“I’m very positive about Jonas’ chances in the NBA draft. It’s too early to talk about any predictions, but if he could expect to be a lottery pick if we decided to enter the draft this year,” the agent told LKL.lt. “Most NBA teams are interested in the player, but their level of interest is not the same and depends on how of a pick they might have when it’s time to draft and the individual team’s needs.”
Broga admits that the possible lockout has improved Valanciunas’ chances in the draft and if a new CBA is not approved in time that would mean the player would stay in Europe for another season. According to the agent, Valanciunas himself will make the decision when to enter the NBA when the time comes.
“The fear of a lockout has already made a big impact, as many Americans decided not to take any chances by staying in college for another year. This has lessened the competition for players outside the USA. This particular draft is good for Jonas because of the lack of big men in general. Also, because Jonas is younger than many of his rivals and has more time and space to improve. A lockout would mean Jonas could spend an extra year in Europe and come to the NBA much stronger physically and with more experience,” said Broga.
The agent is clear that NBA is something Valanciunas’ has always dreamed about and it’s a goal for him at this moment.
“Just like there is no soldier, who doesn’t want to become a general, there isn’t a player, who doesn’t want to play in the NBA,” the agent said.