RapsFan drops by as we walk through the roster at the mid point of the season and play a little game of love ’em or leave ’em. We revisit the off-season acquisition of Antoine Wright and explore the rumours surrounding Josh Howard’s desire to come north of the border.
Last game before the All-Star break. First time we’ll see Reggie Evans trot his intimidating hulk of a self across the ACC floor. You can bet he’ll dive at the first ball he sees even though it’ll be a rebound that’ll be coming to him anyways. He’s hungry for minutes and looking to prove that he deserves them. There’s no reason for Triano to tinker with the lineup given our recent success, so Evans has to work very hard to convince Triano that he’s more than the ugliest cheerleader the Raptors employ.
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.