The “what? For $20mil you expect me to jump for a defensive board?” edition. Adams – he enjoys bowling. Bargnani – mediocre at best. You barely even noticed he was there, to be honest. Not surprising when you consider he had a tough time learning Sam’s system and it took him a few years to… Read more »
Live chat here (closed). 98-97 Blazers Final: Chris Bosh becomes the new PG for the Toronto Raptors and goes one on one against Aldridge at the three point line, drives left and throws up a prayer. Sorry, but I’d rather have TJ Ford taking that shot. Goats of the Game: Jose Calderon and Chris Bosh…. Read more »
Download the Opening Tip here. It’s a good one and contains a picture of an NBA girlfriend. Those are always interesting. Brandon Roy’s Blazers are at the ACC tonight and the last time they were here this happened. It was the best game of the year and hopefully we see something similar, at this point… 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.