During an interview segment with RaptorsTV yesterday Jay Triano mentioned that Jose’s injury that he suffered in Spain’s friendly match versus the US prior to the FIBA championships this summer is still bothering him. That being said, do most fans expect another injury plagued season from Jose or is this just a little bump in… Read more »
With Joakim Noah and the Chicago Bulls agreeing on a five year extension, does this reaffirm that Amir’s extension this summer wasn’t so bad after all? Or do most still feel we overpaid Amir and Noah got what he deserved with his $11 million/year offer?
Linas Kleiza is a scorer, pure and simple. I thought he was the best player on the floor (and, again, it was a scrimmage against each other) but he got his stuff in the flow of the game, didn’t force things and knocked down his shots.
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.