tontoz wrote:pcbothwel wrote:tontoz wrote:
If he said he was all in on Rui from early on that is definitely worrisome to me. Sounds like an EG move.
Lets step back for a second... We all know that the NBA and NFL are different sports. In football, you can keep adding a bunch of good players on top of each other and all of sudden...good team.
In the NBA, you really need top end talent to have a shot. If Rui jumped off the screen and screamed "Star", then I dont blame him.
I do believe it is company talk a bit, but I do understand finding a star and locking in.
That mindset screams "amateur". I don't want my GM looking for guys who "jump off the screen". I want them to be analytical, looking at the strengths and weaknesses of everyone.
Part of Rui's 'star power' is because he is from Japan. Did they draft him based in part because of his marketability in Japan? That would be the kind of thing that would make them 'lock in'.
I am not worried about bad shooting games here and there. I am worried about his matador tendencies.
Please explain to me. Statistically, Rui had a tremendous Jr year at Gonzaga, he improved year over year, was called a "Sponge", tremendous work ethic, great measurables, great work ethic, strong, coordinated, etc...
The eye test clearly shows he has the skills to be a NBA all star. The stats back that up. The only concern any GM would have with him is:
Does he love the sport (New to the game)?
Does he have the processor to slow the game down and put together his skills sequentially when the live bullets fire?
Will he embrace the physicality?
If a team is comfortable with the answers to those questions, then nothing "Analytically" would have you shy away from him...
You act like he was some dumpster fire like Cam Reddish/Kevin Porter (I hated from the start) or underwhelming like Little/Langford. Whereas he was more Coby White/ RJ Barrett in the "Effective with High usage" category.
Look... I was one of the early detractors of Rui because I wasnt sure about his intangibles and thought he was a bully ball player. I was wrong due to lack of research (Im not paid for this, so who cares). We'll see how well he puts it together, but I would be SHOCKED if you dont see vast improvements month over month and year over year. All evidence points to that from EVERY person who is interviewed about him.
When guys dont "have it" upstairs, you hear rumblings early on and players/coaches/FO folks will drop hints like "Player X is figuring it out, but he is starting to realize what it takes to be an NBA player"... "He just needs to focus a little more"... "He's a young kid and there's a lot of expectation, hopefully he'll be able to step up"...
All nice ways of saying there are cerebral/work ethic issue.
You dont hear ANYTHING like that with Rui and you dont hear that with Troy Brown. Nothing but "Its starting to click for him"..."He loves asking questions"... "He learns so fast"