Well, it’s hard not to talk about GSW! We look past it to larger issues and opportunities, identify a statistic that the Raptors are surprisingly poor at and need to get better, glaze over the AP Top 10, frame Ujiri and Casey’s situations in the current context, and talk about the Dalai Lama.
The week is reviewed and another is previewed, as we ask the question of whether the Raptors can win the Atlantic and how high our hopes should be. There’s John Wall talk, some statistic tidbits, and a pinch of Grantland as the worldwide roundtable returns for another week.
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.