DeRozan can’t be the last “new” Raptor this year. Before getting into it, I want to welcome DeMar DeRozan into the mix. I am a big fan of the kid. He instantly becomes a big part of the future. Although he is young and raw, he satisfies the starting SG role. In fact, without having… Read more »
Linkage for Jun 29 9am through Jun 30 7pm: Griffin. Rubio. DeRozan. – HoopsVibe Carefoot Doin’ (My) Work | Searching For ’93 Courtside – Boozer staying Utah + I predict where the free agents will go RaptorBlog.com Small Forward Options in Free Agency What About 2009?: Free Agent Factors – NBA Noise Trade Talks Heat… Read more »
Linkage for Jun 26 1pm through Jun 29 7am: RaptorTalk: DeMar DeRozan Is A Gamble Worth Taking 2009 NBA Free Agency Preview: The top unrestricted free agents Hoops Addict » Dunleavy, Bosh And 2010 2006 NBA Draft | Empty the Bench Court Surfing – Introducing DeMar DeRozan Random Draft Thoughts… – Toronto Sports Exchange Jays… Read more »
Globe and Mail According to league sources at least five NBA teams inquired about Parker in the lead-up to Thursday night’s draft, where Toronto took DeRozan ninth overall out of the University of Southern California. The five teams to ask about Parker, a free agent on July 1st, include San Antonio, Boston, Phoenix, Cleveland and… Read more »
Toronto Sun Having already addressed the Raptors deficiency in toughness with the acquisition of Reggie Evans via a trade, Colangelo addressed his club’s other glaring weakness getting a guy who can create his own shot and has no qualms about going through people to get to the rim. Raptors head coach Jay Triano revealed the… Read more »
@DeMar_DeRozan – Toronto here I come. Air Canadas back. After a lot of crazy hype in the hours leading up to the draft (that saw some pretty big names get dealt) the draft itself came and went without a whole lot of action. In fact, after the first 10 picks, nothing really happened. The most… Read more »
Congratulations to Jeffrey (comment 136). You nailed the selection and both tie-breakers. Please send an email to me (altraps at raptorsrepublic.com) from the same email address you used to post your selection and we will get the details to you. Congrats and thanks for the amazing amount of entries.
Linkage for Jun 25 9am through Jun 26 11am: Chaun’s Raptors and NBA blog: Welcome DeMar!! Morning after: Draft thoughts and the new makeup of the Chicago Bulls – Chicago Bulls Confidential Finally, Toronto was rumored to be in love with James Johnson and considering drafting him at #9. Taking Johnson may prove valuable if… Read more »
With the draft only hours away and so much still unresolved, I decided to poll the boys at the office to see who they thought was getting their name called by David Stern in the first hour of tonights draft. Here is what the writers at raptorsrepublic.com had to say:
There will be a live chat here on RR tonight. Feel free to swing by and taunt your fellow readers and earn the chance to say “I told you so” live. RapsFan will be posting a link later today. See ya there. Also, don’t forget to enter our draft contest.
Both Curry and Flynn can play for me (aka the Raptors) Chris Denker: The Toronto Raptors have the #9 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft and the passionate Raps Fans have some strong feelings about who they would take. Which I think is great! Bryan Colangelo and his group have a big decision to make,… 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.