I’ve never been a firm believer in starter versus reserve controversies. When TJ Ford and Jose Calderon battled for point guard supremacy here in Toronto, I wrote about it because I felt obligated, not because I truly cared. I understand that, to players and some fans, starting is of the utmost importance; you are first string, you are the team’s representative at that position, you are, for lack of anything more clever, the starter.
Well, a couple consecutive losses and some fans are again calling for Triano’s head. Some questionable moves (or lack there of) of recent that aren’t sitting well with some fans leading them to want change. So, are we jumping to conclusions again too soon by calling for a change at the head coaching spot, or… Read more »
Today’s game has the potential to be a rough one for the Raptors. You remember them right? They’ve hurt us like that a couple times, wasn’t just a one-time thing. I checked in with Bret LaGree from Hoopinion about the Hawks and today’s matchup: It seems as though all the Hawks wins have come against… Read more »
“A lot of young cats,” Shaquille O’Neal said, “disrespect the legends out there. Amir scored and he had a good game last time so he was actually talking like he was a player and Kevin took that personal as he should.”
This wasn’t a humiliation of epic proportions, and that’s a good enough starting point when talking about the Raptors in Boston. As a Raptors fan you walked away from this game knowing that the overall effort was good, the team made a proper stand, and if it weren’t for two stretches where the Raptors shot themselves in the foot, things might have turned out differently, or at least the finish would have been tighter.
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.