In 2015, the Raptors have a losing record (13-14). What better way to get back up to .500 this year than a trip over to Philly? Yeah, the opening paragraph is in no way intended to comfort you. Actually, it’s probably worse than you initially thought.
As one scrolls through the Republic’s Morning Coffee, it will quickly sink in that today officially holds the potential for a substantial change in the Raps’ roster. The NBA trade deadline has finally arrived, and it undoubtedly holds more significance to this city than in years past. This just got real. But Will That Reality… Read more »
Jonas Valanciunas is written about constantly, and still remains a mystery to be figured out. At 22 years of age, Jonas is already in his third year in the NBA and is central to the Raptors goals, both immediate and future.
What to do with a problem like Jonas Valanciunas? The word ‘problem’ doesn’t often get thrown into a sentence in regards to Jonas. By all accounts he is a hard working young man, who at 22 is willing to accept the role given to him while still working toward the eventual goal of being a… Read more »
What has worried fans is the team averaged 108.5 points in October and November, 107.7 points in December but they have slipped to 99.5 in January. They’ve also averaged 15.8 turnovers per game this month.
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.