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Coach says development of Valanciunas, DeRozan to alter Raptor offense

Jonas Valanciunas

Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas salutes the crowd after defeating the Boston Celtics in NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Wednesday April 17, 2013. (AP photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)


We’ve been telling you for a couple weeks now that Jonas Valanciunas turned a lot of heads with his play at the Las Vegas Summer League. He got named the Vegas Summer League MVP for a reason.

We we’re the only one who noticed.

Raptors coach Dwane Casey did as well. He said told Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun that the improvements in Valanciunas’ game and DeMar DeRozan’s game were going to alter the Raptors offense next season.

Having Valanciunas quarterback some of the offense from the post takes a little pressure off and should open things up for Rudy Gay and Kyle Lowry out on the perimeter.

All of this has Raptors fans dreaming of the playoffs in the East — and that’s not an impossible dream. They could be in the mix for a 7-8 seed, but we need to see how the team comes together — and how it defends — first.