RR member “hateslosing” brings up a good question: If Dwane Casey is made our head coach, do you think we could use Ed Davis the same way that the Mavs have used Tyson Chandler? Roughly the same size and same skill set with Ed perhaps having more potential long term, but what do you guys think?
As per RR member charlz’ post: “Most Raptor Republic faithful like the idea of Kemba Walker being taken @ number 5, but for those who dont/didn’t because of his size – are you now more open to it after seeing how dynamic Barea was on the NBA’s biggest stage?” What you guys think? Come and discuss.
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.