Wow! He is a legit sleeper in the NBA.
I don't have anything against Rivers, but i reckon if i had my way again i would of signed Patty Mills and drafted someone else besides Rivers.
His performance in the Olympics is great and he shows great leadership.
He scored 20 points against Brazil and China, a amazing 39 points against Great Britain 30 more points then loul dang
And hit the buzzer beater upset against Russia who were undefeated.
I know im going to get hate for this, but seriously he is a star waiting to happen.
Also a notable mention. His First start in an NBA game he scored 34 points and 12 assists.
Wow! He is a legit sleeper in the NBA.
I don't know about star, but he is serious value waiting to happen. He could be Jason Smith like value - play way above what his contract is worth. There is no reason why we can't still go for him with Rivers
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He deserves a regular bench gig somewhere- he's in San Antonio for now, whether Pop trusts him enough to spell Parker remains to be seen.
He'd fit best playing in combination with a bigger, defensively-orientated guard who can also handle the ball- a Kirk Hinrich-type.
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Has he gone anywhere yet?
should have waited 'til after the Olympics
Austin Rivers is a 19 years olds with one year of college experience under his belt, i have nothing against Mills, but before we write off Rivers i believe giving him a lil time is would be nice.
The Blazers have been running through PGs at a pretty high rate the past few years, both starters and bench, and they haven't found one to stick. Mills had his opportunity with one of Monty's mentor's and it never happened for him. This isn't the first time he's looked impressive in international play, he's been mentioned as a potentially great backup for CP3 as well. I wouldn't be against having him on the team, but he is not a star waiting to happen.
I'm Aussie and ever since I saw Mills taking it to the rack and finishing exquisatly against USA 4 years ago I knew he was gonna be something. Has potential to be an elite finisher at the rim not so far reserved from Kyrie. Already displayed it at this Olympics.
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Very good scoring guard, extremely quick, works very well in the open court. Can pass the ball, but not his forte. Defensively he can be out muscled by bigger guards, but can stay with the quick ones.
Patty deserves a starting spot somewhere, only problem is the point-guard position is so strong in the NBA these days. Whenever he gets minutes he's always excelled. I've watched Patty for a number of years now, and I think he would have been a first round pick had he stayed at St. Mary's one more season.
We'll see how he goes against the US, hopefully he doesn't force too many shots, which he had been doing quite a bit earlier in the tournament.
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I remember he played relatively well against the US back in 08.
I've thought he was a star in waiting from the 2008 olympics; Infact, I met him last week in the Westfield shopping centre outside the olympic park last week and despite my pleas for him to consider joining the hornets he confirmed that hes commited to the spurs for the upcoming season and seemed quite happy with where hes at (and who wouildnt be the spurs are a great organisation). Still, i completely agree with the premise of this post, i'd much rather Mills to Rivers but nonetheless i'm excited to see how both guys fare in the upcoming year...
Why is it every time I hear the name Patty Mills all I can think of is some white boxer of the "great white hope" era? And the US basketball team is Jack Johnson.
Another great showing by Patty today, had the potential to lead the comp in scoring had there been delegation matches.
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