When the San Antonio Spurs’ Summer League team fell to the Miami Heat last Friday, Spurs 2010 draftee Ryan Richards saw no floor time as the majority of the center minutes were given to Frenchman Alexis Ajinca.
On Saturday however, Richards received his most minutes in S.L. in the Spurs’ final S.L. game where the team fell to the Dallas Mavericks in overtime. In that loss, Richards showed some of his unique qualities on Saturday.
Statistically, Richards had his best performance of his S.L. games Saturday, beginning with his minutes: 13:41 minutes, 9 points, 4-6 shooting, 1-3 free throws, 4 rebounds, 2 personal fouls, +1 in +/- rating
Now it’s time to analyze Richards’ final, and ultimately, last chance of earning an invite to training camp.
1Q (First quarter): Richards squared up his defender from 17-feet out and hit a jumper in his defender’s face.
1Q: Richards began on the opposite side of the paint, ran and gained open position from 15-feet out in the corner, performed a fade-away left-handed jumper, but missed out of the post position.
1Q: Richards caught the ball when cutting to the basket, used a quick pro-hop and dunked with his left hand. This was a highlight play for the NBATV broadcast as the network re-aired the throw-down dunk.
3Q: Richards shot a turnaround left-sided fade-away jumper and was fouled for the and-1 opportunity.
3Q: Richards beat his man down the floor, which forced his defender to foul him away from the ball.
3Q: Richards’ teammate air-balled a 3-pointer; Richards captured the ball underneath the rim and put up a lay-up with his left hand.
3Q: Richards grabbed a rebound and ran down the court with the ball, he then fed James Anderson with no-look pass in the open court but Anderson threw the ball out of bounds once he gained possession.
3Q: Richards grabbed a rebound, and then was pushed out of bounds. His defender was called for the foul, which put Richards at the free throw line, but Richards missed both free throws.
4Q: In the open court once again, Richards fed his teammate with a no-look pass, which led to his teammate catching the ball in a position where he was fouled underneath the basket.
1Q: Richards looked lost when running a play in motion on offense. He kept trying to set unnecessary screens and didn’t know where to go in the set.
3Q: On one possession, Richards set a pick for Cory Joseph, but once he rolled, he rolled into Joseph and got in Joseph’s way.
3Q: Richards received the ball on an out of bounds play, but then he shot a 17-foot jumper with new shot clock just starting.
1Q: Richards had to switch onto a guard when defending the pick-and-roll, and stayed with guard relatively well.
3Q: Richards defended a pick-and-roll by switching onto a small forward and he forced the forward to take long missed 3-pointer.
3Q: Richards held his position in post defense, even though he didn't box out and his player grabbed the offensive rebound, he managed to defend an attacking guard later in the play.
3Q: Richards defended a guard for an entire position,
3Q: Richards got switched on a pick-and-roll with a guard, the guard drove toward the rim and Richards defended the attack well, forcing the guard to miss lay-up.
1Q: An opposing guard drove on a pick-and-roll; Richards helped out but was too late, as his teammate fouled the guard. Richards was beat to helping protect the rim.
3Q: Richards tried to help on a lay-up attempt, but he was once again too late and his opponent made the play.
3Q: On one play, Richards’ opponent drove left; Richards helped out but was called for a foul. The attacked used his body against Richards to draw contact for the foul call.
4Q: Richards once more was late in help defense, as the offensive player was able to draw another foul from one of Richards’ teammates.
Saturday was by far Richards’ best S.L. game as evidenced by the amount of positives he brought to the game as opposed to his negatives. He once again showed his inexperience and raw ability in his negatives, but the majority of those errors are due to his limited understanding of the Spurs’ system.
Now that S.L. has been completed, I’ll be putting together all five of Richards’ performances and evaluating them for a comprehensive review on whether or not I think he should warrant an invite to the Spurs’ training camp this coming season.
If you’d like to read the other scouting reports written on Richards, here’s a complete list.
Game 1: Atlanta Hawks
Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers
Game 3: Los Angeles Clippers
Game 4: Miami Heat - Did not play
(Photos: Shep McAllister of Spurs.com)
@nanaboomadie Are you guys talking about the same Malcom Thomas the Spurs waived? Why would we get rid of one of our guards for a prospect we had already waived? If we get rid of a guard, it will be a trade for a big that can help this season. Thank goodness we have football to get us through the off season!
@nanaboomadie he signed with bulls
When? I haven't seen any news about it yet...
imwithstupid. We didnt need him to stand out. first of all he didnt play enough minutes but just look what he did against the mavs. We need to protect the basket and we need an athlete. Thats him. He doesnt have to do much with the spurs except be an athlete and defend. He can do that.
@nanaboomadie It will be a while until we see him again, he can't come to camp if they are going to use that "trick" to get him to the Toros. Hopefully he will learn the system faster than most and maybe we will see him come up to the Spurs for a 10 day contract this season. If he learns the Spurs system and how to play against professional bigs he might be a solid player.
How about Malcoim Thomas?
he averaged 11.4 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in five games @ SL.
D LEague? rtesoro is right on the button and I will even go further to add that they need to keep him on the main roster. Spurs need and athlete to help Timmy protect the basket. and hes the only athlete out there who can do that. Spurs do not need someone whos gonna come in and score twenty. They need a big athlete who plays his role. RR will fill that role
@nanaboomadie If you can't stand out in Vegas, you sure aren't going to make a roster... He might get another chance to shine if he is invited to camp. He has expressed a desire to go to Austin, and I don't see PATFO letting such an enormous project eating up roster spot. That is what Austin is for. Spurs have lots of trade options and will pick up another big if they want to. On another note, how cool would it be to have our two bigs "from da islands, man" (insert bad Jamaican accent) ?
I hope RR gets a chance at the D League. I remember seeing a video of him when he had been drafted. He acknowledged that he wasn't NBA ready, but he hoped for a D-league invite. He didn't want to go back to Europe. I don't know how much his time overseas has helped him. I read somewhere the coaches over there want the players to play to their strengths, with very little training or instruction on developing skills. Ryan doesn't look like he went looking for individual training either.
I know the NBA is a business, how much would it cost to bring him to the D-League? He is athletic and has the height, if the cost is not too great, why not give him a shot.
@LakehillsFan Ya its time to fish or cut bait with him. The ONLY way he will get decent coaching over there would be if an elite team in elite league would sign him..But thats unlikley because teams like that dont want to invest time/$/effort into a guy they know will jump ship just as soon as NBA calls. D league is his best bet to learn quickly imo
@LakehillsFan Agree, it doesn't look like he developed much across the pond.
The talent is there, he just needs to opportunity to get some familiarity with the system to see what he can really do. He knows hes raw, when he entered the draft he made it very clear he felt he needed to play in the d-league a few years, his shoulder injuries and the lockout stifled his development. Get him in Austin so he catches up!
Everyone must remember that RR has about 20 games for maybe 15 min. average played in the past 3 yrs. Nobody looks like they know what they are doing from watching and practicing. He is raw, but even he doesn't know what he can do when comfortable and in a rhythm. Judging the guys on anything we see until he has 1/2 a season in the D league or gets to play 25 min. a games for 20 or so games will tell us nothing. What we do know is that he has size, above average quickness for his size, decent lateral movement and thinks he's a guard.
@jojo707 I was just concerned he wasn't even going to get a DL invite (until this last game), I'd bet he does now though. You sure are right about him thinking he is a guard!
Ryan Richards is raw, right. But if the Spurs are unable to trade for a big player, they may take him in as a project. Heightwise, he is ahead of Blair and he can learn the system. He seemed lost in summer league but this is so because he is unfamiliar with the system. He has to start somehow, somewhere, sometime. The Spurs have an effective coaching staff who can teach him. He has the height, the body and riight age. They have to be patient with him. In time he will learn. What with TD still around to share his experience. Some would say that the team doesn't have the luxury of time, that the core has just so much time to play for the championship. But they are not moving to find a big man to can play when TD rests. Money? The NBA is a business? We all are aware of this this, that they just have to make profit. But they owe something to the public, to the fans. Is it enough to be runnerup in the west? If that is the philosophy they adopt, I rest my case. Also, Bonner has to go and sign another player in his place. There is no way he will improve. Also, why are there 4 pg's and 4 sg's? They must trim down the number. Do they expect to trade some of them, somehow?
@rtesoro440 lol Rest your case? What case exactly? The whacked out idea that Spurs should go into Lux tax territory just to make whiny "fans" like you happy? Furthermore, you have NO IDEA who Spurs may have tried to get at this point (like Ive said to you before many times) Do you really think that FO is going to release EVERY move they try to make to the media? Tell us WHY they would ever even CONSIDER doing that, and HOW that could POSSIBLY help the team.
You DEFINITELY need to get over this notion that Spurs OWE you anything..Do you own shares in the Spurs somehow? Do you even understand just how self-absorbed you are coming off?. I'd bet dollars to donuts that if YOU were Holt, YOU would try to avoid paying DOUBLE $ for any player once over the lux tax..And thats just THIS year..what about when the tax gets MUCH worse the year after?
Was there a mention in what i posted about going into Luxury Tax? I was just saying that they owe something to the public, to the fans. Is this NOT FAIR? I was just saying that in any business venture, it is a 2-way traffic, giving and taking. Is it wrong to suggest that they upgrade their lineup? Is it so much so much to think of the public, of the fans from whom they derive their profit? Who was talking about luxury tax? I was just suggesting that they get rid of Blair, Bonner and Neal if possible. Is it bad to suggest that they sign a big guy which they sorely need? Come on Mr. Shareholder! Business as you know is NOT run that way. Much of the Spurs profit comes from the public, from the fans who watch them play and it is hard earned $. And hey, why keep it a secret, if they make any moves. What's so obnoxious about letting the media know, the fans know? Are they hiding something? To YOU perhaps it is TOP SECRET. You almost some like an OWNER, wanting to keep ALL the money in the coffers. As I said, of course, it is a business and running on losses is not right. Even you Mr. HOLT understands this. YOU sound like apologizing that they make profit, were YOU "MR. Shareholder"? I repeat, there is NO mention of luxury tax. It was YOUR wild imagination "Mr. Shareholder."
@rtesoro440 lol..Ok well, since YOU are OBVIOUSLY crying for Spurs to spend more $ and they are ALREADY about 1 mil under lux tax NOW, how can you claim you are NOT saying they should be going into lux tax territory? The simple fact is that Spurs spend right at the lux tax line or OVER EVERY year!! You are just obviously COMPLETELY spoiled.
As for your idea that Spurs should tell media all they try to do, that is comically naive. Does a poker player show his cards to other players? Do you follow THAT logic? Ok, let me dumb this down for you. Lets say Spurs release news that they are targeting some player some other teams might not know much about..You have just told 29 competing teams that THEY TOO might want to go after the guy..SIMPLE, and that's just ONE example. If ANY company has some original idea, what good could come from releasing that info BEFORE they themselves implement it? NONE..Obviously you know very little about business.
This quote shows just how deluded you are "it does NOT mean pocketing every dollar you make"..Player salaries ALONE are around SEVENTY MILLION A YEAR!! They also have MANY other employees to pay, advertising, rents, utilities etc etc etc. Do you even understand that if Spurs or ANY team does NOT make $, thats when owners tend to sell out and teams possibly MOVE to other cities?
You are whining about a team not "winning" when in actuality they have the highest winning % in last decade + than ANY team in ANY sport? Just broke NBA record for 50+ win seasons in a row. FOUR championships since '99!
I have explained MANY times exactly why wasting amnesty on Bonner would be STUPID, but obviously logic just isn't in your wheelhouse. How simple is it to understand that if we're over cap we CANT "replace" $ that bonner makes with a new FA at the same price. ALL we could do is sign a VET MINIMUM CONTRACT. And we can do the VERY same thing now WITHOUT WASTING amnesty on him when we may really need it later. You obviously need to learn what the cap means..
I dont need to start a business kiddo, I already OWN one, so you don't want to go there.
So instead of writing hissyfit posts here showing your COMPLETE lack of knowledge of how the cap works etc, maybe you should EDUCATE yourself a bit on the subject. Maybe then so many wouldn't embarrass you on this blog
You sound like you own the Spurs franchise.You remember this, your profits come from the public, yes the fans who spend their money watching your team play. These fans who invested their hard earned money to watch the Spurs play. Yes, they OWE them to see the Spurs win. Yes, the FO has to spend to make the team better. Yes, they OWE it to the media to make known the moves they make. Tell me, if the Spurs were making any move, what HARM will it do to realease it to the public? Yes, they OWE something to me, to make me happy watching a better game. Yes, they OWE something to me because I am part of the PAYING PUBLIC who gives them money everytime I go and watch them play. The PAYING PUBLIC is the source of their profit which you so religiously want to protect. You don't deserve to be an owner. Precisely, an owner invest, and that means spending. It does NOT mean pocketing everything you make. If suggesting that they waive any player like Blair, Bonner or Neal or trimming the # of pg's and sg's bad? Where does your luxury tax come in SHAREHOLDER? Go ahead and EAT your $ if ever they will come if the fans STOP watching YOUR team play. Remeber that movie about Scrooge who wanted to keep all the money to the end that he forgot everything? If perchance you are a SHAREHOLDER of the Spurs may your tribe increase. You sound so high and all else is so small. Start a business first and learn! It's NOT ALL taking, PART IS SPENDING! I am sure HOLT understands simple economics, unlike a MISER like like. Why a donut for a $? Why not your CENT to my $? Business is 2-way traffic, take and give, NOT TAKE TAKE TAKE Scrooge!
Great game by RR, I honestly didn't know if he had it in him. I would guess that this may be what he needed to get a Toros invite, wonder if we will see him in camp. Was it me or did he seem to not have as much of that deer in the headlights (RJ) look this game?
@imwithstupid He realized it's now or never to put on a decent performance so Pop doesn't cut ties with him. He just seemed a lot more comfortable and confident out there. Guess he realized he could play with D Leaguers. Hope he gets an invite to Spurs training camp but even if he does ok he may be sent to the Toros for this year or maybe part of it if he improves exponentially.