San Antonio Spurs 2010 Ryan Richards and his team BC Vienna captured the 2013 Austrian Championship. Richards and BC Vienna defeated Oberwart, 68-55, 3-2 in the best of five series to capture the A Bundesliga title in the Austrian League. Richards averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds per game and in the title game, finished with 10 points and 3 rebounds in 26 minutes.
Richards will now be heading to Las Vegas to join the Spurs Summer League squad in a few weeks but before he tries to impress the Spurs coaching staff, check out highlights from this past season with BC Vienna.
So what do you think Spurs fans? Like what you see out of Richards or does he still need more time overseas before coming to the NBA?
With 2 year playing Euro League I think Ryan Richards is mature enough to play in the NBA. Give him some pre-season refinements and he'll learn more under the Spurs system. Richards is far better player who will replace DeJuan Blair. He's explosive and is willing to learn.
I like how he didn't showboat after his dunks, just turns around and gets back on defense, shows some maturity.
I would love to see him get some time in the preseason with rotation players, not sure if that's possible. Austin would be a step up in competition for him, he looked too big for the guys in the highlights. I think our summer league team may have some talent on it that deserves a real look. I hope Marcus Denmon and Deshaun Thomas have a good showings too.
Anxious to see if this translates into a better showing in the summer league. Richards looks like a different player. He was so limited offensively last summer and not very impactful on the court defensively.
22 years old...7 ft...230 lbs. If he does anything in the summer league (like Leonard did)...keep him around. Atleast in Austin. Let him learn the system. Beef up a little.
Anyone worried about his attitude issues and professionalism? recall he literally quit on Team Britain and left a team for "personal reasons"
We shall see in the summer league. Of course, the summer league isn't the BEST way to gauge a person's game either, simply due to the fact the lack of talent there is pretty subpar too. Nevertheless, it's still decent competition. I'm still not ENTIRELY hung up on Splitter. Yes he's improved, yes he has developed chemistry, and yes he did have a big part of us getting to the finals. But that Finals is still on my mind. Unlike Manu who simply played TERRIBLE (excluding Game 5), Splitter didn't even SHOW UP. I mean Splitter's biggest highlight of the Finals is getting epically denied by lebron on a dunk attempt. And you can't use the excuse of the Finals being his first Finals and him getting stage fright. Kawhi Leonard was brilliant in the Finals and it was also his first. Not to mention, Leonard had the task of guarding lebron too and he still played exceptional. Splitter faced one of the worst front courts in the NBA, and didn't do anything. That's saying something. Duncan did his part for most of the series, but Splitter was nowhere to be found. Richards has potential I know that, but he's been putting himself in situations that don't help his cause. The fact remains, he's playing against really bad competition. My mind will change on him if and only if he completely BEASTS up summer league. Not just play decent, but BEASTS IT UP.
Thanks for the footage Jeff. A year with Austin might do wonders. He seems to have learned to play in the post, a big change from the Odum- Ryan, who thought he was a 2 guard. No dribbling or outside shooting in the highlights.
FOR SURE....he will not be able to do those moves in NBA..the best case scenario for him in NBA is Ryan Hollins
@Spurs_n_Devs only if they don't sign him.
@JeffProjectSpurs why judge what we don't know. You assume it was attitude. Vaughn said he was very coach-able and eager to learn. We all need to understand that this guy may or may not be a good player, but he has had so little actual playing time in the past 3 yrs, that he is still just developing confidence. He was hurt for the better part of 2 yrs, played on teams that preferred to play vets, and had about 18 games, this year were he had at least 20 minutes on the court. Summer league may show something, but 25 games, playing 35 minutes in Austin is a better measure. The guy is also, 22yrs old. A college senior, with very few games played.I defend him, because we don't really know much about him, and a rush to judgement, either on attitude, or a short time on the court is good for no one.
@jojo707 indeed. he still has a ways to go though. i want to see him in a tougher euro league.
@ManuParker Why would say something like that ? Hollins has no ability to put the ball on the floor, shoot a 3, or hit a pull up jump shot. Hollins is more athletic than Ryan, and is a better rebounder, but they are very different players. We could use a Hollins on our current team. Negativity based on no knowledge or direct information, is more simply silly, not informative.