David Stern made his final pick announcement as NBA Commissioner just now, announcing a made-up player going to Golden State or something. The Brooklyn crowd did him right, giving him a Standing O and booing Adam Silver. Silver then brought out Hakeem Olajuwon, the first pick Stern ever announced, wearing the same suit he wore… Read more »
The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected Canadian Anthony Bennett from UNLV 1st overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, making him the first Canadian-born player to be selected first overall. Congrats to Bennett. Big day for Canadian Basketball.
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.