Well seeing how most Raptors fans are “Debbie Downer’s” right now, let play a little game. Who are your picks for being the first to be fired or traded this season? Could we see Triano gone come Christmas time? Perhaps even Colangelo shown the door? And on the trade front, has Evans done enough to… Read more »
Ugh … this definitely isn’t good. Leandro Barbosa told Yahoo! Sports that he’s considering having additional surgery on his right wrist to repair a damaged ligament. He said he has “no power” when he shoots. “I want to wait,” Barbosa said. “But if it keeps affecting my game, I’ll have to [have surgery] for sure.”
It’s been incremental, but there has been improvement in this team as the season progresses. We’re not going to morph into some serious playoff team that will be a pest come the post-season, but things are happening. Also, I should have had Evans dressed at PF in my fantasy league instead of Odom, but the… Read more »
Taking the defending champs to the final possessions of a game is worthy of applause so let me applaud: clap clap clap, clap clap. OK, that warm fuzzy feeling of keeping it close has worn off and instead the rotten stench of defeat has set in.
“They’re a very unorthodox team,” Bryant said. “You’ve got rebounders coming in from all over the place. You’ve got the floor spread, and very athletic guys that are crashing and jumping, so it’s just their style of play.”
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.