With players acting like high-priced escorts, the two days of free-agency has left many in a bit of a sour mood, myself included. What ever happened to loyalty? The biggest free-agent of our generation, Michael Jordan, didn’t start shopping himself on the market after the Bulls lost to the Magic in the Eastern Conference Finals in 1995, nor did Isaiah Thomas, Larry Bird or Magic Johnson.
As rumours swirl regarding Stoudemire leaving Phoenix for New York, our very own free-agent held a 2 hour and 40 minute long meeting and found the Knicks’ presentation to be the most impressive. In other news, Bryan Colangelo is apparently targeting David Lee who has the Raptors low on his wishlist. Could a sign-and-trade be… Read more »
More ammunition for those who think Chris Bosh’s love affair with media attention gets to be too much. Bosh is doing a documentary about being a free-agent, which is scaring off some teams from signing him. Bosh has responded to the criticism.
Marc J. Spears from Yahoo! Sports’ has heard from a source that the Rockets are offering Ariza, Battier, and free agent Luis Scola to other teams in hopes of acquiring either one of the two big name free-agent PF’s Amar’e or Bosh.
I’m very happy that Amir Johnson is returning to the Raptors, but let’s start with addressing the “overpayment”. Don’t get me – or anyone else who is opposed to Colangelo throwing out money like it’s of the Monopoly type – wrong, but does one season of averaging 6.2 points and 4.8 rebounds warrant this kind of money, or is this contract based entirely on potential and not proven worth?
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.