payitforward wrote:nate33 wrote:payitforward wrote:Well, we're back to the normal way to treat a Wizards rookie! The way Brad was treated, for example.
Deni Avdija came in as a 19-year old rookie. He's played in a couple of dozen NBA games. He was handed a starting job & performed surprisingly well during a time when the team was basically losing every night. Then, as was to be expected, he began to crater.
We're definitely not on the Rui model here -- where a guy who has played 2200 minutes over two seasons & is no better than he was on day one gets adulation instead of criticism -- "Look at that, did you see that? He was in the right place that time!" Wow!
I have a perfect way to end this nonsense -- a poll is coming up....
If you think Rui is no better than he was on Day 1, you are not paying attention.
Oh, I'm paying attention, nate. Perhaps it's a question of what I am paying attention to, what you are paying attention to, & overall, what one ought to pay attention to?
Plus, it's an over-simplification to be sure. There are, no doubt, some ways in which Rui has improved slightly (while getting worse in others). &, of course, it's also a question of what one means by "better," isn't it? "Good," like "beautiful," "intelligent," & a bunch of other words is what linguists call an "honorific" -- praise given as if it were an objective thing. I.e. as if to say something is "good" were like saying it is "spherical."
So, instead of these evaluative words, let's just see whether, after 2200 minutes, the numbers Rui produces in his time on the floor as a 2d year player are better overall than they were as a rookie. I used https://www.basketball-reference.com/players/h/hachiru01.html to check.
Rui's efg% has gone up from 48.9% to 49.8% -- on lower usage -- he's taking fewer shots than he did last year -- & of course it's still way, way below average. TS% is up just a little, it's true -- it's improved by 2.6%. Still way below average. While scoring fewer points than last year.
He's getting to the line a little more than last year, .65 more times per 40 minutes. For a while, he was doing better than that, but it's dropped.
Just as, for a while his 3pt% had jumped nicely. Check where it is now.
In short, it'd be a stretch to say that a PF who scores a below average number of points at a below average FG% & TS% (neither of which has changed much from the previous year) has improved, wouldn't you say? Has Rui been a better scorer this year? In a way that would make you say, "Rui has changed" -- ?
But, why not, right...? Let's say there has been a slight improvement in scoring.
Rui's defensive rebounding is unchanged -- about 80% of what an average (not a good) PF gets.
His offensive rebounding has declined by 30%. Overall, in other words, he's an even worse rebounder this year than last.
He is one of the worst shot-blocking 4s in the league -- average is sixteen times what he delivers! & worse this year than last.
The rest of his per 40 minute (or per game, for that matter) numbers are virtually identical to last year (he's below average in assists & about average in steals, while his best numbers, this year & last, are his significantly better than average TO & foul rates.
There is, overall, virtually no difference between what Rui delivers on court this year as opposed to last year.
Is any of that worth paying attention to, nate? No? Doesn't mean much? Why?
Rui looks and plays more like a SF this season. He's defending the perimeter better in my opinion, especially last few weeks. I'm hard pressed to consider him a PF anymore despite him still getting minutes there.