Toronto Raptors: Five best centers in franchise history

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TORONTO, ON – JANUARY 17: Jonas Valanciunas
TORONTO, ON – JANUARY 17: Jonas Valanciunas /

Jonas Valanciunas

With the ability to still improve his career resume, Valanciunas already ranks comfortably as the number two center in franchise history (Granted moving to number one seems like a stretch at this point).

After being drafted 5th overall in the 2011 draft, Valanciunas has been with the Raptors for six seasons. He has been productive all six of them. Even though he has been a good player since his rookie season, Valanciunas has still managed to improve just about every year.

Last season Valanciunas posted career highs in points, rebounds, and assists per 36 minutes. Valanciunas managed to do this while having his most efficient season from the field (59-percent EFG%) .

Over the course of his career he has averaged 11.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per game and has been a consistent starter for the only sustained success in franchise history.

Perhaps the most impressive part of Valanciunas’ career with Toronto is his ability to remain relevant despite the changing NBA. As centers across the NBA disappear, falling extinct to the new modern, pace-and-space era, JV has adapted his game.

He has become a respectable passer, developed a three-point shot, and improved his feet enough to stay on the court. Valanciunas is expected to remain the team’s starter for the foreseeable future and is a center the team is happy to have.