Interview Excerpt (paraphrased a bit) JB Smoove: They label you a hero to Toronto! Kyle Lowry: I think it was more that I went back, and I didn’t leave, and they’ve had people leave them before and I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to be there; I wanted to show my commitment. JB:… Read more »
Here’s a recap of the interview on TSN 1050 – the interesting quote was about expectation management for fans regarding the development of Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas: On good teams, you’re not going to see a big jump from a Terrence or a Jonas. They’re not going to go from 12 points to 19 points a game. They’re not… Read more »
The folks at DimeMag could’ve pulled DeMar DeRozan over and talked to him for hours on end about the intricacies of hyping something up and then letting everyone down. Not so with Chris Bosh, the scrum was bigger and we tried to get the questions you asked in. Once again, thanks to DimeMag for taking the questions.
Mostly we get our basketball fix from chumps like myself or the staff hired by your local newspaper. It’s all very enjoyable and produces the debate that runs sites like these, but at the end of the day it is more or less an opinion constructed mostly by observation rather than practice (Mind you that… Read more »
There are a few great Raptor blogs out there and one of them is RaptorsHQ. I had a chance to talk some hoops with Adam and Dave, also known as Franchise and Howland. We chatted some Raptors ball and discussed issues ranging from Sam Mitchell to Roko Ukic. If I seem a little out of… Read more »
Prince killed Moon Detroit Pistons 100, Toronto Raptors 93 It had to happen, it just sucks that it happened at home against a depleted Pistons team. The 3-0 start had given the team a lot of confidence heading into this one and as Jermaine O’Neal pointed out pre-game, it was an early measuring stick of… Read more »
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.