The Spanish Armada

When Ricky Rubio was drafted 5th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves many thought that it was a risky move. It was not assured that Rubio was going to leave Spain and, although his talents were unquestionable, many scouts wondered if he would ever come to Minnesota. Over the next two years Rubio did not seem to improve his game and develop the way many hoped he would. In 2010, playing for FC Barcelona in Spain, he averaged only 6.5 points and 3.5 assists while playing just over 20 minutes a game. Then on Friday June 17th, 2010 Ricky Rubio announced that he was leaving Spain to fulfill his dream of playing in the NBA.

This time around the hype surrounding Rubio was not as great as it was in 2009 but many were still eager to see him play. There is no doubt he has already lived up to the hype and made the wait for his arrival worth it. Through 12 games in his NBA career Rubio is averaging 11.0 points, 8.3 assists, and 4.1 rebounds while also posting 5 double doubles. The 5 double doubles are tied for most in the league among guards with Steve Nash and Derrick Rose. Although the Timberwolves are 4-8 this season, Rubio has made them one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NBA this season and a team to look out for in years to come.

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