Domejandro wrote:Battletrigger wrote:Domejandro wrote:Ricky Rubio is a better player and it is likely that we would have had a similar defensive turn around with him (the biggest changes are primarily because Coach Finch had a full off-season to implement his game plan). That said, I think Patrick Beverly has been perfect to give the team a necessary edge to their play, and he is a solid off-ball player, which is good on this squad.
That's only an hypothesis but the fact is that Rubio has played seven seasons in MN and never haven't shown the leadership, the defensive sharp, the consistency or the shot threat that Pat has shown.
I know that Rubio is a fav of many fans but he is not a leader, he cannot carry you to your best, when things come down he complains and gets depressed.
For me, I don't see where Rubio is a better player taking into account that we have had the Rubio prime years and Pat is 33.
Every young team that Ricky Rubio has gone to since leaving Minnesota has massively improved with him, and he is continually credited as a locker room leader. From Utah, to Phoenix, to Cleveland, Ricky has been a well-respected team leader; one injury filled season from the worst team in NBA history doesn't change that. Ricky Rubio has also been a better defensive player than Patrick Beverly, throughout his career.
I am very content with Patrick Beverly because I think the fit is better (I would argue personality wise Minnesota needed someone like Patrick Beverly more), but there isn't any need to underrate Ricky Rubio because of it.
As I said, Rubio was here 7 seasons, not just one and maybe we are the worst NBA teams thanks to Rubio too.
Many of you remember Rubio for his performance in other teams, but I perfectly remember the missed alone layups, many airballs the 4 vs 5 offense because he couldn't score from deep, midrange or under the basket in his first stint.
And I want to point one Stat, teams usually are better the year after Rubio leaves.