He is underrated alot. This is mostly because he plays in a team oriented offense. Everyone pretty much gets the ball except maybe Dyess apart from the occasional jumper. If the Pistons went to Rip, if he was the go to guy he would average 25pts.
And about the cat and mouse, he idolized Reggie Miller. He copied all the little tricks and fakes to get around screens. And the Piston big guys do a great job of picking of his defender.
I love the Piston's entire outside game actually : Chauncy and Rip are a top backcourt in the league, Stuckey has grown on me, and I have always been a fan of Dixon and Prince (Afflalo was nice in college too).
Yea Rip is tireless lol, he is pretty entertaining. He's almost always money on that mid-range off the curl. Not a big fan of the mask tho
Just watch him on offense, He is moving constantly and coming off screens constantly. Its really a joy to watch him on offense and watch how hard he works to get the ball where he wants. Offensively, his midrange is top notch. He runs like Reggie did. He is underrated but pretty much the whole pistons starting 5 is underrated.
it's great to watch his game. I try to do what he's doing. just constantly running and running 'til i be open. but i always get my energy zapped.
no doubt Rip is a good player to learn from. If I had the energy for that I would. When I played organized ball I would do it for some plays, but after a few rounds I'd say "coach, just run some 4-man sets for the next few plays, I'm just gonna stand in the corner here like Bruce Bowen and wait for a pass if it comes to me" LOL
For me, a player like Rip is more entertaining to watch than Lebron, Kobe,Wade,etc. Watching Rip is entertaining as heck. Seriously. Yesterday, I found myself observing him for 5 minutes of the game and he was insane. The guy goes all out.
And what about his defense? For a guy who expends so much energy on offense, his defense is pretty good too..
He's killed Ray Allen last night. Did anyone see how this dude was blowing right by Allen? He made it look easy out there. I think Rip is the key to the Detroit/Boston series. If he can continue to punish Allen the Pistons are going to take the series.