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Jonas Valanciunas was announced as the best Lithuanian basketball player of 2021.

Jonas Valančiūnas

Jonas  Valančiūnas
Team: New Orleans Pelicans
Position: C
Age: 29
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 116 kg
Birth place: Utena, Lithuania

New Orleans Pelicans center retrieved such title after a four-year break. The last time Valanciunas won this award was in 2017. It was the fifth time Valanciunas was announced as the best Lithuanian basketball player of the year.

"It's a big honor, Valanciunas said in the press release. "It's my fifth award, thanks for voting and believing in me. I'll see you on the court."

Valanciunas received 3842 votes. Domantas Sabonis came in second with 3436 votes, while Rokas Jokubaitis finished third (1424 votes).

Valanciunas was the main Lithuanian national team force in the Olympics Qualifying tournament in Kaunas, where he averaged 16.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 23.0 EFF.

This season, JV averages 18.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 2.5 assists for the Pelicans.

Voting results:

  1. Jonas Valanciunas – 3842 votes
  2. Domantas Sabonis – 3436 votes;
  3. Rokas Jokubaitis – 1424 votes;
  4. Marius Grigonis – 761 votes;
  5. Lukas Lekavicius – 641 votes.
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