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Rudy = ?

It's not a math question, so stick around a moment.

Before I get to the (non-math) question hidden in this post, I had a quick observation about Rudy I haven't heard mentioned on here yet (although I'll admit I haven't read EVERY comment, like Mortimer or Tom5-oh): The fate that has befallen Sergio will not be repeated by Rudy.

I've heard some comments on here that question whether Rudy may fold if he doesn't get a ton of minutes right away. First of all, I don't think Sergio has folded, despite his struggles, so the point might be mute (moot). However, I think Rudy will work harder to adapt to the American style of basketball because of what he's given up. The money he's leaving behind in Europe to come play for us; the four-year deal he'll likely be signing, with the final two years being a team option; all of that means Rudy has more incentive than his Spanish point guard friend. I believe we will see more out of Sergio next year, assuming he's still here, but only because I think Sergio now has a better idea of what he needs to work on. I think Rudy knows he has four years of hard work to earn his really big payday. No doubt he'll be tempted sometimes to hang it up and go make a lot of money back home, but his decision to come over here shows that Rudy is not just a C-T-C player.

Now, on to my question: Which current NBA player do you think Rudy has the best chance to resembling? Granted our knowledge of Rudy is limited, but use a current player to give an example of what Rudy will be when he's adjusted to the NBA style.

My answer: Ray Allen. Allen has always been a deceptively clever player. Your initial impression is that he must simply be a shooter with little else to offer, but then he jukes you out of your shoes and drives by for the floating jumper or a nifty lay-up. He's thin, so you think he must be weak, but his length and quickness make up for some of his lacking muscle. Still, all of those other skills are set up by the fact that he's a deadly outside shooter who must be respected. He might drop 30 on you one night, then only rack up 10 the next, but you better never forget he's on the court or he's going to burn you.

OK, your turn.

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