Rookie Rubio adjusting quickly to NBA


BY TREVOR GOULD, Couchsideshow.com writer

So much for  Ricky Rubio being unable to adapt to life in the NBA.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound point guard from Barcelona has shown he is right at home amongst the fast-paced play and formidable competition of the NBA. Plus, it’s just been too much fun watching SportsCenter highlights of Rubio’s precise and lighting quick passes.

Ricky Rubio of Barcelona is off to a fast start in his first season in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Photo by: darthpedrius / Flickr

So far this season, Rubio has demonstrated impressive court vision and pinpoint passing accuracy. His unselfish team play and desire to make everyone look good has allowed him to divvy up a bevy of impressive bounce passes, lobs, and alley-oops which have translated into points. While he’ll never put up huge scoring numbers, Rubio is currently averaging 11 points per game and shooting 46 percent from the field.

Immense basketball IQ aside, what really makes Rubio special is how his passes don’t simply make it into the hands of his intended targets; they help create shots. He uses his passing prowess to put his teammates in a better position to score. He is currently averaging 8.3 assists per game, along with 2 steals and 3.8 boards. Rubio recently posted his first double-double in a game against the Miami Heat.

For the longest time, sports pundits and analysts questioned Rubio’s ability to effectively make the transition from European basketball to the faster paced and more athletic NBA. He has shown that not only can he adapt, he can potentially excel. The increased physical skills of his teammates allow him to deliver faster passes on the break and give him the opportunity to dazzle audiences with alley-oop lobs that bring crowds to their feet. His job is also made easier due to the fact he is playing with double-double machine Kevin Love, athletic rookie specimen  Derrick Williams, and aspiring second year shooting guard  Wes Johnson.

As of a few days ago, Rubio has officially usurped Luke Ridnour from the starting point guard role. Rubio has demonstrated he can more than compete at the NBA level, and it is scary to think that he’ll only be getting better. The Timberwolves currently sit at 5-8, so they still have some growing and meshing to do as a squad, but give them some time, and it’s scary to think of the points they could put up with Rubio throwing passes to Love, Williams, Johnson and Anthony Randolph.

Look out  Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, and  Chris Paul, there is another premier passer in town.

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