The Raptors rebounded from their defeat to Miami by beating the Spurs 82-76, and once again Jonas Valanciunas did the heavy lifting with 19 points, 13 rebounds, including four big FTs down the stretch.
Spurs 86, Raptors 91 – Box After nursing a double-digit lead for most of the game, the Raptors made things nervous for everyone down the stretch but big plays from Bosh, Bargnani and Jack held the Spurs at bay. The defensive energy was more or less there for 48 minutes and the Spurs did their… Read more »
Make no mistake, that ball is going nowhere but out of bounds for a turnover. Raptors 124, Spurs 131 – Box Matt Bonner drives in for the two-handed slam! Those are words that have never been uttered before and it’s for good reason. It’s just not supposed to happen, but leave it to the Raptors… Read more »
The Raptors (10-17) lose 107-97 against the Spurs (16-10) You really can’t expect much when you role into the Spurs house, and they are healthy. The road to championship in the West still leads through them, and the House that Popovich designed and Duncan built is still the standard of excellence in the NBA. Forgive… Read more »
Live Stream :: Another Stream Follow Raptors Republic on Twitter Twitter Updates 107-97 is the Final. Can’t let SA walk into the lane anytime they want, we’re not good enough to recover from that for 48 minutes. 3 minutes ago Down 10 Bosh launches his usual three with about a minute plus left. A shot… Read more »
An interesting comment, and some proceeding ones, about winning and profitability sparked my interest. This has been something I always have thought about. Fortunately, Forbes listed their NBA team valuation list, which included profitability. Some really interesting things came up, reaffirming what many Raptor Fans have known/suspected for years: WINNING DOES NOT EQUAL PROFITABILITY!
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.