Kobe’s fadeaway is the most unstoppable shot in basketball. Lakers 115, Raptors 107 Let’s examine the checklist: Played hard. Check. Attacked the rim. Check. Get the W. Not so check but 2 out of 3 ain’t bad. In a season mired with disappointments and letdowns a hard fought loss to the Lakers seems like a… Read more »
Toronto Raptors 108, LA Lakers 117 It’s fitting that it was Derek Fisher that sealed this one with a wide open three pointer with under a minute left as the Raptors defense was busy playing musical chairs. It was the 634th time a Laker shooter was left unattended at the arc leading many observers (just… Read more »
LA Lakers 121, Toronto Raptors 101 It’s no surprise that we have a long ways to go before we can think of contending with real teams, or even with real teams missing two starters while playing at home. Didn’t the Lakers suffer an exhausting 1 point defeat in Detroit and arrived in Toronto at 4… 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.