*I'm still not sure I'm using it right. That might have come off as too Droopy even by my standards.
Rush is also a shooter.
He'd do well to add a midrange shot, and be more comfortable finishing around the basket. But at the moment, Rush is best at shooting. (or learn good movements, an ability to come off screens..if out team would set screens..a la Rip or Ray)
Which means Rush needs someone to pass him the ball when he's open. Someone to look for him. At the moment, he can not create his own offense, which means he's limited. So as I said, either he needs to learn how to come off screens better to get himself open (meaning we need to set screens) or he needs to become comfortable with the "ball fake take a step in shoot a midrange shot" move, or he can be more comfortable with finishing at the rim. (All three would be good..and this is all stuff he can learn to do..)
Which makes it far less shocking that his scoring picks up when TJ sits down.
And this offense, particularly hurts his production, because either we run up the court and get a three (which, in 90% of cases goes to either Danny or Troy, and then probably 5-6% of the time the PG takes the shot..leaving a limited percentage to find Rush.)
Then, we didn't really have an offense. It was just sort of TJ/Watson/AJ making it up. Which meant, TJ would dribble the ball for twenty seconds and turn it over, AJ would try and run the pick and roll or Watson would pass into the post. AJ and Earl would find Rush if he was open, but he doesn't run himself off of screens (partially because we don't set any) or even really do anything besides stand in the corner. So if he's open, AJ and Earl would get it to him, but if not..they'd pretty much ignore him on offense. (or pass it to him because he had a better angle into the post.) However, with Price and Watson in, the ball movement was better, which meant that Rush would be open more often, and therefore they were able to get him the ball a bit more.
So it's a combo, the lack of offensive structure hurts him, because there aren't any screens to run off of, any set plays for him. And the fact that he's virtually stagnant, and uncomfortable with a midrange shot and finishing at the basket.
Basically, a more structured offense and some improved skills (movement, midrange, finishing) would make Rush a very good starter. But he probably wasn't told to work on that. Jimmy hates that step in for midrange jump shot (which is SO short sighted..) so he wouldn't want him to work at that. There is a lack of screens, so why would Rush work on getting better with that..so he's probably just been told to work on finishing at the basket..and his three point shot.
I think it would be a mistake to trade Rush. And get him on a good team with a good coach, (Pop) and we'll be kicking ourselves..
I am tired of hearing how this system isn't good for Rush. Who drafted him knowing that? Rush would be better off playing SF imo.
Rush isn't a shot-creator, rather a low-usage role-player, but his usage is so low it's inexcusable and it's hard to put the blame entirely on the system, coach or whatever. If he's going to shoot so little, then he needs to improve that 52% TS%. Good player, valuable contributions on other aspects of the game, but he needs to fix that.
Remember Brandon/Roy's rookie season? They had a great chemistry when Brandon worked the ball into Roy. That disappeared last season.
The crazy thing is Larry's drafted/traded for several players who are very instinctively smart basketball players (Hibbert, McRoberts, Rush, Price, Hansbrough). I honestly believe they would win more games without a coach. With a good coach, I think they're a playoff team right now.
I also like that they all seem to have great chemsitry with each other (and it looked like Paul and McBob had very good chemistry too) I think that was most obviously seen with the Hibbert/Rush/Price trio we saw a few times.