Sure Rudy had an off year. His best friend was traded and he admittingly was down in the dumps with no family around and his girlfriend in Spain. Rudy also missed 20 games due to his back injury and it was obvious he wasnt his self and not getting into the lane and being aggresive like his rookie year. Yet Rudy was 98-266 from 3 point range in 62 games while Martel was 124-332 in 82 games. Rudy played 1,441 minutes while Martel played 2,005. Thats 222 3 pointers combined between the 2 with the rest of the team accounting for only 269 3 pointers. Thats 45% of the Blazers 3 pointers that would be gone next year if Rudy is shipped outta town.
Besides a Greg dunk, nobody electrifies the crowd like a Rudy 3. His 5 points in 2.7 seconds was one of my favorite moments from his Rookie year. Without Sergio throwing him alleyoops, something I think Andre coulda done more of and Rudy was open several times calling for the ball, he didnt attack the rim as much this year probably due to his back issues. But Rudy can redeem himself I believe and his contract is cheap for another 2 years. Why does everyone want to dump this guy? Is it because Rudy himself doesnt want to be here? I think Rudy is depressed in Portland and the Blazers should do everything they can to get the old Rudy back. He brings energy off the bench and the rotation of Roy Batum Rudy Greg and Aldrige was our best lineup last year in limited minutes.
If we trade Rudy we lose him and Martel, our 2 best 3 point threats and Nate has said its all about spreading the defense. With Andre an abismal 16-80 from downtown that would leave Roy and Batum as our only outside threats with the unproven Babbit. Sure we could sign Kover but does he bring the passing and court savy that Rudy does? Roy shot 73-221 from downtown last year which was way down from the year before. Rudy brings a lot of intangibles to the offense and I think that if Nate let him loose more to run the offense, remember his passing in his rookie year ( between Shaq's legs anyone? ), that the Blazers 2nd unti could run with more. Rudy is an uptempo guard and does make poor decisions a lot like a point gaurd named Nash. I believe that Nate has stunted Rudy's growth and that he will flourish on another team that will trust him more. But why not here? Im tired of hearing that our players will do well on another team because we have too many good players and not enough minutes. That bull! Nate doesnt define roles well at all. I think if Rudy was told he was the 6th man and would play 28-30 minutes filling in for Andre, Roy and Batum and that the Blazers were going to help him move his family or girlfriend here that Rudy would be very happy here for the remainder of his contract. His trade value is very low right now and like Greg, he is worth more to the Blazers than other teams.
I dont want to see Rudy traded. I love his no look passes and energy and defense. Yes I said defense! He was #1 in steals per minute off the bench last year and had 62 steals to 61 for Roy in just under 1,000 minutes less than Roy. Roy's defense also leaves alot to be desired but Rudy also only had 72 tunrovers compared to Bayless' 94 and Bayless played 137 less minutes. I think the Blazers would miss Rudy a lot if he was traded and so would the fans. So why not try to make Rudy happy here? Have the Blazers done all they could to aclimate Rudy to the US and to Portland and the rain? I hope that the Blazers at least try to keep Rudy and make him happy not only for the fans but to the Blazers 3 point shooting which will dissapear with Martel and Rudy gone.
Another option would be to sign Felipe Reyes, one of Rudy's good friends and fills a position we need in a banger backup PF. Felipe is a good rebounder and gets to the free throw line unlike a certain power forward making 11 mil this year. I think if the Blazers were to sign Reye, he would be really cheap doesnt have a buyout, and define Rudy's role and make him feel like and integrate player in achieving a championship here in Portland, that we could still turn this all around and get our old Rudy BACK!
What do you Edger's think? Do you still want Rudy here if he was the 08' - '09 Rudy? How can they turn this around and make Rudy happy again?