Rudy Fernández-UPDATED

UPDATED with his last two games: Against the Heats and the Nets

Rudy is getting around 30 mins per game with the Nuggets, but they can trade him because they have Brewer, who is playing well in the last two games (Rudy is injured and Brewer is filling his spot). They could accept Wesley because he would give them a chance to bet on his youth and rookie contract. The Wolves would get a player who could help them to reach the playoffs as soon as this season.

The last time Rudy and Ricky played together in ACB, in 2008, they were a basketball machine. Rudy was the best ACB scorer, the best in steals (2nd was Ricky), the 6th best in assists (7th was Ricky), 8th in dunks, 1st in threes made per game, 1st in FT made per game (6th was Ricky), 2nd in fouls received (9th was Ricky). Their skills were really complementary and made each other and their team better. Both fit perfectly in Adelman´s systems.

In their respective last ACB regular seasons Luis Scola had an efficiency (similar to PER) of 21,1, Marc Gasol got 27,8 and Rudy 25,1, but Rudy made that number with less playing time than Marc. Time adjusted Rudy had a better record than both Scola and Marc Gasol before coming to the NBA.

Rudy is very good playing off the ball. Cutting to the rim and shooting from the three point line are two things he can do well, and those are complementary skills, because if his defender protects the rim he can shoot the three, he has such a quick release. But if the defender gets closer to Rudy, he won´t be able to provide help near the rim and will get surprised by Rudy if he gets distracted for a second. In order to get the best of these abilities, Rudy needs a point guard with great passing skills out there though, someone able to find him in the right place, as Sergio Rodriguez was in Rudy´s rookie season, when he made the all time rookie record of three pointers in a regular season and participated in the all star dunk contest, thanks to his many alley-oops from Sergio´s passes:

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More after the jump.

Once Sergio left the Blazers, PGs finding Rudy cutting to the rim has happened only occasionally:

With Blake.

With Patty Mills.

He still gets those passes from Ricky when they play in the national team: One Two

Rudy is a great passer, with an amazing variety, making his passing game impredictable. His basketball IQ is off the charts. Many of his teammates considered him the best passer, in a Blazer team with Andre Miller in its roster! By the way, most of them considered him the best shooter.Link

Lob especialist, mostly from pick & roll:

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Between Dwight Howard's legs.

Off inbounds

In transition: Link1 Link Link3

Rudy will provide energy and effort all game long. You can take that to the bank.

Defense: Great oportunistic defender, always very active, defends the passing lanes very well, disrupts the offense and helps his teammates, sometimes a bit too risky. He was not great at keeping his man in front of him, but he has improved a lot this season, and now people at Denver Stiffs put together "Rudy" and "pesky defender" in the same sentence. High basketball IQ in defense too.

2 steals in a row

Circus steal

Ocasional block

Steal and dunk

He´s been clutch, but we don´t have enough of a track record, because he couldn't have many opportunities in Brandon Roy´s territory, for obvious reasons. Link1 Link2

Sometimes the perfect storm happens:


defense+2p+steal+3 in less than five seconds

PG?: In December 2010 the Blazers surprised the Pacers with Rudy at PG position and won a game they were going to lose because his only reliable PG, Andre Miller, got ill, but the experiment ended later on because Rudy is a not a good ballhandler for the PG position and teams adjusted. But he can be an unexpected weapon at point.

Rudy playing point guard vs. Pacers.

Rudy is an oportunistic offensive rebounder: Link1 Link2

McMillan said almost laughing: "This guy never takes the same shot twice". Link 1 Link Link3

Take a look at his performance in the last World Championship. He could be compared with Kevin Durant.

-Rudy and Ricky are the most exciting players I´ve ever followed. Lots of great Youtubes (you already know the Ricky´s ones, so here you´ll find some Rudy´s):

Rudy Fernandez 4,3,2, the face of Yao Ming

Rudy Fernandez tribute to Sergio Rodriguez


Rudy Fernandez mix

Rudy Fernandez - El3vation

Rudy Fernandez Just Perfect

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