You know it happens every year. A player is selected with high praise and a couple years later fans are left wondering how did that other guy slip past them? Raptors Republic staff member Apollo is wondering how Davis will stack up against the players drafted after him.
More trouble off the court for the once pursued Matt Barnes. Considering his latest exploits and Colangelo’s knack of avoiding troubled players, did the Raptors dodge a big ole’ bullet this summer with the falling through of our two year offer to Barnes?
Jarrett Jack did an interview with the Hangtime Blog via NBA.com and discusses this year’s team and its outlook. Jack feels that unless the team makes a good trade between now and when training camp opens that that Raptors won’t be a legitimate team in the Eastern Conference. Come check out what else he had… Read more »
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.