prime1time wrote: TGW wrote:
payitforward wrote:Here we have the essential Rui-wackiness in just a few lines:
1. Rui is like Kawhi before he was good. Therefore he's "like Kawhi."
2. "I like Rui.... I think he can be good" is an example of "throw(ing) shade at Rui."
Yea, I'm not sure why I got that response...I actually do like and actively root for Rui. Like I said, he's easy to root for because he's a good kid, BUT he needs a lot of work on his game.
I hate to mention that other person who shall not be named, but I think Rui should take notes on unsaid player. Some of Rui's problem is that he doesn't get the easy hoops. Much of his offense comes from contested midrange shots and shots in the paint. Instead of getting easy garbage buckets from running the floor hard, moving without the ball, and diving to the basket on PnPs, he often settles for one-on-one (or two, or three) hero ball. There's nothing wrong with garbage buckets...I wish the coaching staff would tell him that. A little trash removal turns those 4-12 shooting nights into a 7-12 shooting night.
On a positive note, I am really digging Rui's ast/to ratio. It's very good, considering how much he handles the ball.
This is a very different comment than your previous one. But I'm confused. Is calling someone a mediocre basketball player praise? Is it putting their flaws in context and talking about ways to develop? What was Kawhi at San Diego State? A mediocre basketball player? What was Bradley Beal in his first year? A mediocre basketball player? To phrase it another way, how many rookies aren't medicore basketball players? I'm all for analyzing game and talking about ways he can improve. But even this comment, blowing up 4-12 like that's the norm when for the season he shot 47% from the field strikes me as bizarre. What would rookie Kawhi have done on this Wizards team if asked to attack as much as Rui?
Now none of this means that he'll become Kawhi. Kawhi has an amazing growth curve. But it does mean that comments that are simply disparaging and nothing else will be pointed out. Not because anything you have posted personally, but because other people in this same thread have made it a point to constantly remind everyone else that Rui was unworthy of being picked and he's not as good as Brandon Clarke. To be honest, we should probably rename the thread Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke...
P.S. Apologies if for reading too much into your comment
On the reasonable assumption that I am the "other people" you mean:
When's the last time I wrote anything about Brandon Clarke? Other people do bring him up -- you just did, for example.
When did I say rui Hachimura was "unworthy of being picked?"
I don't think you can find an observation of mine about Rui that is "simply disparaging and nothing else."
Rui isn't in need of your defense. He can make himself felt on the court. When he does that at a high level, I point it out. As I did about his rebounding for example.
More importantly, you are totally correct that most rookies are mediocre (as I pointed out a moment ago). & you are no doubt right as well that Rui's overall rookie numbers would look better if he hadn't shot as much. & it's worth pointing out that he got to the line a fair amount for a rookie & shot over 83% on his FTs.
Moreover, if he does wind up a 3 rather than a 4 that might itself increase the likelihood of his becoming the outstanding player every Wizards fan would like him to be: his rookie numbers look much more like those of a good NBA wing than a good NBA PF.
So maybe we can put this stuff behind us, primetime, what do you say? Rui is going to be what he's going to be, & if he ever becomes a player who really is like Kawhi (even if not as great as Kawhi), then I'll be absolutely willing -- eager! -- to take heat for having been wrong about him.
I don't have any trouble recognizing when a player, Rui or anyone, is "good." I don't have any trouble, either, recognizing when I'm wrong.
Remember -- if you don't like the post above: blame Doc not me.