What determines a bust? Most would say someone that doesn’t come close to their expectations. I mean, does the fact that Andrea doesn’t know how to rebound or play help defence make him a bust? No. But click the link below to see some examples courtesy of RR member BC Boy that were truly “busts”…. Read more »
A four game west coast trip starting next week then back east to take on some of the Eastern Conference’s powerhouses. Buddahfan asks the question, when the Raptors are down and getting a whopping will they continue to play hard and smart as a team or will they quit and start to play every man… Read more »
Breathe a sigh of relief because the Raptors have won a game. With four road games against Sacramento, Utah, LA Lakers and Portland on the horizon, the first win of the season could have taken a while.
“We seemed like the fat cats and they seemed like a team out there really trying to get a win. It looked like we won the other day and they lost. You could tell the team that really wanted to win tonight — and that was them.” – Byron Scott
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.