This week on The Doctor is In with Phdsteve, I look back the All-Star festivities and ask if Terrence Ross was worth the top ten pick in the 2012 draft in addition to thinking deeply about what’s inside Andrea Bargnani’s navel?
Just a couple of the names thrown around from ESPN’s Broussard. I guess Lucas isn’t PG enough for us as a back-up or Colangelo’s just looking for insurance incase Lucas or Lowry go down with an injury. Thoughts?
In Lithuania his face is on water bottles. In Toronto he rots on the bench. Reports from his homeland have the Raptors looking for a suitor for Linas. Keep shopping guys because the likelihood of us finding that suitor are slim to none at the moment. Thoughts?
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.