With all the talk surrounding Emeka Okafor and his contract and whether or not this is the best option available for Toronto right now, Raptors Republic Member Raptor4Ever shares his thoughts on who else is out there that can fill the role. Come check out his list of suggestions.
Raptors Republic Staff Member Apollo shares his projected starting line-up and depth chart for next season’s Toronto Raptors. That’s assuming that Colangelo is done dealing. How do you see the lineup come this fall?
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.