As RR Member ezz_bee put it so eloquently, “Redundancy” is a red herring: No matter how “similar” a players game is on paper, each player has different tendancies and moves. Different reactions and choices in the same scenario. No matter how similar players are, you have to prepare for them differently. Thoughts?
So DraftExpress has us taking UConn star PG Kemba Walker with the 3rd pick overall in their most recent mock draft. This possibility led RR Member Chr1s1anL to ask the question, are Walker and Bayless redundant? What do you think?
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.