"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed." - Dwight D. Eisenhower
We all know the Jazz were playing a very bad Raptors team.
With that said, it's just as silly to assert that the players the Jazz put on the floor, and the way those players played together, had no effect on the outcome of the game. Is that what you're asserting?
These aren't the only ways players add value, however, and Al comes up pretty small in a lot of other areas. I don't know of any free and available stats that try to measure the relative value of having an iso scorer/drawer of double teams, so it's hard to say how important those skills are. +/- (raw and adjusted) and on-court/off-court team stats are an imperfect indicator, I suppose.
Not sure how important it is to do statistical analysis and have any burden of proof as to why playing without Al is more entertaining. It's an opinion, of which, I share.
Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory.
Frank, I may go through the mysynergysports.com stats come the end of this week, summing over all teams, to see the distribution and efficiency of different scoring methods. Unfortunately, the stats don't show how these different methods create open shots/add points via the pass.
Having looked at a few of the stats, Jazz P&R ball handlers are a HUGE problem. The Jazz seem (again, haven't crunched the numbers) to take very few shots out of the pick and roll (relative to other teams), which matches what we all think. The roll man in these situations scores fairly efficiently at 1.12 points per possession (5th among NBA teams). The ball handler comes in at 0.66 PPP (29th). Damian Lillard, as P&R ball handler, scores 0.94 PPP. What could have been...