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Jonas Valanciunas: Expected To Earn Starting Gig

Update: Valanciunas appears set to earn the starting center job heading into the regular season, the Toronto Sun reports.

Recommendation: There was some speculation that the Raptors would open the season with veteran Aaron Gray at center, but an impressive preseason has given the 20-year-old Valanciunas a firmer grasp of the starting job. Though he might not see major minutes from the outside given his youth, by the end of the season, expect to see Valanciunas carve out a greater role in the offense.

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