Ryan Richards is the pure definition of potential. If any other NBA team had their hands on him they would be salivating at the thought of what he could bring this season. Most teams would have him on their roster just because well, that’s what other teams do. They make their decisions based on potential.
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@LincolnKreifels That's what concerns me is that he is not mature enough to do challenge himself. The good thing is, as some mentioned he is only 22, and I agree guys start to grow up around 25 and that's why my car insurance was cut in half when I reached 25.
Richards is not ready yet. Look like he has gained in 50 lbs of too much muscle. He lost his speed. He only needed to gain 20-30lbs from last year summer league. Maybe Richards will be ready at the end of the 2013-14 season, when Bonner's contract is up. At this time Richards is not better than Bonner. I'm not impressed with Richards progress or potential.
I was a bit disappointed with his SL showing - but he flashed some of that potential in the final game. The thing is, it doesn't cost us anything to retain his rights and sometimes these guys don't start to click until 25-26. Especially players who aren't from strong, structured basketball programs. There is no rush. Patience from the Spurs and hard work from RR. Let's see what we have in a few years.
He is a complete project, do we really think another team will sign him? Really? I mean, you saw him in LV...
Take a chance and send him to the 512, its worthless to spend another year in the austrian apple streudel league. If another team signs him, so be it, but they have their own 2nd rd picks to worry about, no one is saying, hey, the spurs might get Ilkan Karaman or TOmislav Zubcic if we dont protect him!
He needs a spot on a well coached ACB team and play against better competition..Swiss leagues and such are just crap
I'm with chrismelendez42 ... the key is consistency with this guy, and if he doesn't solve it, everything else is useless. I also agree with Jason Price, that the coaches in Austin are the ONLY ones who can grab Ryan Richards by the short hairs and tell him "YOU WILL DO X,Y, and Z, and if you don't RC is going to cut you loose!" ... some team in Europe can't do that. I also agree that signing Richards this year is a non-starter, because of the paucity of roster spots available. So I think Austin is the only spot to really develop him, but we can't do it. I guess he rots over in Europe for another year.
I've been on and now off the RR bandwagon... Like you said POTENTIAL, he's got that in spades my friends. What I'm not a fan of is his consistency. I wanna see that for several games in a row, on a night to night basis show me you have the mental focus to go out and compete in every game not just looking like a loaf of bread. He disappears a lot, too much for me to wait around but if he ever decides to wake up and smell the coffee he would be that mismatch nightmare for a lot of people, so that's his upside...