That was fun! It’s good to have Toronto Raptors’ basketball back in our lives, and there is no better way to start the unofficial second half of the season then a battle between the top two teams in the Eastern Conference. If almost anyone had been asked to predict the top two teams in the… Read more »
As one scrolls through the Republic’s Morning Coffee, it will quickly sink in that today officially holds the potential for a substantial change in the Raps’ roster. The NBA trade deadline has finally arrived, and it undoubtedly holds more significance to this city than in years past. This just got real. But Will That Reality… Read more »
With the Raptors currently sitting with the league’s fourth best record, behind three teams that didn’t even make it past the first round last year, could this be one of those years when a dark horse ends up winning the title?
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.