Hedo Turkoglu has again spoken about how he was misused in Toronto. “I wanted to be making plays, a facilitator…instead I was used in a different way in both of those situations…they tried to use me as a guy off the ball…I tried to do my best in those situations. But it wasn’t me…what I… Read more »
Rebuilding or not, injuries or no injuries, it’s disappointing to lose and you’d think that as a Raptors fan you’d be used to it by now, but it still stings. It does sting a little less because of the 1000mg rebuilding pill which we all take daily (side-effects include nausea, shortness of breath and a general distaste for anything to do with Leo Rautins).
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.