2008 means the Raptors can finally return to the snow-covered tundra that is Toronto after a grueling seventeen day road trip. Overall, I’d have to classify it as a relative success, though there were some nasty moments that could have tipped the scales in the other direction. To recap: W against LAC (One big goofy… Read more »
Toronto Raptors 97, New Orleans Hornets 92 When I was shooting for a 3-4 road trip I did not expect the scalps to come in San Antonio or New Orleans. Like most I thought we’d pick up wins in Los Angeles, Seattle and maybe one of Portland or Houston, but these are the Raptors and… 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.