HC Dwane Casey Says Jonas Valanciunas is Working on 3-PT Shot
C.J. Miles will not be the only floor spacers the Toronto Raptors will have this upcoming season.
According to Head Coach Dwane Casey, starting center Jonas Valanciunas has begun working on his three point stroke and looks to add the outside shot to his offensive arsenal.
“Jonas is looking real good. He’s working on his three-point shot,” Casey said on Sportsnet Today with Ben Ennis. “He’s taking those steps, and what all those predictions don’t take into account is the individual improvements that I see with our individual players.”
Valanciunas was 1-for-2 from beyond the arc last season and has only taken four three-pointers in his five-year NBA career. The 25-year old Lithuanian is now looking to expand his game and to adapt with the times as the modern day big man is now one who can score both from the inside and the outside.
Whether J.V. becomes a knockdown three-point shooter or not, if he at least stays somewhat consistent, he will automatically will become a threat from the outside, which would allow the Raptors offence to spread out more, incorporate more floor spacing and movement, and ultimately will only benefit the primary ball-handlers on the roster.
Nothing like more space with which to operate for DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry. Especially as Casey hopes to try out DeRozan at the point guard position, the ability for Valanciunas to spread the court, would make the game easier for DeRozan.
Keep working, big fella!