'70 Rudy Larusso opal card
99 Overall
  • 92 INS
  • 89 OUT
  • 82 PLY
  • 92 ATH
  • 90 DEF
  • 91 REB

Rudy "Brutus" LaRusso

Written by mikistroz

I was grinding some evolution cards in Triple Threat Offline when suddenly, I dropped this card from the vault. I didn't know what to expect because I didn't know LaRusso as a player beforehand, but I was in for a pleasant surprise.

Gameplay preview

Bought for: A lot of time spent on playing Triple Threat Offline

Strengths:

  • Position: In real life, he played PF/SF, so you could say this is technically another out of position card because he can play as a shooting guard, and considering his height, it's a big advantage.
  • Inside scoring: He's a very strong finisher, he blows by people, he can dunk on defenders, post guys up, and overall he gets it done inside.
  • Outside scoring: LaRusso's got all the shooting badges you need. He can pull the trigger from anywhere on the court. His release might take some getting used to, but when you get comfortable, he's a big threat from the perimeter.
  • Defence: If you play against smaller matchups, you'll get lots of blocks, and your opponent will have a tough time scoring inside. He also grabs lots of boards.

Weaknesses:

  • Speed: He's not Usain Bolt, not sluggish by any means, but could've been faster.
  • Lobs: This card isn't super athletic, so super crazy alley-oops are most likely out of the question.

Recommended Strategy: Shoot lots of 3-pointers, cut to the basket, use your physical advantage in the post.

Fun fact: He scored 50 points in 1962, which at that time was the most ever by a Jewish NBA basketball player, in a game for the Lakers against the St. Louis Hawks. (©Kaws's Random Facts)

Use if: You want an all-round great player that's effective on both sides of the court.

Don't use if: You want someone faster, or perhaps even a more elite defender.

Bottom Line: If you have some free time to use and try to get him in Triple Threat, it's definitely worth it to go for it - I'd say he'd make most squads even better, as a versatile player.


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