Regardless if we make the playoffs or not, has this franchise finally made strides forward instead of drowning in mediocrity for years? Do we have a reason to be excited in the future or we just lucky at the moment and bound for tougher times down the road once again?
It’s been a good week for the Raptors and we look at the specifics of why that was. Colangelo’s brain is penetrated to reveal his reasons for standing pat; we also take a look at the draft prospects including the ones on display in the Indiana / Michigan St. game, and much more.
Raptors’ loss to Wizards hurts already fragile playoff hopes | National Post In fact, the Raptors trading Jose Calderon and his expensive expiring contract for a dynamic wing player such as Gay would have been an ideal scenario heading into the year. It was, as Colangelo likes to say, part of the plan. So, where… 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.