I think on his good nights he is already that. Unless you count "fire" "desire" and "personality." His bad nights on the other hand....
consistency and confidence. Both things he's capable of
Consistently score in ways not involving immediately giving up the ball so he can stand behind the arc and wait to shoot an open 3 pointer.
And count's thing, about not pooping in the pants.
With Collison on the team and Price recovering, we have a couple of legit NBA PGs. I would prefer to see Rush under a different coach as well, but just having guys who can run the show and help set up Rush so he can play to his strengths is great for him.
BTW, why is it OK for most players in this league to play shoddy defense as long as they score, but when they are a pro on defense but have limited offense they should be traded? I am so sick of seeing defense marginalized.
He needs to shoot a lot more 3's. He's a good shooter.
Finish strong. He's efficient from the 3pt range. Mix it up more, and more effectively. Collison should help with that.
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Last edited by IndyPacer; 08-20-2010 at 09:54 PM.
I think you're right- Rush gets scapegoated more than most of the rest of the team. Even Denari was still trotting out the same, tired "I think Rush may really be getting some confidence..." line at the end of last season.
But he gets scrutinized because his talent raises expectations. I never see DJones becoming a complete player- he can't shoot, it's not going to happen. But Rush has shown the ability to score from anywhere on the floor, so when he alligator arms up another midrange jumper that only grazes the net, it's frustrating.
I want him to be second team defensive. Maybe that will shut up some people up, as I think he is, should and will be one of the players that will help bring us a championship. This kid is a winner, and the right coach will make you see that.
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I simply want more aggressiveness and swagger. He is way too timid for a guy with his physical abilities. Maybe he needs something to alter his mood.
Rush is 6-6 / 210 and is probably one of the stronger SGs in the league. He needs to continue to play solid defense. Offensively, if I can combine thoughts from multiple posters, he needs to be CONSISTENTLY AGGRESSIVE.
I don't mind him taking wide open threes, with his percentage he has earned that right. But, I do want to see him create space, fake the shot and drive to the rim and finish... that alone should cause him to get fouled enough times per game to gain an extra 3-4 free throws per game.... which he must hit at 80% or better.
But most of all... I want him to improve in enough areas that all of us here on the forum take his consistent performance for granted and will never again disagree on the value of Rush. When we talk about our SG position, it will only be a discussion of who we should acquire as a solid backup to Rush.
If we drop Rush as a point of disagreement, then he most likely will have satisfied nearly all of us. That's what I want for Rush.
I want him to be more aggressive taking more outside shots and going hard to the basket. I want him to be as aggressive on offense as he is on defense.
I do not want to be making excuses for him at this time next year and I want him to find his role in the offense.
I want him to pick up the slack when the team is behind and no one else seems to be able to take charge. In other words some times he has to be the go-to guy and not fade into the background.
This is a great question, but I think there are a few legitimate arguments why this is (and perhaps should be) the case.
First, basketball is a game that heavily favors the offense. How many other games have one team scoring on nearly 50% of their possessions? The other team is going to score in bunches, and you have to keep up. I think defense is huge, but this isn't a sport where you can lock down on D and get a few points off turnovers and win the game. This also means that the noticeable marginal returns on playing hard defense are pretty low. In this league if you are a defensive specialist that can hold a star to less that 40% shooting you are pretty much a stud. That doesn't translate into a huge difference on the scoreboard, especially if the other team had viable second options.
Second, the same dudes play offense and defense. There are no "defensive positions" like in a lot of field sports or complete lineup substitutions. That means there is no division of labor and that stamina is a zero sum game.
If other games are 50% O and 50% D, AND have those guys split up, you can easily have guys that are 90%+ D and 10% O. In basketball, it is more like 35% D and 65% O and the same guys run both ways. Having one dimensional players is going to hurt bad after one or two.
Third, defense is "easy." At least that is the common perception. You have to be a decent athlete with enough length and a lot of heart to be a great defensive player. We've seen a number of offensive stars knuckle up and become pretty damn good defensive players as well. Not so much in the other direction.
Hell, look at Chuck's comments about DJones. DJones is an athletic freak by human standards. That, plus his grit makes a good defender. But he doesn't have whatever nebulous talent that requires good offense.
Think about the inverse. Does anyone think that Monta Ellis or Amare or any other athletic and talented offensive star can't be a pretty good defender in this league? I think they can, and maybe its a myth (or Jordan's fault) but it certainly feels that way.
Don't take this as an endorsement that basketball does not need defense, or that Rush's defense isn't valuable: that isn't my point at all. Its just not nearly valuable enough to ignore the offense of Rush where (1) we already have another defensive SG, (2) we have other talented wings that need some burn, and (3) he has gotten ample opportunity to develop his game, and somehow seems to take a step back every time he takes a step forward.
Anyway, I know there are some compelling arguments the other way, so lets hear them!
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Think I'd like to see him come off the bench as a 6th man til he consistently has big nights.