We the asked the question, why is it that our men’s basketball program continues to disappoint year in, year out? Is it the players, the coach or the program as a whole? I don’t get it. There’s no reason why we should be this bad. How can we fix it?
Here’s the TV breakdown for Raptors games next season. TSN will cover 23 games, TSN2 will do 24 games, Sportsnet will do 12 games and the Rogers exclusive Sportsnet One will cover 23 games next season. For the full schedule click here.
Hoopsworld contributor Steve Kyler seems to be one of the very few NBA media types who are somewhat optimistic with this young and fresh faced Toronto Raptors team. Check out what he had to say about them in his chat this afternoon.
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.