On the dunk contest: “It’s crazy. People were giving like unrealistic things to do,” Ross said. “You can’t always do it. It’s hard. It’s tricky. It’s tricky. “Somebody asked me to like tap both sides of the backboard and do a 360 [degree] windmill … like NBA Jam-type things you’d never be able to do.”
TABROTD -Today’s Andrea Bargnani Rumour of the Day. Looks like from now till the 21st of February trade deadline we’ll see plenty more of these goodies. So for today’s one, any thoughts on Bargs for Ersan? Yay or Nay?
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On his name mentioned in trades: “Every day my name is next to a different team. It’s something I can’t control because trades are just part of the NBA. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen. All I can do is focus on what I do day-by-day, and right now my focus is… Read more »
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.