Via Marc Stein the Raptors waived Stojakovic on Thursday afternoon after completing a buyout of Peja’s$15 million expiring contract. Sources told Stein that the Mavericks secured permission from Toronto last week to speak to Stojakovic’s agent, David Bauman, to see if the former All-Star sharpshooter would have interest in playing in Dallas after his eventual… Read more »
According to ESPN the Raptors have acquired Alexis Ajinca from Dallas and a 2013 second round pick too from the Mavs. In return, Dallas will receive the rights to 2007 second-round pick Georgios Printezis and create a salary-cap exception equal to Ajinca’s $1.5 million salary.
It looked for a while like this could be a repeat of the Dallas game where the short-handed Raptors go to one of the big boys’ house and pull off an improbably win. Taking the 0-10 start out of the equation means the Raptors dominated the first half before crumbling in the third quarter where they handed the momentum back to the Spurs.
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.