We tempered our excitement over Jonas Valanciunas’ Summer League dominance because of the level of competition he was going up against in Vegas, so dominating Sweden in a friendly pre-tournament warmup ahead of September’s FIBA Eurobasket isn’t going to send us into a frenzy (though the actual tournament should prove a good test).
But don’t blame JV for simply dismantling the weak opposition thrown in front of him. Any time Valanciunas posts a stat-line of 21 points on 7-of-7 shooting (7/9 from the free throw line) to go with eight rebounds (six offensive) and a block in 20 minutes, and there’s footage of said performance, we’re going to post it.
If those Swedish bigs didn’t know who they were dealing with, perhaps their best course would have been to tread lightly.
Now go buy a Valanciunas-endorsed Prestigio MultiPad.