What if DeMar was a lights out long distance shooter? Doesn’t even have to be strong from beyond the arc, but at least show some improvement & consistency. Would some of his critics be so quick to deal him away? Would DeMar improving his 3pt shooting completely change this team? Thoughts?
At long last the third part of what I hope will be a yearly tradition. First, we looked at the five most overrated players, then the underrated, and this time we’ll look at 5 players who should break out next season. As with the other lists, who I didn’t put on the list might be… 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.