Jonas Valanciunas With The Off-The-Backboard Alley-Oop (Video)

jonas valanciunas alley-oopAs a Toronto Raptors fan, I wasn’t all that impressed when the team used their fifth-overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft to pick Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas.  After all, there were still some big-name NCAA players on the board, like Kentucky’s Brandon Knight and UConn’s Kemba Walker.

But then Valanciunas averaged an impressive 23 points, 13.9 rebounds and 3.2 blocks in 31 minutes of action per game, while leading his country to the gold medal at the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship in Latvia, and earning himself Tournament MVP honors in the process.  Suddenly, I found myself feeling a lot better about the Raptors’ 2011 first-round pick.

And on Tuesday, during an Olympic tune-up against Iceland, Valanciunas provided us with this incredible off-the-backboard alley-oop.  And now I suddenly find myself feeling even better about how the Raptors used that 2011 fifth-overall pick.

Check it out:

It may be safe to say that for the first time since the Vince Carter era, us Raptors fans finally have something, or someone, to get excited about.

Hat Tip – [Ball Don’t Lie]

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