Great Britain has remained undefeated at the FIBA U20 tournament thus far thanks in large part to San Antonio Spurs' Ryan Richards.
On Sunday in a 79 to 66 win over Denmark, Richards was "looking out of sorts" reports HoopsFix.com, even though his team won.
Before Game two on Monday against Denmark, Richards was determined to have a much better game and remain undefeated.
Monday evening was a different story as San Antonio Spurs draft pick Ryan Richards came out on a mission. Tweeting simply ’40′ half an hour before tip off, Richards made his intention clear as he proved to the Danes what a dominant force he can be, coming two short of his target on his way to a 38 point performance as GB beat Denmark 70-58.
Richards took the weight on his shoulders as Denmark could do little to stop him. Hitting from inside and out whilst drawing fouls, they had no answer for the 7 footer who finished with a 45 efficiency rating.
Richards shot 12/23 from the field (1/5 from three) and 13/16 at the line whilst adding 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals.
After the game, the British coach commented on the superb game Richards put together for Great Britain.
“It was a better performance from Ryan (Richards) in terms of his leadership and all round game tonight (Monday), and we’re going in the right direction – that’s the important thing.”
It sure would be nice if the Spurs could find a way to buy out Richards' current overseas contract and have him working out in Austin until the lockout ends. That however, is still unknown with the lockout and all of it's "million" dollar regulations between teams and players.
The Spurs sure could have used a player of Richards' tenacity this past season when teams like Memphis dominated them in the paint.
A wasted talent! If richards was taken in last season or at least played in the D-league, he could be part of the spurs' roatation this coming season. It seems the spurs are not risk takers. They rely on older players who are past their prime. They should invest and allow young players to learn the apurs's way of playing instead of taking in older players who have absorbed a different set of game. A classic example is rjefferson. He might be good but, entering his third year with the spurs, he finds it difficult to adjust. There's no shortcut to learning the game.
@rtesoro440 just got to keep in mind he is a man among boys. most of the game he plays is vs guys smaller than him. however, he does show great handle for a guy his size and he has swagger. you ever see the vid where he compares himself to bosh?
@JeffProjectSpurs i agree. this kid has a lot of potential, but i'd give him another year to develop. hopefully, he can come over to the Toros to do that because as you said Jeff, the videos we've seen of him is playing against guys who are smaller than him.
and to rtesoro, are you saying that veterans who are past their prime are not good to have on contending teams, when the '07 Spurs had guys like Finley, Horry, and Barry, when the '08 Celtics had Cassell and P.J. Brown, and even when the current Mavs have Kidd and Marion? the young players are nice to have on the teams, but you need to have some veterans that know the game a lot more. yes, the Spurs needed to get young, and they did when they traded Bowen, Oberto, and Thomas for RJ. and they have young players, such as Splitter, Anderson, Blair, etc., learning the Spurs' system right now. and the Spurs are doing the right thing in letting Richards develop because as jim said, he was hurt last season.
@rtesoro440 Richards was hurt basically all last season and didnt get back to the court till early spring.
Call this guy raw, call him to young, call him whatever you like.. but he is ready! At leas for a spot with Torros in the D-League. He has a NBA body, great handle for his size, has range to the three, and underrated post moves. He would be the perfect compliment to TD and would finally fill the void of our lack of athletic bigs. Needless to say i wouldnt say its a bad thing to get too excited about this guy, I do believe he's legit, and It's time to get him over!
@jimd06 I've had my reservations and have tryed not to get overexcited since he was drafted. I still feel like Ryan needs to add about 25lbs of muscle but am excited about how hes been playing. I was thinking 1 year in europe and one year with the toros, but i'm quickly being converted to just bringing him here now. Between the way he's been playing and his Basketball IQ building quickly i can't see why not. Plus if you bring him in now he'll have at least one gaurenteed year with duncans mentoring. I don't think duncans going anywhere but the more time Ryan has with Timmy the better. Also he would be a cost effective solution at the 5 spot.
Trying really hard to tell myself this guy is playing against crap competition and I shouldn't get too excited.