Oh Hey, I Remember You!

Almost two years after being drafted, Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio has finally agreed to join the team that drafted him back in 2009, the crappy TWolves in Minnesota:
He’s special,” one NBA GM told ESPN.com in April of 2009. “There aren’t many kids you’ll find at his age with such a terrific feel for the game. He just knows how to play. When he gets out there with players 10 years older than him, he just looks like he belongs. He’ll have some adjusting to do in the NBA, but the truth is, he’s as NBA-ready as most of the college kids that are coming out. He’s playing on a very big world stage… 

Rubio is very sketchy. When I watch highlight videos like the one below, he looks like the second coming of John Stockton or Chris Paul. But his recent performances in the EuroLeague before coming over are suspect:
 Rubio has, by virtually all accounts, regressed the past two years. After averaging 10 ppg and 6 apg for DKV Joventut, while shooting 41 percent from 3 during the 2008-09 season, he has struggled with Barcelona. In the 2009-10 season — his first season with Barcelona — his numbers dipped to 7 ppg and 4 apg in both the Spanish and Euroleague. There wasn’t a huge concern afterward because Rubio had joined a veteran team stacked with stars and adjusted his game to just fit in. Plus, his team won the 2010 Euroleague Championship. But this season his numbers slipped again — in part thanks to a foot injury. Rubio averaged 6.5 points and 3.2 assists in the Euroleague, shooting just 39 percent from the field and 22 percent from 3. A number of top NBA international scouts who watched Rubio play this season walked away disappointed with his development. Some questioned whether he had peaked as an 18 year old…

Posted on June 3, 2011, in minnesota twolves, NBA, nba draft, ricky rubio. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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