As Booker memorably said, "Kanter got his stats, but he took the L as
always." Kanter could score, but that was it. And Gobert is starting to
score a fair amount too.
I like the comparison of Bill Russell and Rudy. I also watched Russell play,
starting in the mid-1960s. He was the most tenacious rebounder I've ever
seen, and he was slim compared to other centers and had very long arms. Russell
was never much of a scorer away from the rim, but he could really run the floor.
If Rudy gets close to as good as Russell was, he will be a perennial All-Star.
If I was going to start an NBA squad today with any players in NBA history, I
would either start it with Bill Russell or Magic Johnson.
Rudy may not be there yet but he is very Russellesque in his play. I grew up as
a Bob Cousy fan and watched the Celtics regularly. Rudy moves with the same
fluidity and drive Bill did. His offensive game is right now on par with Bills.
Russell was never offensively gifted, but his defensive acumen ws off the
charts. Rudy will evolve into a 20-20 man down the road. Teams hate to play vs
He needs to stay grounded is a great suggestion. Probably one of the biggest
problems with players is THEY think they are so great. Step by step lets see
what Rudy does. People say Mike Jordan is the greatest basketball player ever.
Not so fast. Wilt the stilt caused more rule changes than any other player.
Bill Russell has eleven rings a handful more than MJ. I will give MJ the credit
for the greatest shooting guard. Thank you Jody for a excellent article.
While it may have been nice to have Enis Kanter for his scoring, I would take
Rudy any day over him. Rudy comes ready to play every day. Kanter simply
didn't want to be here, and it showed. Rudy has become a very important
part of something that could be very special.