Alot of hype regarding this kid. That hype will likely increase considerably with the national exposure via the all-star weekend for the dunk competition. Although he’s shown glimpses of greatness, are we as fans pumping him up a little too much?
Things happened on Thursday night, like Ross getting selected for the dunk-off bringing the Raptors representation at All-Star weekend to a singular person, and we also had the Bargnani/Boozer thing break out. All this, and an old face dropped by to say hi and stay for a while.
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.