Valanciunas played professionally in Lithuania before being drafted fifth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Raptors. However, he didn't make his NBA debut until 2012-13. He eventually took the court during the first game of the season, playing 23 minutes as a starter and posting 12 points, 10 rebounds and a block. Valanciunas proceeded to appear in 62 games (57 starts), averaging 8.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks, which led to his selection to the All-Rookie Second Team. He set single-game career highs of 24 points, 13 rebounds, five blocks, three assists and two steals. Valanciunas' best effort occurred April 3 during a 10-point win over the Wizards. He started, played 41 minutes and posted 24 points, 10 rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist.2013
In 2013-14, Valanciunas' second year in the league and age-21 season, he started all 81 games he appeared in. That led to career highs in both average points (11.3) and rebounds (8.8). He also racked up new single-game career highs in points (26) and rebounds (21). Valanciunas' best performance of the season occurred April 9 during an 11-point victory over the 76ers. He played 37 minutes and recorded 26 points, 12 rebounds, two blocks and an assist to rack up one of his 25 double-doubles. That effort occurred during his best stretch of the season, which was the 11 games from March 26 to April 14. That span featured an average of 17.1 points on 10.4 shots, 11.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist over 33.5 minutes. Toronto finished with a 48-34 record but lost in Round 1 to the Nets. In the postseason, Valanciunas averaged 10.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.0 block over 28.6 minutes in the seven-game series.2014
Valanciunas started all 80 games he appeared in during the 2014-15 campaign. He set career highs in points per game (12.0), as well as field-goal percentage (57.2, second best in the league). Valanciunas' total rebound percentage of 19.1 ranked seventh highest in the NBA. He also reached single-game career marks in points (31) and steals (three). Valanciunas' best performance of the season occurred Jan. 12 during a three-point loss to the Pistons. He played 36 minutes and recorded 31 points (14-of-15 FG, 3-of-4 FT), 12 rebounds and a block. It marked one of his 22 double-doubles. Valanciunas' best stretch of the season was eight games from March 22 to April 4. He averaged 14.9 points on 11.0 shots, plus 9.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.3 assists over 28.9 minutes of run. Toronto finished the season 49-33, making the playoffs but losing in the First Round to the Wizards. Valanciunas averaged 11.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in 26.5 minutes over the four-game series.2015
A fractured left hand cost Valanciunas 22 games during the 2015-16 season. He didn't play from Nov. 22 through Dec. 26, and he also missed five games after that, mostly in mid-March. However, he still managed a strong campaign, setting career highs in points (12.8) and rebounds (9.1) per game while averaging 26.0 minutes of run. He also ranked sixth in the league in field-goal percentage (56.5), eighth in total rebound percentage (20.1) and eighth in offensive rating (120.4). Valanciunas also collected a new single-game high with seven blocks April 1 against the Grizzlies. Arguably his best overall game of the season occurred Feb. 19 during a 10-point loss to the Bulls. Valanciunas played 33 minutes, recording 25 points, 12 rebounds, an assist and a block. It was one of his 22 double-doubles. His best extended stretch of the season occurred from Feb. 2-22. Across seven games, he averaged 15.7 points on 9.4 shots, 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 assist in 26.1 minutes while not dipping below 10 points, 50 percent shooting, or six rebounds in any game. The Raptors finished the season 56-26, making it to the Eastern Conference Finals but losing to the Cavaliers after eliminating the Heat and Pacers. Valanciunas played only 12 of a possible 20 games due to a sprained ankle, averaging 13.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 26.8 minutes.2016
Valanciunas started all 80 games he appeared in during the 2016-17 campaign -- the third time in his five-year career that he reached that mark. He saw 25.8 minutes per game and averaged career marks in per-game rebounds (9.5) and free-throw percentage (81.1). Valanciunas ranked top 10 in the NBA in field-goal percentage (55.7) and total rebound percentage (20.8). He also set new single-game career highs in points (32) and rebounds (23). His 32-point effort in the 18-point win over the Pistons came on Opening Night, and it was arguably his best game of the campaign. He shot 10-of-15 from the field and 12-of-14 from the charity stripe while also collecting 11 rebounds (six offensive) and one assist. It was one of Valanciunas' 29 double-doubles. The Raptors finished the season 51-32, defeating the Bucks in Round 1 before falling to the Cavaliers in Round 2. Across 10 playoff appearances, Valanciunas averaged 11.2 points and 6.7 rebounds in 22.6 minutes. His best postseason performance came in a Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers. Valanciunas posted 23 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes.2017
Valanciunas started all 77 games he appeared in during the 2017-18 campaign -- his age 25 season. He set a career high in assists per game (1.1) while also averaging 12.7 points and 8.6 rebounds across 22.4 minutes. Valanciunas also took more threes, going 30-of-74 (40.5 percent) from downtown. He ranked eighth in field-goal percentage (56.8) and sixth in total rebound percentage (21.4). Valanciunas' best performance of the season occurred Jan. 26 during a four-point loss to the Jazz. In 27 minutes, he posted 28 points, 14 rebounds (five offensive), four blocks, two assists and a steal. It was one of his 26 double-doubles. Valanciunas' best stretch of the season occurred during a six-game span from March 7-16. He averaged 18.0 points on 11.7 shots plus 12.3 rebounds (4.2 offensive), 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals over 26.4 minutes. Toronto finished the season 59-23, beating the Wizards in Round 1 before losing to the Cavaliers in Round 2. Across 10 playoff games, Valanciunas averaged 14.6 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 assists in 24.4 minutes of run.2018
In his seventh year, Valanciunas would continue to split center duties with Serge Ibaka. Even with less minutes, he produced excellent numbers over the first month by recording 13.9 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 1.1 BPG, 56.9 FG percentage, 80.0 FT percentage. The end of that run - on Nov. 21 - would feature the Lithuanian giant punishing the Hawks with 24 points and 13 rebounds. He dislocated his left thumb during a game on Dec. 12 and the subsequent surgery would keep him out for nearly two months. As a return was approaching, the career Raptor was moved to Memphis on Deadline Day with Marc Gasol going the other way. He dominated in his Grizzlies debut with 23 points and 10 boards. The stats didn't stop for Valanciunas, as the 20.9 PPG, 11.2 RPG, 2.1 APG, and 1.8 BPG across 16 games would prove. His Mar. 27 display proved to be notable as he dropped 34 to go along with 20 rebounds and a season-high five assists. And in 19 contests with Memphis, he'd go on to post 11 double-doubles. Valanciunas's season would end with five games remaining after hurting his ankle versus the Clippers.
June 23, 2011Drafted by the Toronto Raptors in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
July 1, 2012Signed a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors
August 20, 2015Signed a four-year contract extension with the Toronto Raptors
February 7, 2019Traded by the Toronto Raptors with C.J. Miles, Delon Wright and a 2024 2nd round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for Marc Gasol.
July 11, 2019Signed a three-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.