Only one real close call in Round One, which was no real surprise. Looking at how the second round shapes up, I wouldn’t expect too many close calls here either, but the readers of the Republic are always one to surprise.
Are we seriously expecting Andrea Bargnani to rebound this year? I don’t care who else we got on the team, you honestly think we can be a playoff contender with him averaging 5 boards a game…..Chris Bosh is in Africa taming lions, conquering tribes and teaching kids the importance of vowels…..Anybody else expecting Quincy Douby… 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.