And I quote from his post-practice interview: I told the coach today, I’m going to come off the bench and work my way back into it. He’s earned the right to stay in the starting lineup. I have no ego. I’ve been out for nine games, I don’t deserve the right to come back and… Read more »
After a tough loss to the Bulls, I had a chance to sit down and go one-to one with NBA insider and Chicago Bulls analyst Sam Smith. Sam writes a regular column for bulls.com that gets daily links to NBA.com, si.com, and espn.com. He is one of the best in the business and here is… Read more »
The PNR defense cannot result in matchups like these! Bulls 102, Raptors 98 Terrible finish to this one as Chris Bosh gets blocked by Joakim Noah on a fadeaway jumper with the Raptors down two. Hindsight is 20/20 but even at the time it made too much sense to go through Bargnani who was having… 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.