For those that know me, I’ve made no secret that I have a soft spot for the Bobcats. Can’t explain other than everytime I’ve seen them play, they put effort into their game and they genuinely look like they’ve been gutted when they lose. That said, they should weigh somewhere between 80-100lbs by now.
Rockettes 124, Raptors 112 – Box Houston shot the lights out from downtown like it was NBA Live 95 and Pops Mensah-Bonsu wreaked havoc on the inside like it was personal. It all added up to a win for the Yao Ming slash Tracy McGrady-less Rockets tonight. That and the fact Jay Triano made no… 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.