The Toronto Raptors got some good news from the Eurobasket 2015 tournament, starting center Jonas Valanciunas and a player they hold the NBA rights to Nando De Colo were named to the All-Star Five.
Lithuania center Jonas Valanciunas also earned his first All-Star Five Presented by Tissot selection after contributing 16 points and 8.4 rebounds per-game, despite suffering with illness earlier in the competition.
France’s Nando De Colo completed the fantastic five after playing a starring role in the hosts’ run to the bronze medal. The 28-year-old averaged 13.1 Points and 5.2 rebounds per-game as he revelled in the increased responsibly on his shoulders.
Valanciunas was the only NBA player on Lithuania’s roster and was his team’s prime offensive weapon, but De Colo stood out over a bevy of teammates playing in the NBA for France including the Spurs Tony Parker and Boris Diaw, Nuggets Joffrey Lauvergne, Magic Even Fournier and Jazz Rudy Gobert. De Colo led his team in scoring and was third in rebounds and assists.
Valanciunas signed a four year $64 million extension this summer with Toronto. De Colo was acquired by the Raptors from the Spurs two seasons ago but signed in Europe after Toronto made him a restricted free agent by issuing a qualifying offer last summer. Toronto issued another qualifying offer this summer to maintain their player rights.