RR member tbihis asks with 7 losses in 8 games, 6 straight, is there a change brewing in the horizon? Should…… Jose start? Jack play 4th quarters? Weems start? Amir start? I dont know if now is the time to push the panic button and tinker the depth chart, if not, how many more games… Read more »
It’s already reaching the point where you look at the losses piling up, and they start resembling shiny, gleaming lottery balls. Yes, the Raptors level of play against some of the tougher teams in the Western Conference may have given reason to think this game was for the taking, but in light of last night’s performance, it’s possible that those teams took the Raptors lightly and played down to their level.
We’ve noticed more playing time for Julian Wright as of late, which seems to have pleased some of our fans. RR member grindhouse asks the question on whether or not he should be considered as a starter. As per some of his observations, Julian appears to be making all the right decisions when on the… Read more »
If defensive-ball is your thing, then this game was must-see TV. It fittingly ended with Stephen Jackson making a defensive play on Andrea Bargnani after Jay Triano’s poorly constructed “play” was easily countered by a Charlotte defense that appeared more amused than anything.
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.