LukasBMW wrote:Ricky's job is to keep the ball moving for 2-3 years and get this young team to learn how to play.
But if we ever want to get past the 1st round of the playoffs, he will either need to take a summer off from Spain and learn how to shoot -OR- we will need to upgrade.
It's ridiculous his shot is SO bad.
We'll NEVER get past the 1st round with him as our starting point guard.
Funny, 'cause the Jazz did and he was their best player, and then everything went to hell when he got injured.
Just the same old tired and hollow narrative:
- While in Minnesota: you can't get to the playoffs with Ricky. Well, he got to Utah and he did.
- When he did have a bad game in Utah during the RS: you can't get past the first round with Ricky. Well, they did, he crushed Westbrook, and like I said he was their best player overall in the playoffs, both in his 1st and 2nd season there. The only guy to consistently show up against the Rockets last year, in fact, and the one to turn what was an ass whooping in the first couple of games into an extremely close duel that the Jazz ended up losing because they were historically bad on open 3s (despite generating a lot of them thanks in great part to Ricky), which was one of their main strengths.
- But you can't be a contender with him. Well, he's won and been an undeniable positive in every level and scenario he's played, so there's zero merit to that argument. Also the Suns won just 19 games last season and they have gone to the Finals twice in 50 years, so give me a break. There are people in every fanbase talking yearly about contending, and they don't seem to understand how difficult it is to get all the way to the end, and the type of players you need to do it. You need winners, and Rubio is a proven one.
PS: The Raptors just won the NBA title with Lowry shooting 42.5% from the floor and a decent but not great 36.9% from 3 in the Finals. He's also not nearly the floor general or the defender (anymore) that Rubio is. The Bucks could have made it as well (they were certainly contenders) despite Bledsoe shooting 41% and 23% for the entire playoffs. The Sixers could have been there as well if not for Kawhi's version of "The Shot", with Ben Simmons at PG.
There are many ways to win, and many ways to impact a basketball game at the elite level. Ricky knows a thing or two about that.