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.
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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:
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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.