Yes, training camp is almost here. The first sign of the new season is media day, that’s the day when they take those pictures you’ll see for the rest of the year next to box scores, player comparisons and such. They measure their height (in shoes) and weight and re-introduce the team to the local… Read more »
I’ve decided to give up on the Raptors and follow the Knicks as my “favorite team”. This decision came last night after a lengthy and through-provoking discussion with my shrink who advised me to look out for my long-term happiness rather than get mired in the insecurities of the tumultuous near future. He told me… Read more »
So the third jersey was unveiled last night. The migration from purple to anything but purple is now officially complete, there isn’t even a shade of purple anywhere on the Raptors logo, mascot, jersey, shorts or crotch guard. Purple was actually eliminated last year but the new logo caught up to it this year. Black… Read more »
Besides the economy coming to its knees there are other things happening. The most important one being Raptors TV going full (real) HD this season. This means you can watch Paul Jones and Eric Smith copy Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon in the greatest of quality and with the loudest of buzzers. That show is… Read more »
Congratulations to Lexi (I’m assuming that’s her stripper name) for making it to the Raptors Dance Pak. Unfortunately our girl Natalie couldn’t make it but I’m almost positive that 10 years down the road they’ll be doing the exact same thing, whatever that thing is. Most likely it’ll be performing for the Idaho Stampede dance… Read more »
There’s no Raptors stuff going on so lets look elsewhere for infotainment. Starting off with the classic video game Mortal Kombat. Shao Kahn and his coarse soul-sucking voice always echoed in the arenas as the likes of Sub Zero, Scorpion and Liu Kang fought to their ultimate death in a tournament that yielded two Hollywood… Read more »
Been busy for a couple days, got something brewing. Wait for it, its good. Let’s get to some Raptor talk. The official website’s interviewing Anthony Parker and Willie Solomon. We don’t learn much except that Will Solomon’s thinking the contract from the Raptors is a “gift from God”. He sure sounds like a scrub that’s… Read more »
I can’t tell if Charley Rosen is being serious about Chris Bosh in this article because the piece has an air of harshness about it while at the same time having elements of pure truth. You decide. When you rank the top PFs in the NBA the list inevitably narrows down to the likes of:… Read more »
Why not? There’s nothing going on anywhere so it’s time I write the ultimate filler post. Without further ado: Boston: The Celtics trinity are a year older but they’re still only 31, 32 and 33, one could even argue that they’re in their prime. They lost James Posey who was instrumental in their title run… Read more »
The man is a dead-eye shooter who needs an inch or maybe two to get his shot off. Not since Dell Curry have we seen a marksman of his caliber and yet he manages to get lost in the Raptors offense which is designed almost exclusively for the three point shooter. After going through a… Read more »
It’s tough man, it’s tough to not like Jose Calderon’s assist to turnover ratio and insane FG percentage and that’s probably why he comes in at #33 in Fan House’s Top 50 NBA players list. Calderon earned the credit and the contract last year by usurping TJ Ford as the man at the point in… Read more »
Hakeem Olajuwon. It’s the ultimate technicality but its true. There’s also Lenny Wilkens and Isaiah Thomas but Hakeem’s the first one to go in there as a player so that’s something to celebrate, no? The only Hakeem highlight that I can remember is him hitting the turnaround fadeaway jumper at the buzzer in Atlanta 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.