robbe wrote:First, Ricky plays ACB and played ULEB-Cup (won it), not Euroleague. His lateral quickness is no worse than Sergios, so I don't really see the point here. Plus, athletic weaknesses for various reasons aren't exploited as much in international ball as in the NBA, and Spain utilises a zone defense very often anyway. As mentioned before, he fits in there perfectly.
OK, I agree that the international game is different and that lack of quickness and athleticism can't be exploited as easily as it would in the NBA. This would explain why Jasikevicius and Spanoulis are great FIBA players, but suck in the NBA.
National coaches are not putting NBA players into the roster simply because they are on an NBA team. Sergio didn't play much in Portland this season, while Ricky was one of the best starting PGs in the very strong ACB.
The best players on most of the North American, European, South American, and Asian teams play in the NBA. Nash, Nowitzki, Gasol, Parker, Kirilenko, Peja, Kleiza, Yao, Bogut, and Bargnani are all the best players for their respective NTs. Is it any coincidence that they're all NBA players? So, your statement that NT coaches are leaving players off their rosters because they're NBA players is hogwash. NBA players are the best players in the world. I could understand how Sergio's situation could be a little different because of his lack of playing time. However, he's still an NBA player and plays against the best guards in the world, night in and night out. I can't say the same for Rubio.