the grizzlies bestowed a three-year, $45 million contract this past free agency, is an NBA dinosaur. His weaknesses, like many other players of his archetype, have been well-documented by coaches and pundits alike.

Thus far in his career, JV has not proven himself to be a competent three-point shooter, as he only averaged one attempt per game and shot dolor lumbar derecho y pierna a paltry 29% from there this past season, according to basketball reference. He surprisingly shot 40% from three in 2017-18, but he absolutely needs a bigger sample size before being dolor lumbar derecho y pierna declared a good shooter from deep (that 40% was only on one attempt per game, the same as ’18-‘19).


Defensively, he can struggle mightily in the pick-and-roll — the NBA’s bread and butter play that most teams run about dolor lumbar derecho y pierna 20% of the time. Jonas’s relative lack of foot speed means that he cannot dolor lumbar derecho y pierna effectively switch or hedge these ball screens, forced instead to drop back and contain drives as best dolor lumbar derecho y pierna as he can. In short, big men with this profile are not supposed to be dolor lumbar derecho y pierna playable in the modern NBA, let alone find success.

Dissecting the weaknesses of JV’s game is a fairly simple exercise (I think I did a decent job of that in dolor lumbar derecho y pierna a single paragraph!), but it would be disingenuous of me not to outline dolor lumbar derecho y pierna his strengths and further explain how players like jonas can dolor lumbar derecho y pierna survive in today’s league, provided that they find themselves in a good enough situation. A very particular set of skills

JV’s most obvious strength is that he is a superb dolor lumbar derecho y pierna rebounder, ranking 10 th in the league in rebounding percentage among dolor lumbar derecho y pierna players who played in at least as many games as dolor lumbar derecho y pierna him. I know that many grizzly fans want to see young dolor lumbar derecho y pierna stud jaren jackson jr. Start playing the five spot, but that much-ballyhooed idea does not make much sense until JJJ gets dolor lumbar derecho y pierna stronger and shows drastic improvement as a rebounder. Until that day arrives, jaren — and the grizzlies as a whole — desperately need JV’s size and rebounding.

In addition to his ability to crash the glass, jonas has great touch for a big, as indicated by his career free throw average of 79%. Free throw shooting is usually a good indicator of overall dolor lumbar derecho y pierna shooting, as we have seen good free throw shooters like marc dolor lumbar derecho y pierna gasol and brook lopez (grizzlies head man taylor jenkins was one of lopez’s coaches last year, by the way) leverage their high percentages from the stripe into long-range marksmanship.

JV does not necessarily have to develop a three-pointer, as he still has value as a post scorer and dolor lumbar derecho y pierna face-up shooter from mid-range. However, I would fully expect the grizzlies’ staff to leave no stone un-turned in their efforts to coax out that long range dolor lumbar derecho y pierna shot. Likewise, they should be cautiously optimistic that jonas’s touch will translate behind the arc. Even the slightest threat of a JV three would do dolor lumbar derecho y pierna wonders to open up the offense around jaren and promising dolor lumbar derecho y pierna rookie ja morant (I’m sure you’ve heard of him).

On defense, JV is not nearly as bad as advertised, as long as he can stay within his comfort zone. FiveThirtyEight’s DRAYMOND defensive rankings, which essentially calculates how much a defender impacts an otherwise dolor lumbar derecho y pierna open shot, has JV ranked 17 th in the NBA over this dolor lumbar derecho y pierna past season. In other words, jonas actually projects as a good defender when he is dolor lumbar derecho y pierna the closest man to the shooter. He does still have those aforementioned struggles out on the dolor lumbar derecho y pierna perimeter, so it’s a good thing that jaren is a swiss army dolor lumbar derecho y pierna knife defender who can help JV out on the outside dolor lumbar derecho y pierna or serve as a weak-side shot blocker when jonas gets beat off the dribble.

We did not really get to see jaren and JV dolor lumbar derecho y pierna play together last year, but I think that having jaren as a frontcourt mate dolor lumbar derecho y pierna will nullify a lot of JV’s perimeter weaknesses and allow him to operate as the dolor lumbar derecho y pierna grizzlies’ anchor in the paint. Jonas is certainly not a great defender, but he has enough juice to be a passable presence dolor lumbar derecho y pierna inside.

Jarret allen (nets), deandre jordan (nets), mitchell robinson (knicks), bam adebayo (heat), wendell carter, jr. (bulls), dwight powell (mavericks), richaun holmes (kings), jaxson hayes (pelicans), clint capela (rockets), hassan whiteside (trail blazers), kevon looney (warriors), montrezl harrell (clippers), rudy gobert (jazz)

These guys are basically more athletic dinosaurs, as they either live above the rim on offense as dolor lumbar derecho y pierna lob threats or smother the opponent on defense with their dolor lumbar derecho y pierna impossibly long arms (montrezl harrell is to me the apex high-energy rim runner, while gobert is of course the premier shot blocker).

JV may find some trouble with the athleticism of this dolor lumbar derecho y pierna group, but in a similar manner as group 1, they will not do a whole lot on the perimeter, making it relatively easy for him to match up against dolor lumbar derecho y pierna them on the inside. Jonas’s only potential issue here would be keeping up with dolor lumbar derecho y pierna the gazelle-like running of the clint capela’s of the world, but he should be right in his wheelhouse facing this dolor lumbar derecho y pierna group.

Serge ibaka (raptors), marc gasol (raptors), dewayne dedmon (kings), myles turner (pacers), lamarcus aldridge (spurs), brook lopez (bucks), kristaps porzingis (mavericks), derrick favors (pelicans), deandre ayton (suns), demarcus cousins (lakers), al horford (76ers)

This group seems pretty weird, but I classify it as either NBA vets who are dolor lumbar derecho y pierna no longer elite (or in the case of guys like dedmon and favors, never were elite) but are still extremely solid, or younger players who have the potential to become elite.

One common denominator between this group is that everyone is dolor lumbar derecho y pierna a reliable shooter from the long two or three, which could give JV some trouble as a defender. Horford, porzingis, and aldridge are just a few of the players whose dolor lumbar derecho y pierna dead-eye shooting could make life difficult for jonas to defend dolor lumbar derecho y pierna by forcing him to step outside of the paint.

Despite this group’s improved shooting compared to the dinosaurs and rim runners/shot blockers, they are a bit of a mixed bag defensively, so JV’s offensive effectiveness will vary from player to player. For instance, jonas may feast on ayton (who was not good on defense as a rookie) but struggle against a premier defender like horford. Although this group would bring its challenges, jonas still has a chance to play with them, especially if he has jaren there to help him manage dolor lumbar derecho y pierna against the greater versatility of these players.

Not a whole lot to say about this fourth and dolor lumbar derecho y pierna final group. These guys are currently the best bigs in the association, so of course they will present problems for every matchup, JV included. He can use his brute strength to battle with guys dolor lumbar derecho y pierna like embiid and vucevic, but the sheer talent of these players is a lot dolor lumbar derecho y pierna for any opponent to overcome. I wish I had more eye-opening insights here, but honestly this is a pretty cut-and-dry case. This group is just GOOD. (for the hell of it, here is a mix of some jokic highlights if you’re in the mood for some beautiful basketball. Go watch it. Seriously.) in conclusion (finally!)

Jonas valanciunas will always be a bit of a matchup-dependent player, but I hope that outlining his strengths and on-court matchups has shown that he can play and even dolor lumbar derecho y pierna thrive against a large portion of the NBA. The current small-ball era seems destined to be the meteor that kills dolor lumbar derecho y pierna the NBA dinosaurs, but stalwarts like JV will not go down without a dolor lumbar derecho y pierna fight. Indeed, the grizzlies have a desperate need for jonas’s rebounding, post-up scoring, and paint defense.

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