I spoke with Jack Armstrong about the state of the Raptors and the importance of the upcoming draft. We also discussed Jay Triano and he gave his take on NBA intricacies like the overuse of timeouts and the possibility of coach’s challenges being used in the future. We also talked about Bryan Colangelo who he… Read more »
OK, I tried to get as many questions in as I could, Jack only had 15 minutes and I had about 25 questions so there were many that were left out. I’ve basically taken the questions that were posted and asked them verbatim, there wasn’t much time for follow-ups. He had just crossed the border… Read more »
I’m going to be talking to Jack Armstrong on Thursday and thought instead of asking him the same old lame questions which he answers every day I’d let you guys do the asking. You’ll probably come up with better questions anyway, so go ahead and fire away questions for Jack: Here’s some classic Jack: Vid… Read more »
Captain Jack’s predicting 48 wins but at the same time says that 7 things need to go right for us: 1) We stay healthy 2) Unheard of second unit provides consistency 3) O’Neal plays 70+ games 4) Two of Humphries, Bargnani and Kapono have career years 5) High level team-defense and rebounding 6) Consistent effort… Read more »
Start off today with Ron Ron landing in Houston for Bobby Jackson, a 1st rounder and the always shrouded in mystery ‘player to be named later’. Luol Deng is also staying in the East after re-upping with Chicago but I don’t know if that’s a good thing for the Bulls or not. Tim Chisholsm is… Read more »
Toronto Raptors 105, Denver Nuggets 137 My puke bucket was full midway through the first quarter. After suffering through a few more minutes of watching the Raptors get their ass absolutely spanked by the Nuggets, Jack Armstrong dropped a gem, and I’m pseudo-quoting: If your plan is to outscore teams and you start playing the… Read more »
Atlanta Hawks 78, Toronto Raptors 89 If you’re going to be a big enough coward to hit a man on the head while he’s got his back towards you, the least you could do is not feign your innocence and openly acknowledge conflict. Instead Anthony Johnson pretended he had nothing to do with Jose Calderon… Read more »
Indiana Pacers 101, Toronto Raptors 110 Technically this wasn’t a must-win game but if we would’ve lost tonight, massive alarm bells would’ve gone off, after all you can’t allow the Pacers to snap their five game losing streak on your home floor. So the Raps dug deep, did enough good things on the floor to… 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.