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Dinos & Digits: Life without DeMarre Carroll

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

Tom Szczerbowski-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:

DeMarre Carroll is ninth on the team in Player Efficiency Rating (PER) at 11.6 and 10th in Win Shares Per 48 Minutes (WS/48) at .064.

He's also the only Raptor that's played more than 100 minutes this season and has an Offensive Rating under 100 (99). Losing the team's big free agent acquisition from this past offseason for six to eight weeks is a tough blow, but he simply hasn't been right this season and the time off to heal his various ailments might do him (and the team) some good.

The Raptors allow 4.3 more points per 100 possessions when DeMarre Carroll is on the floor.

That's due to a Defensive Rating of 103.6 in his 735 minutes on the court, compared to 99.3 in the 1,046 he's been off. If you looked at the previous paragraph and said "Yeah, but the defence," this stat is for you. This isn't the "crap on Carroll" edition of Dinos & Digits, it's just important to realize that losing this year's version of Carroll until after the All-Star break probably won't sink the Raptors' season. Get well soon, DeMarre.

Terrence Ross has had a True Shooting Percentage (weighted twos, threes, and free throws) of 61.2% this season as a starter, compared to 48.7% coming off the bench.

James Johnson got the start in place of DeMarre Carroll against Brooklyn, but it looks like the starting three spot will be a revolving door for the next little while:

There's nothing wrong with playing the matchups, but here's hoping that Ross gets the lion's share of those starts. He did great with the opportunity in December while filling in for Carroll, and it would be swell if he kept that going and managed to live up to last summer's extension.

DeMar DeRozan has an Assist Percentage of 21.3% this season, to go with a True Shooting Percentage of 54.9%.

When Rudy Gay was a Raptor, he had marks of 13.9% and 49.7% respectively. As Kyle Lowry would say:

For an idea of what this stat nugget is referring to, see this post.

The Raptors are 28th in the NBA in Adjusted Assists with 24.9 per game.

Adjusted Assists represents the total sum of a team's assists, free throw assists, and secondary assists per contest. In essence, it puts a (somewhat) tangible number on the concept of "ball movement". For comparison's sake, the two leading teams in this category -- the 33-2 Golden State Warriors and the 30-6 San Antonio Spurs -- currently have marks of 41.0 and 34.9, respectively.

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

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