As per Raptors.com: “The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have signed guard Sundiata Gaines to a 10-day contract.” Like Bonnie Tyler once sang, we’re holding out for a hero. Is Sundiata that “hero”? Likely not, but news nevertheless.
I suppose this is what rebuilding is all about: fighting hard but making mistakes and hopefully learning in the process. Last night a relatively healthy Raptors squad again showed us glimpses of what they are capable of, and just when you were about to commend them for a job well done, they reminded you that this is a work in progress and that there’s a lot to be learned by everyone.
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.