Up next in the scouting reports we look at the rookie who hasn’t seen a single play called for him and gets mysteriously benched despite having decent showings. DeMar DeRozan is averaging 7.8pts and 2.8rebs in 20 minutes and isn’t exactly on top of any rookie leaderboards. The only stat that he’s making a mark… Read more »
This is the first in a quick series of posts outlining what our summer acquisitions have turned out to be. We start off with Jarrett Jack, who was hired as a back-up point guard but has suddenly found himself in the thick of the starting unit.
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.