Is it a coincidence that Dennis Lindsey brought both of these guys to Utah?
Before the 2017-2018 season, Ricky Rubio and Jae Crowder had become quite the +/- stars in the NBA. Despite being on poor teams at times, these two were able to show positive impact for their teams. Over on Cleaning The Glass, they decided to look at a few of these Plus-Minus Machines in the league, two of which ended up on Utah’s roster:
He also played often with two non-shooting big men, with Derrick Favors at power forward and Rudy Gobert at center. That required a large adjustment on Rubio’s part and a more congested paint is perhaps the reason he drew shooting fouls at one of the lowest rates of his career and went to floaters and runners more often. Here’s some of the section on Rubio:
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