The “most boring game ever” edition Bargnani – rough night for the (giggle)#1 pick. He was as hot as ice cubes in the Arctic. He did knock some down late, but early on he was as ugly as Popeye Jones. No fouls, though. Pop them bottles. Bosh – that look at the end of the… Read more »
This is a TSN2 game and stream links will appear under “Latest Web Articles” as game time approaches. The Live Chat which starts at 7:30PM also has a few in there. You can download the Opening Tip which tells you about Tayshaun Prince’s Hollywood career. Raptors are in Detroit tonight trying to either get this… Read more »
Michael Grange was in Detroit for Game #44 against the Pistons tonight and he took some time out to talk Raptors ball. He gave us his take on what Colangelo should do and his thoughts on Bosh’s fourth quarter play, our wing situation, Jason Kapono’s unfortunate signing, Jermaine O’Neal not being on the bench, 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.