The Spanish Phenom Ricky Rubio, Wait What?
The Minnesota Timberwolves have officially announced that their 5th overall selection from the 2009 NBA Draft, Ricky Rubio, has decided to come play for them next season. Rubio, his former team Barcelona, and the Timberwolves have worked out a deal that will allow Rubio to leave Barcelona to fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA. The infamous Rubio has been raved about and sought after ever since the videos of the teenager broke out and during the World Championships and Olympics. I, however, can’t wrap my head around everyone’s rave reviews of the 20-year old Spaniard.
First of all, he is listed at 6 feet 4 inches and weighs anywhere between a buck eighty and a buck ninety. He has good size for a point guard but at that weight there is absolutely no way Rubio can hold his own among the other physical guards in the NBA. Rubio also does not have the blinding speed or blow-by ability needed to create his own shot at the next level. Which leads me to his inability to shoot the ball effectively from the field. Rubio shot only 39% from the field, 22% from behind the arc, and 6.5 ppg while starting in 17 of 20 games with Barcelona last season. Really? Those are the numbers being put up in the far inferior Euroleague by a guy who many think can be star in the NBA; I don’t buy it. We always see the same 10 second video clip of Rubio throwing behind his back or over his head and all of a sudden he’s the next Pete Maravich, come on. Rubio is all flash, no substance, and a whole lot of finesse. I don’t think he’ll ever live up to all the hype.