Toronto Raptors 106, Philadelphia 76ers 97 Seriously, we do. A pretty nervous win over a pretty bad team who managed to stay in the game only because we don’t have a single guy on the squad who would have the balls to face Reggie Evans in a back-alley late at night. Samuel Dalembert’s impression of… Read more »
Check these hoop-related links for October 29th through October 30th: Stern in conversation with Lawrence Pedowitz – Hee hee hee Marbury crossing over Yao – Remember this? My favorite part is the bench’s reaction. Scoop Jackson’s NBAipedia – Not the biggest Scoop fan, but a fun read nonetheless Pat Burke’s Hair Restoration Tonic – Proof… Read more »
By 6pm today one of Jamario Moon, Luke Jackson, or Juan Dixon will no longer be a Raptor. Sliced from the roster like a cancerous mole, the player (or playa) to be cut has been a contemptuous debate between Raptors fans and Real Gm blowhards alike all preseason. In face, to say that the news… Read more »
Check these hoop-related links for October 24th through October 27th: http://www.garbage-time.com/ – Bulls fan pleads John Paxon to trade their philanthropic British gentleman for a megalomaniac racist. Damon Stoudamire to Start for Grizzlies – Over/under on games before Lowry takes over? 12.5 The Gilbert Arenas Paintball Story – You don’t need to be an NBA… Read more »
Raptors Fanfest was Sunday’s second thing to do after watching pathetic Liverpool get lucky and tie Arsenal. First time ever at the event and it was what I’d expected. Some nice (and fairly lame) Raptors contests such as a three point shootout, skills competition and some nice talk from the players. The same old ‘thanks… Read more »
The game last night was a telling example of the cruel, fleeting joke that is NBA success. A combination of favorable match-ups, superior teams choking, Lebron’s very broad shoulders and three drops of David Stern’s sorcerer blood landed Cleveland in the Finals last year. They reacted the same way the rest of the NBA did:… Read more »
Checked this one at the ACC to the tune of a crowd of 15,830, a number ridiculously high considering the game means as much as Maceo Baston’s late cameo. I suppose it’s the Lebron Factor plus last season’s success. What you might not know if you saw this on TV was that other than timeouts,… Read more »
I’m pumped. After a long, boring summer, I finally get a chance to see Mop Girl again (it’s small, but it’s all I got). And, of course, the Raptors. It’s been way too long since I last climbed into my seats at the ACC and spilled beer on the bald guy in front of me,… Read more »
Exactly a week to go till tipoff, Raptors vs. Philly to be more precise. Nothing in the news except people bitching and moaning about who should start at the small forward spot. Nobody appears to really want the job, if they did they’d perhaps put back-to-back solid games and make the decision a little easier… Read more »
Check these hoop-related links for October 20th through October 23rd: The “All-Suspended Team” on Opening Night – Sweet Mary Magdalene, check out that lineup. I bet they could beat the Sixers… Top 10 Crybaby moments in Sports – This is pretty fun. It’s not all basketball, but if you’re looking to waste five minutes before… Read more »
Seriously. I really think, in a game of one-on-one to 11 (my magic number), winners ball, all baskets worth one, that I could beat Derrick. Is that insane? I’m confident that playing him tight to his left with some hard-nosed defence would give me the edge. I mean, I’m not great, but I’m not bad,… Read more »
Check these hoop-related links for October 17th through October 19th: Converse React Commercial w/ Larry Johnson – Favorite basketball commerical EVER. Totally destroys Lil Penny. Shaq vs. Brad Miller – Brad Miller is an instigator. And a bad player. ESPN – U.S. marshals arrest ex-NBA journeyman Clark – NBA – Keon Clark is going to… Read more »
This I can explain. His low usage rate when he is on the floor minimize his impact on team stats, such as team O/D rating and even plus minus (since that stat also accounts for the other members of the rotation. However, when he is being used, his individual stats, or the stats that are only dependant on his contributions, he looks pretty good, pretty great even.
Basically, like what everyone else has been saying, it comes down to usage rate. Involve him enough in the offense and there's no reason why his individual efficiency won't be reflected in the team stats.
Now here's where you might say "but the raptors lose more when he shoots more than average, so the usage rate argument doesn't hold up". That's a fair point, but I would argue that Jonas often gets those extra field goals when A) the guards are putting up a ton of bricks and Jonas is cleaning the glass, or B) he's a last resort after its clear that the other scoring options aren't working. In both scenarios, the team as a whole is playing below average, so it makes sense that they would win a lower percentage of games.