So “The Round Mound of Rebound” says that the Raptors have no chance of finishing any better than last place in our division. Agree or disagree? Shouldn’t he just worry about his campaign for Governor of Alabama in 2014 instead of making predictions?
Since his contract is coming due and there is some discussion about keeping him. What are players similar to him getting? Do we overpay in the hopes of him reaching his potential? Do we do something short term? Do we test his RFA status? 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.