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:
The lineup of Kyle Lowry, Cory Joseph, Terrence Ross, Patrick Patterson, and Bismack Biyombo currently has a Net Rating (points scored minus points allowed) of 16.4.
That combo has been the second most-used five-man lineup for the Raptors this year with 297 minutes played. Their 16.4 Net Rating is the highest of any five-man lineup in the Eastern Conference this season that has played north of 200 minutes.
That's the result of a 111.1 Offensive Rating and 94.7 Defensive Rating. The lineup also has a 53.1% Effective Field Goal Percentage. If we prorated those numbers over a full season for the whole team, they would rank in the top two overall in the NBA in each category.
DeMar DeRozan (23.7 points per game) and Kyle Lowry (21.5) are one of only four duos in the NBA to average over 20 points each in the NBA this season.
The others are Stephen Curry (30.0) and Klay Thompson (22.5) for the Golden State Warriors, Kevin Durant (28.1) and Russell Westbrook (23.6) for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Damian Lillard (25.0) and C.J. McCollum (20.9) for the Portland Trail Blazers.
This marks the second time in Raptors history that they've had two 20-plus scorers in the same season. The only other time it happened was in 2005-06, when Chris Bosh (22.5) and Mike James (20.3) did it.
DeMar DeRozan is shooting a career-high 34.6% from long range this season, including a career-high 46.4% on corner threes.
Considering his career averages are 28.4% and 38.4%, respectively, it's safe to say that DeRozan has made a lot of progress on his three-point shot this year..
Jonas Valanciunas scores 1.25 points per possession as the roll man in pick-and-rolls.
That places him in the 90th percentile in the NBA in terms of efficiency.
Interestingly enough, though, pick-and-rolls only account for 13.8% of JV's offensive possessions, the lowest rate of any Raptors big-man this season. Meanwhile, he posts up 27.7% of the time for 0.86 points per possession, placing him in the 59th percentile.
The Toronto Raptors have a Net Rating of 9.3 (points scored minus points allowed per 100 possessions) in Patrick Patterson's 1,921 minutes of time on the floor this season, compared to a -1.5 Net Rating in his 1,795 minutes on the bench.
That's the biggest on/off split for Net Rating of anyone on the team this year.