The thing that bugs me about these big games is the cheers players like Kobe receive when playing in opposing arenas. Take notice tonight when he’s introduced or scores a basket, there will be a wave of cheer that transcends the crowd and I never understood it. Let’s put an end to this nonsense now… Read more »
Chris Bosh was rendered ineffective by Andrew Bynum Raptors 99, Lakers 112 Jermaine O’Neal didn’t play which resulted in Chris Bosh guarding Andrew Bynum and that right there changed the entire complexion of this game. You can go two ways on this take: Chris Bosh once again choked when playing a good team or guarding… Read more »
I still can’t get over the Shaq trade, more specifically I can’t seem to look past Steve Kerr. When I see his scrawny little self standing next to Shaq on the podium welcoming the oft-injured, under-performing, overweight and declining center to Phoenix, I can’t help but get a flashback to him on those Bulls teams… 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.