Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a place where we dive into the box scores 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:
With their 104-94 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night, the Raptors have won 11 straight games at home and 27 straight when holding an opponent below 100 points.
Opposing players shoot 3.7% below their average field goal percentage when being guarded by Terrence Ross.
That -3.7% differential is the best of any Raptor and one of the best marks in the league for a wing player.
For a few comparison points, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard, has a differential of -5.0%, while noted wing defenders Thabo Sefolosha (-3.4), Avery Bradley (-3.1), and Tony Allen (-2.4) all trail Ross in this category.
Opposing players shot 20.1% above their average field goal percentage when being guarded by Anthony Bennett during his 84 minutes of playing time with the Raptors this season.
Granted, that mostly occurred during garbage time, but it's still the worst mark by anyone in the NBA that has played at least 25 minutes so far this year.
Bennett was waived by the team this week to free up a roster spot for Jason Thompson.
Kyle Lowry has a 68.5% Effective Field Goal Percentage (weighted twos and threes) on catch-and-shoot opportunities this season.
That comes from shooting 46.3% from the field on 4.0 catch-and-shoot attempts per game, including a 46.8% success rate on 3.8 such attempts from long range.
That Effective Field Goal Percentage ranks him fourth in the entire Association among players that register at least 3.0 catch-and-shoot field goal attempts per game, trailing only Stephen Curry (70.6%), J.J. Redick (69.3%), and Jerryd Bayless (69.3%).
The five-man lineup of Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, Patrick Patterson, and Jonas Valanciunas has a Net Rating of 30.7 in 63 minutes of playing time this season.
That Net Rating is a result of a 129.3 Offensive Rating and a 98.6 Defensive Rating. Of all five-man lineups league-wide that have played at least 50 minutes together this season, that unit holds the seventh-best Net Rating (with three of the six iterations ahead of it belonging to the Golden State Warriors).
All stats courtesy of NBA.com/stats.