“If you trade a great player, you’d better get a whole lot in return because there are so few of those guys,” Phoenix Suns GM Steve Kerr said. “It’s a lot easier to add to the base that you’ve already got and reshuffle the exterior people than break up the whole thing and trade a dominant player.”
Chris Bosh is apparently not even talking to the Raptors which means Bryan Colangelo needs to get his sign-and-trade game-face on. The good news is that he’s pulled off one pretty decent sign-and-trade deal in the past.
Big name free-agents are always wooed the most by their own teams. This year the Miami Heat started a website dedicated to keeping Dwayne Wade in town; in Cleveland students have launched a campaign to keep LeBron James; in contrast, there’s little going on in Toronto to keep Chris Bosh.
This week on The Doctor is In, ESPN TrueHoop Editor, Kevin Arnovitz, drops by to talk about the NBA playoffs, free agency, the Raptors need for improved defense, Chris Bosh’s impact (if any) and all things NBA.
Toronto Sun At the Euroleague, Raptors vice-president Maurizio Gherardini held court with a few Euro-based media outlets and basically said what many had been anticipating, sharing his thoughts on the changing landscape of the team. “My impression is that we will have four or five new players for the next season” he said. This past… Read more »
Toronto Sun Mitchell coached the Raptors for four full seasons and was the NBA coach of the year in 2006-07. He was fired 17 games into the 2008-09 season. "Sam has been a successful head coach in the league, having been named coach of the year in 2007, and we were very interested in speaking… Read more »
As teams bow out of the NBA playoffs, one of the first reactions I have is thinking about what they might do next year in order to get better. The second thought I have is whether the Raptors can sneak in there and help them out while strengthening their squad as well.
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.