There is a good chance that if you’ve found this page then you’re playing the Immaculate Grid.
That also means that today’s grid has asked for players that have played for both the New Orleans Pelicans and Toronto Raptors.
And, it also means that you’re probably stuck on this particular box and you’re looking for a little help. Sound about right so far?
Well, good news, you’re in the right place.
I’ve done some research and have found players who played for both the Pelicans and the Raptors.
Jonas Valanciunas is a 6’11” center from Lithuania. He was selected 5th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. He spent his early NBA career with the Raptors, where he made significant contributions as a solid post-scorer and rebounder.
In the middle of the 2018-19 season, Valanciunas was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. He continued to demonstrate his strong skills in the paint and rebounding with the Grizzlies.
In 2021, Valanciunas was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, where he continues to bring his strong interior presence to the team. Over his career, Valanciunas has been recognized as one of the more consistent centers in the league.
*Valanciunas was previously the most popular pick for this square (Grid 2)
Valanciunas Key Stats
- 10+ Rebounds/Game Season (Grizzlies, Pelicans)
Peja Stojakovic was an integral part of the Kings team that was a perennial playoff contender in the early 2000s. His scoring ability, shooting touch, and off-ball movement made him a key weapon in the Kings’ high-powered offense, complementing Chris Webber’s versatile inside game and Vlade Divac’s passing ability.
During his NBA career, Stojaković was a three-time All-Star, and he won the NBA Three-Point Contest twice. His 2002-03 season was his best, as he averaged 24.2 points per game and finished fourth in MVP voting. He won an NBA Championship in 2011 with the Mavericks, providing valuable shooting off the bench during the team’s playoff run.
Stojaković also had a successful international career. He won gold medals with the Yugoslavian national team at the 2001 FIBA European Championship and the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
Stojakovic Key Stats
- All-NBA (Kings)
- All-Star (Kings)
- NBA Championship (Mavericks)
- 20+ Points/Game Season (Kings)
Mike James began his NBA career undrafted, but he managed to break into the league in 2001 with the Miami Heat. From there, he embarked on a journey that saw him play for numerous teams, including the Celtics, Pistons, Bucks, Rockets, Raptors, Timberwolves, New Orleans Hornets, Wizards, and Bulls.
Perhaps the highlight of his NBA tenure came during the 2005-2006 season with the Toronto Raptors, where he averaged a career-high in points and showcased his ability to lead a team as a primary guard. His NBA journey was marked by his adaptability, allowing him to fit into various roles, from starting point guard to a bench contributor.
In addition to his NBA career, James had spells in international basketball, playing in France, Turkey, and Italy, which further underscored his dedication and adaptability to different styles of play and cultures.
James Key Stats
- NBA Championship (Pistons)
- 20+ Points/Game Season (Raptors)
- 5+ Assists/Game Season (Raptors)