The NBA career of last year’s fifth overall choice, Jonas Valanciunas, is underway after he spent last season playing in Europe. He’s averaged 8 points and 7 rebounds in the preseason and has been a defensive presence with 11 blocks in six games, including one tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. A blocked shot here would have prevented this from happening.
It’s all good though, moments like this happen to the best shot blockers. Valanciunas will reject his fair share over the course of the season, it just so happens this time he didn’t.