After being selected by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2010 draft, Ryan Richards has made great strides in his basketball career considering when he did come to San Antonio, it was not to hit the court but to rehabilitate a shoulder injury.
Richards moved to San Antonio so the Spurs could oversee recovery of his shoulder surgery and to learn more about the game:
“I’ve spent most of my time since moving to San Antonio in rehab, getting healthy and learning about the game. It was a tough season but I’m enjoying being part of one of the best franchises in basketball."
And perhaps some of the lessons learned with his time with the Spurs has paid off.
After a solid performance in the Great Britain U20 tournament, Richards was invited to join the Great Britain men's senior team and for Richards, which fulfilled a career goal for himself:
“Playing in the Olympics is one of my main career goals and to do it not far from where I grew up would be fantastic.”
But for Spurs fans hoping to see Richards in a black and silver uniform, it would seem they will have to wait just a bit longer. Richards says he plans to return to Europe but does hope the Spurs take notice of his improved game and wants to help the Spurs win:
“I’ll probably be coming back to Europe to start with next season to prove myself. I just want to show I have what it takes to help the Spurs win.”
I really like r.Richards. He knows his limitations and ability right now. Having recognize them he will go a long way in polishing his game and really be a factor for the spurs. If the spurs can convince him to join the austin el toros, both parties will benefit from it. He is just 20 yrs old, and a season in the d-league will surely toughen his game and able to learn the spurs system and be ready next season. He has the height and body to survive and win. More importantly, he possesses the correct ethics!
I fear this might be the right decision as Ryan has still got this to learn but he has showed he has something to offer them now. Greater minutes with a good European side will help. However, I wouldn't be surprised if Spurs make an offer (contract issues aside) once the lockout is over as we have no athletic big like him right now.
@CarlAllchin As much as I like Richards since before he was drafted he is not ready for any NBA action. If you saw any of his game with the Senior British team not the U20 he ain't ready. He is not even close to where he needs to be defensively to defend any big in the NBA. Look the guy has raw talent and can make a shot but that doesn't mean he's going to be a defensive presence either.
He is not going to come in here and take any reigns from Timmy or anybody for that matter right away. Like his potential but he's not the immediate answer for our spurs team.
@Titletown99030507 I did see three of his games. In two he did not get much playing time as there are three experienced bigs playing in front of him (Freeland, Clark and Archibald). In the other game he showed good help side defence but was still learning the team's defensive set-up. Could he be the fourth big on the Spurs and be the athletic big who can space the floor with his range for 0-8 minutes a game then yes! Is he ready for more than that - no. But Pop would not give him much more either!