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Ricky Rubio a positive outlook

The negative outlook I have been hearing on the man from spain, who is gonna make it rain, here on the plains is:

How can a bench player in an inferior league possible translate into a great NBA Player?

Let us look at some stats shall we:

G Pts Avg 2FGM-A % 3FGM-A % FT M-A % Reb St As Bl
16 121 7.6 32/70 45.7 11/41 26.8 24/31 77.4 25 19 26 1
TOT 16 121 7.6 32/70 45.7 11/41 26.8 24/31 77.4 25 19 26 1
AVE 16 121 7.6 32/70 45.7 11/41 26.8 24/31 77.4 1.6 1.2 1.6 0.1

This player moved to the NBA and did this his first season:

G GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% OFF DEF RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF PPG
AVE 82 82 32.6 0.371 0.374 0.817 0.6 2.8 3.4 5.7 1.3 0.2 2.44 2.33 15.5

Rubio this year did this in the EuroLeague:

G GS Min Pts 2FG M-A 3FG M-A FT M-A Reb As St Bl
TOt 20 17 454:57 129 20/51 11/49 56/67 64 71 33 2
Ave 20 17 22:44 6.5 39.2% 22.4% 83.6% 3.2 3.5 1.6 0.1


Brandon Jennings is the First Player who 2 years ago came over from the Euroleague. If we compare Euroleague stats between Rubio and Mr. Jennings we can see that while Rubio is a worse shooter than Jennings was in the Euroleague he is a better Rebounder, Passer and defender than Jennings was. This is after Rubio has "regressed".

While I can't guarantee that Rubio will light up the NBA I can say as a Euroleague player he was as good if not better than Jennings in a couple different areas. Now lets compare what really counts. The stat line of current Timberwolves Point Guards:

Jonny Flynn

G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
53 8 18.5 0.365 0.310 0.762 1.5 3.4 0.6 0.1 5.3

Luke Ridnour

G GS MPG FG% 3p% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
71 66 30.4 0.468 0.440 0.883 2.8 5.4 1.2 0.1 11.8

Can we not assume Ricky Rubio is an upgrade to these two players.

Sorry Sebastian, I was sick of watching you the first time and I don't have the heart to put your numbers on this blog.

I can't wait to see Mr. Rubio in a Twolves Jersey!

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