Attacking the rim doesn't mean not passing the basketball--indeed, often, when you attack the rim and draw defenders, it is the best opportunity for a player to get assists by getting the ball to the player left open by penetration. MAAR has gotten better at this, but he's still a ways from a good passer.
MAAR is a good player. He's a tough kid with nice moves and touch near the basket, an improved jump shot, and a great motor. He has improved dramatically since he got to campus. I'm very happy to have him. However, he is not, IMO, our best player, nor did he save our season last year, nor does he remind me in any way of Russell Westbrook.