Some say the Raptors can learn from Indiana’s mistakes, while others think you can learn from what they’ve done right. Either way, they’re a model that most fans would like to see the Raptors in many ways should emulate. Thoughts?
Sportnet.ca just recently did a piece asking if this current Raptors team is the best ever. Arguably Vince Carter’s 2000-01 team who finished with a franchise best 47 wins is still considered the best to most. Does this current squad rival that one?
Inspired by the most recent MVP rankings on NBA.com which suggests that Raps are “under the radar”, would you consider the Raptors to be perhaps the most underestimated team in the league at the moment?
*quote* No disrespect to the Raptors, but they may be the worst No. 3 seed I’ve seen since I started covering the NBA. What they are accomplishing is commendable, but Toronto being so high in the standings is very much a reflection of the sorry state of the Eastern Conference. *end quote* True or false?
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.