Toronto Raptors Wives and Girlfriends (WAGS)

04/17/14
 

Jonas Valanciunas' wife Egle Acaite

 

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Jonas Valanciunas' wife Egle Acaite is a good old-fashioned Lithuanian beauty. Blonde, slender, and a shopaholic (she maintains a shopping website to track which items she's bought and which items she wants), 24 year-old Egle will suffice as a trophy if the Raps can't get an actual one. To be fair, the championship trophy and Egle Acaite aren't mutually exclusive, and who wouldn't be happy to have a devoted fashionista as a wife? Mr. Valanciunas can now have his giant-sized suits made with distinction and style.

Jonas (pronounced Yo-nas) got himself noticed by NBA scouts for basically being the best young Lithuanian player in the world and leading them to a slew of FIBA championships in under-16, under-18, and under-19 classes. When he got drafted by the Raptors 5th overall in 2011, he started most of the games he was available and has since become a cornerstone for the team, averaging 11 points, 9 boards, and shooting a terrific 53%. Twenty-one years old, folks- it's money in the bank for Toronto if he improves his low-post game and builds on his foundation.

Big V was charged with drunk driving a little over a week ago. Everybody makes mistakes, and the day after he was charged, he apologized to his teammates and went out to score a career-high 26 points to beat the Sixers. According to Toronto National Post, Kyle Lowry has said that Jonas has become "much more aggressive. Much more hungry. He wants the ball. Tonight he was literally yelling at me to give him the ball. And I've got to do nothing but give him the ball, because he's our big fella." Egle Acaite agrees, Kyle.

04/14/14
 

Kyle Lowry's wife Ayahna Cornish-Lowry

 

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Kyle Lowry and his wife Ayahna seem like they have an awesome relationship. Imagine being a professional NBA point guard and being married to a woman who could reasonably compete with you in a game of one-on-one. That’s right, Ayahna Lowry (formerly Ayahna Cornish) was a serious court talent in her own right.

The two are childhood sweethearts and have a son named Karter, who, endowed with superhuman basketball genes, will likely become a hyper-talented hoops prodigy. Kyle and Ayahna attended the same high school, where Ayahna set the all-time scoring record. While Kyle grew as a college baller at Villanova, Ayahna was busy scoring 1600 points at St. Joseph’s, leading her squad as captain and being named SJU MVP.

Kyle has developed into a leader for the Toronto Raptors, and his relationship with Raptors head coach Dwayne Casey is apparently quite strong. According to Yahoo Sports, when asked whether he had any issues with Casey coming in as coach, Lowry responded, “I’ll play my ass off for him.” That’s what a coach wants to hear! Casey has compared Lowry to Gary Payton (whom he knew from being an assistant coach with the Sonics). Like Payton, Lowry used to blow up on players if they made mistakes, but he now has learned to temper his frustration and communicate. Kyle's wife would likely understand. It must be something to be able to relate so directly with your spouse about competitive basketball.

02/12/14
 

DeMar DeRozan's girlfriend Kiara Morrison

 

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DeMar DeRozan is one of the bright spots for the suddenly less woeful Toronto Raptor.   And while things have been going well for the team on the court, DeMar DeRozan's girlfriend Kiara Morrison has been providing that same stability off the floor.

Off the floor, DeRozan's been on solid run. DeMar DeRozan has been dating Kiara Morrison since attending USC together where they both played basketball. The couple just had their first child in 2013, while also getting engaged the same year. Kiara is known to bring their daughter to Raptors games rocking a #10 onesie with a "Baby DeRozan" nameplate.

Sunday's All-Star game will be another domino in a successful run on the floor. After being drafted at #9 overall in 2009, DeRozan quickly became known for his high flying dunks. In 2011, he finished second to Nate Robinson in the Slam Dunk contest by a final vote of 51% to 49%. DeRozan has stayed in Toronto where his career has blossomed beyond highlight reel dunks, culminating with his 2014 reserve nomination.