If nothing else, this might be a good chance for Raptor fans to see what all the fuss is about with Dante Exum, and also be thankful that their team isn’t paying Gordon Hayward $63 million over the next four years.
In the final segment on the Raptors’ training camp, Tim W. shares his thoughts on the relationship between players/team and the media, and we get to hear what Raptors’ announcer is looking forward to this season.
In the second part of the series from the Raptors Training Camp, we focus on the Raptors’ 20th pick in the draft, Bruno Caboclo, as we find out what his teammates and coaches had to say about him and then hear from the man himself.
Raptors Republic’s own Tim W. was able to get into the Raptors’ spring training camp in Vancouver, over the weekend, and he shares his thoughts in the first of a series. Make sure to watch the video with interviews of Dwane Casey, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Alex McKechnie and Masai Ujiri.
What can we expect to see from the Brazilian duo of Bruno and Bebe this season? Probably lots of talk about wingspan and how different life in the NBA is to what they are used to back home. Plus, some basketball…
With most, if not all, the offseason moves done for the Raptors, we look ahead and try and figure out what might lie ahead for the Raptors. One option might be a trade that could change the face of the franchise.
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.