That was a gamble, but there’s no way you could go without either one of those guys if the game was close in the fourth quarter and it was so deep, I think it was seven or eight minutes to go in the third quarter. Foul trouble got us in a bad way and that… Read more »
He has double-digit rebounds in THREE straight games. He dunked today. He’s only missed TWO layups in six whole minutes of play. So naturally, David Stern has rescinded Brook Lopez’s All-Star spot and given it to All Day Gray.
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.