Who do you guys think will be leading this team in scoring next season? Most think Bargnani will, but Kleiza and DeMar are high on people’s list too. Perhaps Weems could break through with a big season and let’s not forget about Barbosa who’s proven to be a more than capable scorer during this tenure… Read more »
Well for fans that were hoping the “Young Gunz” brand to stick, it won’t be happening. I mean, amongst us the fans it will of course, but the league won’t allow the Raptors to market the Young Gunz (aka YGZ®) in general.
If Sonny Weems gave an interview during the regular season we’d take a glance at it and five seconds later the browser tab would’ve been closed. But, it’s the summer and quotes more than 140 characters are extremely rare, so we’ll parlay that it into a post for this Sunday.
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.