Check out the preseason stat comparison courtesy of NBA.com for both Linas Kleiza and Hedo Turkoglu. I think its safe to say that Kleiza will be a refreshing change from the disaster known as Hedo Turkoglu. The proof is in the pudding. Or should I say “stats”.
According Doug Smith Erick Dampier is still a possibility and on the Raptors horizon. But he asks the question, with Reggie’s impressive play during the preseason should Colangelo re-think that. Smith thinks’ “no”. I think lots of Raptors fans might think otherwise. Thoughts?
I suppose the word “gun” didn’t go over well with the politically correct higher-ups at MLSE and they had to settle for something that reminds you of little kids. No matter what you think of the name Young Ones, let’s just agree that Don Draper didn’t come up with this one.
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.