The “return of dumb and dumber” edition Banks – I don’t care if Jose and Roko were taken out by snipers, there is absolutely no reason to have Banks on the floor outside of garbage time, let alone the first half. Bargnani – do you think The Future looked at that headband wearing loser in… Read more »
Linkage for Mar 5 6pm through Mar 7 8am: Fat lady warming up | Toronto Sun Pops makes impact | Toronto Sun TheStar.com | Raps can live without O’Neal and his salary TheStar.com | Raptors get scorched by Wade, Heat sports.theglobeandmail.com: Wade rips Raptors FAN590 – Wade Heats Up Toronto Big Pops has some Hops!… Read more »
We’d like to thank Birdman – a true YouTube talent – for making us a little Raptors highlight mix. Technically speaking, there haven’t been many highlights this season but that hasn’t stopped his creative juices from spilling out:
It’s Friday, and I know you ain’t got no job, you ain’t got sh*t to do, so: 1) Of the final 20 games on the schedule, which one (if any) are you most looking forward to watching? 2) Which former Raptor currently on a playoff team do you think will make the most impact come… Read more »
The Reckoning Mensah-Bonsu will be taking over the bench spot vacated by Nathan Jawai after being released by the Spurs so they could sign Drew Gooden. Not sure what this does for us basketball-wise but its a move which could allow us to reduce Bosh’s minutes as the season winds down. The Raptors apparently had… 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.