Ricky finished with 8 points 3 dimes and 3 boards in 20 minutes of action, 2-4 from the field, 4-6 FT, 4 TO, 1 steal; and so so defense on Bo Mccaleb of Siena. He has two cool passes in the highlights and the basket not a masterpiece of offensive skill but at least he knows how to finish games!
Barcelona and Rubio advance to the round of 16
Ricky's stats after 10 games:
7.4 pts on 46% TS, 3.7 ast, 2.4 Rbd, 1.9 St, 2.1 TO - playing 21:30 minutes per game.
Not too shabby...
Are those stats saying he'll be a bust or that he's "overhyped"? lets see
First of all regarding this game, I think that since the game meant little for final standings in the group, I think the coach spared him for league play.
Now, obviously these are mediocore numbers compared to the NBA numbers you expect from starting guards. but consider Brandon Jennings euroleague averages:
In 16 Euroleague games, Jennings averaged 7.6 points, 1.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals in 19.6 minutes per game,
I'm saying that the Euroleague stats are way lower than NBA stats for same player when he comes over. slower pace, different assist count, more discipline of young talent and a "grinding' offensive game that favors forwards and centers.
Ricky is a young player on a short leash. that's the way it is in Europe. but even established Euroleagues stars show mediocore stat lines compared to NBA star stat lines:
Example: Anthony Parker, Euroleague Final four MVP in 2004 and league MVP in 2005 and 2006, averaged 15.8 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game and 1.6 steals per game in the Euroleague.
One more example of the "low" stat lines for the best players in Europe: Šarūnas Jasikevičius, all-euroleague 2003 and 2004 and starting PG for the euroleague champion averaged 13.4 points and 3.2 assists (the same guy single-handedly destroyed the US olympic team in 2004)
So have hope. He has a lot of elements to his game that needs work, but I think that even if you discount his experience, winner attitude and leadership will be invaluable by themselves, his play, stat wise, will be way better in the National Basketball Association.
If you look at BJ stat jump (Rookie year: 15 pts, 5.7 ast, 3.6 boards at a slow pace team), I project Ricky to have a stat line of 14 pts, 8-10 ast, 5-7 boards, 2 steals per game.
Not too bad, right?