Bill Ingram from HoopsWorld is reporting that Minnesota are looking to acquire a true shooting guard this summer and are apparently even throwing their #2 overall draft pick as bait. And the rumoured player they are looking at targeting is our very own DeMar DeRozan. If your Colangelo, do you bite?
Marc Stein of ESPN is tweeting that the Raptors are not limiting their options to the more experienced and venerable head coaches available, and are looking at candidates such as Mike Woodson, Dwane Casey and Lawrence Frank.
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.