A shout out this morning to Britain-based HoopsFix and “hardworking 6’5” 187 lb. versatile small forward” Peter Grumble for tipping BallinEurope off to a big play from Ryan Richards, currently competing for the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Summer League.
For more on Richards, click below the break, but now, the clip.
Richards was selected by the Spurs at no. 49 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft; formerly with Gran Canaria 2014 and Lugano Tigers, Richards finished the 2011-12 season with Sokhumi Tbilisi. In yet another Summer League bid (see below for highlights from 2011), Hoops Fix notes that “Through four games so far, Richards is averaging 3.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 11 minutes per game.”
A seriously thorough analysis of the aspiring Spur’s game was written after last Tuesday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers squad by Paul Garcia of Project Spurs; Garcia notes that “Even with [Richards’] stat line not looking so good, it’s interesting to see that his +/- rating ended at zero. Yes, Richards had a lot of negatives that need to be looked on, but he also had some positives that are rare from the big men on the Spurs’ bench on this Summer League squad.
“The Spurs face the Miami Heat tonight and the Dallas Mavericks Saturday to wrap up [the Summer League schedule]. For Richards, if he receives the minutes, he’ll have to make every second on the court count in these next 48 hours.”