Klomp wrote: AirP. wrote:
Calinks wrote:Jazz guy just said they want to build around Rubio. Make him the 2017 Jason Kidd. They will surround him with shooters and they love what he brings on defense with Rudy. I'm happy they have faith.
He's in a much better situation for his skillset to really matter. Since Utah's bigs are mostly limited offensively and will be closer to the basket, Rubio's passing and vision should make them a bigger threat to get easy scores(always having someone around the basket) where as a player like Towns was able to step out to the 3pt line(where he should get a good number of looks with just an average passing PG). A team with Rubio needs to emphasis defense and outside shooting more while not needing to worry about players who can create their own shot so much. Towns, Butler and Wiggins can all create their own shot and with that, need a more outside shooting PG to open up the court to create their offense. If only Rubio could get a solid outside jumper, he'd be a lesser version of Steve Nash.
Part of me wonders if they'll be able to score enough. Ricky isn't a good enough scorer to be a Steve Nash. And he doesn't have a Vince Carter on the wing or even an Amare Stoudemire in the post. Maybe Gobert surprises me and makes a gigantic leap on offense, but I don't expect it. Are they going to rely on a 36-year Joe Johnson as the top scoring option? If so, I think they're in trouble.
Hopefully it's not just 1 year but long term with the franchise deciding to build around his talents. Gobert scored 14 points a game last year and could score 16-17 a night with Rubio even with Gobert's limited offense, he'll just need to dunk the ball. Might be the ball handler T.Lyles needs. to be effective also.
If Utah commits to Rubio, you have your center, you have your future athletic 3 and d guard in T.Furgeson, that's 3 spots on the court with great defense for a long time. Maybe Utah will start moving some of it's assets to bring in a big scorer. They have a number of players they could move, R.Hood, D.Favors and D.Exum, Utah took a huge step backwards losing Hayward so they may need a couple of years to restructure the team and get back to being a possibly threat.