The San Antonio Spurs have never been afraid of drafting a player and letting him develop overseas. The "Draft and Stash" philosophy has helped the Spurs during their fifteen season playoff streak.
The Spurs 2010 second round draft pick, Ryan Richards has spent the past two and a half years developing his game while playing in various European Basketball Leagues. However, in yet another move to a new team it seems Ryan is still trying to find his niche.
It’s not a fresh news but Ryan Richards signed in Greece with Ikaros. He just scored 14pts vs Panathinaikos http://t.co/2XlX3bn2z0— Sportando (@sportando) December 9, 2013
So he appears to be starting off the right foot with a 14 point debut against Panathinaikos.
Moreover, this isn't the first time Ryan has hopped teams. He has played for Great Britain, Gran Canaria, the Lugano Tigers, Zepter Vienna, Al Nasr Dubai, Asseco Gdynia, BBC Monthey and now with Ikaros.
As the journey continues for Richards, how long before you think we see him in silver and black? At the rate he is going (and his sub-par performances with the Spurs Summer League teams), I doubt it will ever happen.
Trade him to Philidelphia for a real prospect, and let Bret Brown spend his time with this headcase.
If he learns to play post defense, he is already capable of playing at this level. He didn't have sub pat Summer league performances, he received very limited minutes, The assumption was not for him to prove he is ready but for teaching.
The Spurs would have brought Bertrans over for the Summer but he was hurt. My guess, just as they have done with all of these guys is bring them in for personal instruction and to see how they have progressed. Ryan scored 18pts in hs last Summer league is less than 22min, if memeory serves me. He hit 3 for 3 on 3's and showed a lot of post moves for scores against reasonable opposition. Ryan apparently also didn't jump teams but was sold.
I really don't get why many who write for this sight have formed this Ryan is a head case line. The guy may not pan out, but it will have more to do with a lack of D and rebounding, but the guy has an nba offensive game, and rebound about like B Lopez did until this year. He really hasn't show interest in the non offensive areas. He will likely learn in a few years to pay attention to playing D and will be a big help to someone. Ian Mahimmi is doing ok with no real strong game on O or D, Ryan has O and no D, yet. He will learn and we will see him or use him for another player is a deal.