“They don’t. I’m telling you, they really don’t,” he said. “It’s not like I was like Chris Bosh in selling out the city — like the city was horrible or something … making crazy comments about the city.” “(In 2000), it was Toronto or going back home to Orlando. That’s pretty much it. I love… Read more »
A couple days late with this news, but apparently the Memphis Grizzlies have had some scouts in attendance during the last two Raptors home games. Rumour has it that the Grizz are still trying to find a new home for youngster Hasheem Thabeet. I mean sure the Raptors might need a true centre, but should… Read more »
Detroit tonight before the Raptors take a few days off for Christmas. The Raptors have tons of injuries ranging from Bargnani, Calderon, Kleiza, Weems, and Johnson and I’m pretty sure the athletic trainer is also carrying a knock of some sort. Most of them will suit up but we’ll know for sure closer to tip-off.
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.