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Pelicans’ Jonas Valanciunas drops truth bomb on adapting to survive in NBA

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New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas has opened up about the motivation behind his sudden insane three-point shooting.

Adapting has become a necessity in today’s NBA and Pelicans’ Jonas Valanciunas is well aware of it. Now playing his 10th season in the league, the big fella has found a new haven–the three-point area.

Valanciunas has been in the zone lately and his three-point shooting game reached its crescendo during the Pelicans’ 123-104 win over the Los Angeles Clippers, having nailed seven 3s in the first half to tie the franchise record set by Peja Stojakovic and Ryan Anderson for most triples in one half.

Lifting the lid on the subject, the Pelicans big man confessed that his decision to work on his three-point shot was primarily about survival.

For Valanciunas, he has learned that one way for a “big guy” to last in modern day NBA is by becoming a lethal shooter.

“The big guy is evolving by being able to stretch the floor and shoot the 3,” Valanciunas said via NOLA.com. “Being able to handle the ball. Those things, I wanted to add to my game as well. I don’t want to disappear. I want to be successful in this league. Whatever it takes to be successful.”

“One night it goes really well,” he explained. “One night it’s not going that great. I’m still adapting. It’s the first full year I’m really relying on the 3-point line. My game was always down low, and additionally, I space out and shoot the 3. Now, I’ve probably spent about 50% of my time on the 3-point line. I’m still picking my spots and trying to figure out my timing and spacing. But I hope I’m going to be really comfortable with that.”