Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a column where we dive into the box scores and find five interesting or strange Raptors statistics and put them on front street for discussion.
We like to explore a mix of both individual player and team statistics, ranging from raw box score numbers to some interesting and funky advanced metrics. The goal is to present the numbers without too much opinion attached, leaving those debates for the comment section.
OK, let's get down to it. Here are this week's interesting digits:
Kyle Lowry has been named as an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve, and now he and DeMar DeRozan are the first pair of Raptors teammates to ever make the All-Star Game together in back-to-back seasons.
The only other time outside of these last two years that there has ever been two representatives from the Raptors in the All-Star game was in 2000-01, when Vince Carter was voted in as a starter and Antonio Davis was selected as an injury-replacement for Theo Ratliff.
Lowry is sixth in the NBA in win shares (WS) with 7.6, tenth in win shares per 48 minutes (WS/48) at .219, 16th in player efficiency rating (PER) at 23.5, and sixth in value over replacement player (VORP) at 3.8.
Pick a top-20 in just about any one-number advanced metric and Kyle Lowry is there this season, among his fellow All-Stars.
The Toronto Raptors have a net rating of 13.2 in Patrick Patterson’s 972 minutes of floor time this season (116.9 offensive rating, 102.3 defensive rating), as compared to 0.4 (108.1 offensive rating, 107.7 defensive rating) in his 1,246 on the bench.
That on-court net rating is tops on the team, as is the 12.8 on/off differential.
Welcome back, Pat. We missed you.
The Raptors are on their first five-game losing streak since February 2015.
If they drop Friday’s game to the Milwaukee Bucks, it will be their first six-game losing streak since December 2012. That was back before Rudy Gay was ever a Raptor and when Andrea Bargnani was still the team’s starting power forward.
Over this five-game losing streak, the Raptors have ranked 29th in offensive rating (97.3 points allowed per 100 possessions), 15th in defensive rating (108.2 points allowed per 100 possessions), and 29th in net rating (-10.9)
On the season as a whole, however, the Raptors still sit second in offensive rating (112.0), 16th in defensive rating (106.0), and third in net rating (6.0).