This shouldn't be a hard decision. Just take Rubio. The Olympics is a fairly good indicator of his talent.
- As a 17 yo, he held his own against the U.S. team despite having to play left-handed for much of the game (fractured ligament in right wrist).
- He led his Olympic team in steals with 17 in only 148 minutes (the next highest was 8). Lebron led U.S. team with 19 steals in 198 minutes.
- He also led his team in assists (24). CP3 led U.S. with 33 in 174 minutes.
- He rebounded well (was tied for 3rd with M. Gasol, though Marc only played 128 minutes).
- Plus ... he's both younger and more experienced than anyone in the draft. He loves the game & will definitely get better.
Seems like a no-brainer to me. You've got to take Rubio.
Considering the role he had to play, I think Darrell Arthur is as good a talent as Jason Thompson at this point. People think Memphis's problem was PF ... I disagree. Memphis's problem was youth and very inconsistent defensive effort (I'm looking at you RG & OJ).
Sacramento does not seem to be a good trade partner for Memphis. If we're looking to move the #2 or Conley ... I'd look at Portland, Washington, Minnesota, Houston and maybe the Lakers and Atlanta.
By Toby Sells
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