Raptors’ Valanciunas wins Summer League MVP

July 23, 2013, 9:33 AM

Toronto Raptors forward Jonas Valanciunas has been named the 2013 NBA Summer League’s Most Valuable Player.

The 21-year-old averaged 18.8 points and 10 rebounds per game on 56 per cent shooting in four games played in Las Vegas.

Valanciunas was also named to the All-NBA Summer League Team. Joining him is Golden State Warriors guard Kent Bazemore, Milwaukee Bucks big man John Henson, plus Jeff Taylor and rookie Cody Zeller of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Bazemore’s Warriors captured the inaugural Summer League title with a 91-77 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Monday.

Toronto was eliminated from the single-elimination tournament by Phoenix in the quarterfinals. Valanciunas didn’t play in the game as he sprained his left index finger in the Raptors’ previous game.

The seven-footer was expected to be shut down by the team before the minor injury.

Valanciunas entered Summer League coming off a strong rookie campaign, earning NBA All-Rookie Second Team honours for his 8.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game averages in 62 games played in the 2013-13 regular season.

New Raptors signing Dwight Buycks led Summer League in scoring, averaging 23 points per game.

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