The “Sean Marks!?!?” edition. Adams – MC Stumpy was last seen doing…well…nothing. Bargnani – DJ Don’t Blame Me, He’s The One Who Took Me #1 Overall showed flashes today of the improvement he displayed earlier in the season. His shooting was off, but he was more active. Again, if it took him 2 seasons to… Read more »
Jake Voshkul will be signed by the Raptors. Tyson Chandler is out with a stiff neck. There’s a pretty crazy rumour floating out there, it looks like BS but still… 99-91 NO Final: Too much Chris Paul setting up three point shooters: Rasual Butler with 16, James Posey with 20/10. David West outplays Chris Bosh… Read more »
It’s an early 12:30 PM start today against the Hornets so we’ll keep this short since we’ll be doing some proper live blogging for the game not too long from now. Check out the Opening Tip to find out how David West stays in shape during the off-season.
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.