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Another instalment of Dinos & Digits, where we look at five interesting Raptors stats.

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a place where we dive into the stat sheets and find five interesting or strange Raptors statistics and put them on front street for discussion. There will be a mix of both individual player and team statistics to explore, ranging from raw box score numbers to some interesting and funky advanced metrics.

So, let's get down to it. Here are this week's interesting digits:

The trio of Kyle Lowry, Cory Joseph, and DeMar DeRozan have a Net Rating of 15.0 in 258 minutes of floor time together.

That comes from an Offensive Rating of 110.2 and a Defensive Rating of 95.2. Lineups including those three shoot an Effective Field Goal Percentage (weighted twos and threes) of 50.2% and grab a whopping 55.1% of available rebounds.

The Raptors have had a Net Rating of 9.4 in Jonas Valanciunas' 382 minutes of floor time, compared to 0.8 in the 1,063 minutes with no JV.

That efficiency differential of +8.6 points per 100 possessions is the second best on the team, trailing only Kyle Lowry's +11.0.

Bismack Biyombo has a Total Rebound Percentage of 21.0, which is the fifth-best mark in the NBA.

Biyombo has a reputation as a bit of a one-trick pony with blocked shots, but his domination on the glass is a very important part of his game. In 16 games as a starter this season, Biyombo is averaging 11.7 boards per contest, which would tie him with Dwight Howard for third in the Association if prorated over the whole season.

Luis Scola has only missed nine of a possible 670 regular season games in his career.

Not exactly an advanced stat, but still worth mentioning. He's played every single game in six of his eight seasons prior to this one and is on his way to doing the same this year. The power forward position has been a source of much discussion since the offseason, but Scola's started every game in 2015-16 -- joining Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan as the only players to do so -- and has posted a perfectly league-average Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of 14.7. That'll do.

Lucas Nogueira's rate of Win Shares Per 48 Minutes of .206 is the second-highest mark on the team.

That only barely trails Lowry's team-leading rate of .210. Sure, it's come in only 104 minutes of playing time, but still...Bebe's awesome.

All stats courtesy of NBA.com/stats and Basketball-Reference.com.

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