K.durant and R.gay
the Grizzlies are getting better eacvh year the goes by? Really?
if you look at the grizz, they went from having the worst record in 06-07, getting the 4th pick, to tieing the worst record in 07-08-ending up 29 and getting the 5th pick. in 08-09 they ended up 24th in the league with the 2nd pick. so in 3 years they moved up a total 5 spots. it's actually 4 but they lost to minnesota and ended up with the 6th best of chances to win. not complaing though!!!! 2nd pick baby!!
that just sounds like a hater comment Terrence williams.
If you're trying to say that Gay has ALL the potential in the world, than you're right...
If the question is, will Gay ever become the best SF in the league, the obvious answer is NO! He just doesn't have that mentality to be the best at anything. He's a #3 option offensively because he'd rather not have all that pressure on his shoulders and when pressed to be THE GUY, his game follows suit and he tries to do too much.
I've been enamored by his athleticism since he was at UCONN, but I've also been disappointed by the seeming lack of emotion he shows for the game. I think that's just who he is and everyone needs to accept that. If he played with intensity on defense he would be the best wing defender in the league... he just doesn't bring it most nights.
One final thought, it seems to me that Rudy understands what it will take to reach the next tier of players, he simply can't execute.... there's a difference between knowing what you have to do and actually doing it.... I think that's the main thing about Durant~ he goes out an does IT and he's been doing it since HS~ see the mcdonalds all star game.
Rudy is the kind of guy who keeps you in the game throughout, but when you're down 1 for the final possession, he's not the guy you want with the ball, Durant is. Rudy would get off a decent shot, but Durant would connect and that's the main difference.
Rudy's mindset is similar to Derrick McKey who used to play for Seattle and Indiana. He had the potential to be an All-NBA player, but he just didn't have the fire. He played hard, specialized on defense, and was content to be a supporting player even though he had the talent to be the star player. He might end up being a higher scoring version of McKey - averaging 18-22 ppg as team's number 2 scorer and perhaps top wing defender, but not being the guy to carry the team on his back.
Am not writing him off yet though - he is still young and has a couple of years more to show he can be "the man" for a team.
Ya he has massive potential. He definitly seems unenthused at times in the game. That all changes with maturity or it doesn't. i expect gay to mature mentaly and start playing to his potential. I'm not counting on gay to ever become a top 3 SF in the league. At best he could crack top 5 in he's lucky. In terms of defensive SF's though, i see him ((((becoming)))) a top 3 in the league.
Don't count rudy out already. at 23, he's still learning and creating the moves he's going to use for the future and end of his career. He's mainly been underrated in the league so far.. only because he's on memphis. It's such a shame that people look at it like that. He could easily surprise everybody here who downed on him because of the glimpses they've seen of him.
I'm not disapointed...and i've watched the grizzlies since vancouver days....why would you guys be?
look, IMO, rudy has had like 5 years to turn the corner into a BIG TIME player and he's never done it.... You can keep waiting, but I've sort of given up. He's an above average player and an elite athlete, no doubt, but if it hasn't clicked with him yet, what makes you believe it will happen any time soon?
5 years? this was his 3rd year in the league. his surrounding cast has gotten better...and will be better as well after the draft. Plus, i don't think he's given up on himself. i simply won't give up on an extremely gifted 23 year old. thanks though. i stick with my team and its players dude. i don't just give up on players like that.