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Monday, December 15th, 2008 at 8:21 am  |  117 responses

Rubio or Jennings — Who’s The #1 #1?

How they compare in the Draft fundamentals.

by Jeff Fox

Gunnin’ For That #1 Spot is more than just a title of a movie. As this month’s SLAM cover attests, there’s a fierce battle raging in the NBA between Chris Paul and Deron Williams to be the #1 #1 man. Same holds true in the 2009 NBA draft class, with one of the stars of the above mentioned documentary, Brandon Jennings, going up against Ricky Rubio.

Despite growing up oceans apart, the two point guard prodigies have much in common. Both have been in the limelight pretty much since they were still rocking Pampers. Both have that “wow” factor, leaving jaws-dropped with their on-the-court prowess. Both are honing their skills in the top leagues in Europe before heading to the L. Both have even boasted iconic hairstyles in their lives–Jennings with his Kid ‘n Play hi-top fade and Rubio sporting a Pistol Pete Menudo mop-top.

The purpose of this column, however, is to try to decide who’s the best of the two in terms of draft potential. While their brief head-to-head encounter last week in the Euroleague was no where near enough to prove who’s the best, we are forced to use a more analytical approach to figure out who’s the #1 #1. With that said, here’s how Draft 365 breaks down the duo’s respective games.

Tale of the Tape

Neither of these guys are going to be physically intimidating point guards. Jennings, listed around 6-1 170 lbs, will always be an undersized point guard in the NBA, even if he does put on some much needed weight and muscle. At 6-3 180 lbs, Rubio isn’t much better off, as he also needs to get bigger and stronger. Rubio’s reported 6-9 wingspan sets him apart though, and at 18 years old he is a year younger than his American counterpart.

Advantage: Rubio

Athleticism

We only care about athleticism in regards to basketball, so speed/quickness and leaping ability/explosiveness are the key terms. Jennings wins both categories hands down. While B.J. and Rubio both have speed to burn, with the ball and without, B.J. wins this race. Rubio isn’t an explosive leaper or sky walker, while Jennings is, so once again the SoCal kid wins.

Advantage: Jennings

Ball Handling

Both of these guys have skills with the pill. Both are able to push the ball up the floor, beat their man off the dribble and handle the ball like it’s on a string. However, Rubio’s ball handling wizardry is otherworldly. Just like special hockey players are said to be able to “stick handle inside a phone booth,” Ricky can do the same with the basketball.

Advantage: Rubio

Passing/Playmaking

Another category in which both guys are good, but in which Rubio excels. While Jennings often looks for his own shot rather than set up teammates, Rubio is always looking to drop a dime. His passes are of the jaw-dropping variety, even if he occasionally forces passes into openings that don’t exist.

Advantage: Rubio

Shooting/Scoring

Finally Jennings gets back on the board, but barely. Both guys are best breaking down their man and getting to the rim. While both guys can knock down the three, they both need to improve their consistency with their jumpers. Jennings has proven in high school and, to a lesser extent, in his pro career, that he is a capable scorer–Rubio only averaged 10.5 ppg last season in the Spanish league–his only year in double digits. Jennings gets the slight edge here, especially with Ricky’s messed up wrist still limiting his ability to stroke it.

Advantage: Jennings

Defense

Another category Rubio excels in. He is a disruptive force on the defensive end, leading the Spanish league in steals last season. Perhaps more impressively, in his first go-around in the Euroleague (as a 16-year-old in 2006-07) he average 3.2 swipes per game. Jennings has the foot speed to be a good defender, but he’s not close to Ricky’s level yet.

Advantage: Rubio

Experience

No contest here either. Rubio played in the top domestic league in the world (outside of the NBA), Spain’s ACB, since he was 15-years-old. Add in his Euroleague experience and various international competitions he has competed in for Spain–including last summer’s Olympics–and this category is a slam dunk for double R.

Advantage: Rubio

Intangibles

Jennings has a few things going for him here. First off, since he’s American there won’t be the culture shock or homesickness issues when he arrives in the NBA. Also being left-handed gives him a slight advantage, since the vast majority of players are righties. Plus Jennings should be familiar with many of the younger guys in the NBA, having played with and against them before, so he’ll have some insider information.

Advantage: Jennings

When the votes are tallied, the Spanish Sensation edges out the SoCal Kid in Draft 365’s eyes. The majority of the mock drafts out in cyberspace agree with this assessment, normally having Rubio amongst the top two picks with Jennings falling somewhere within picks three and seven. In the end this debate may end up being anticlimactic–like Jennings and Rubio’s head-to-head match up last week–with both guys going on to have similarly solid NBA careers (a la Paul and Williams). Like Mr. Paul and Mr. Williams, these two better get used to each other–there’s a good chance they’re going to be Linked like Lang for decades to come.

Jeff Fox also writes about college hoops and the NBA draft at collegehoopsnet.com.

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  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    first

  • krod

    rubio #1

  • http://slamonline.com/online/media/2008/10/slam-radio-the-most-unlikely-preseason-venue/ James The Balla

    - Rubio goes 4th

    - Jennings goes second

    - We are getting a sleeper 1st pick this year

    - Remember, it will be OKC gettiing first pick or maybe the Wolves or Clip show. So don’t expect them to make the right decision!

    p.s – I have seen Rubio play, he is not otherworldly. He is good… but first …

  • Blue

    Question…These cats are both really good, but do you think they will be better pro products than Stephen Curry…who also is other worldly at times?

  • WhaHuh

    are we sure a PG is going first again??

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    IF OKC (or any smart team) has the first pick, they are going to take their hometown BOY!

    Blake could be like Jordan Farmer and grow up in an area, attend local dope college, get drafted by local pro team….. hmmmmm…. that’s a good column idea….

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Kinda like Chauncey (in a round-about way)too!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    The more I see of Blake Griffin, the more I am convinced he will be going #1 overall. Rubio and Jennings just cannot compete with Blake’s size, athleticism, and NBA-ready physique. Blake can contribute on most NBA teams tomorrow if called upon.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    With all that said, I would also have to give Rubio the edge over Jennings. Brandon has a ways to go still. Rubio does as well, but I beleive Ricky could contribute right away.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    Agreed TAD, Rubio is my #2 at this point.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    How the hell is Ty Lawson not even mentioned in this conversation.

  • http://deleted Fresh

    I believe they are one twO will be like paul and williams always going back and forth. both pass first point guards who are really good in the open court and can score when needed. This battle when both are healthy and have the ball in their hands will be exciting

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Ty Lawson reminds me of Raymond Felton 2.0; he doesn’t really impress me.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Lawson will also be the Felton to Rubio and Jennings (Paul and Williams) in the draft. The better question is why isn’t Patty Mills name mentioned? I like his game more than Lawson’s.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cub Buenning

    TAD is just minutes ahead of me today…..
    Brilliant stuff, TAD. Agreed on both accounts.

    Patty is shooting a lot more for the Gaels (12/game last year, 18/g this year)and is struggling a bit to find his shot, but his quickness, strength, and winners’ attitude never have bad days.

  • ciolkstar

    I think Griifin is a lock to go 1st. Unless, as someone else stated on here, the Sixers have the 1st pick, they already have Brand and would likely trade the pick.

  • ciolkstar

    Ty Lawson isn’t that great. The heels are so stacked as a team. I think the Raymond Felton analogy is pretty accuarte. I read somewhere that Mills could go ahead of Lawson. Mills showed what he’s made of in the Olympics, so concerns about lesser (college) competition have been squashed.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    If the Sixers pass on Griffin because of Brand, they are dumb. In the East, you can easily plug Griffin in at center. He is a legit 6’11, 260 and could reasonably put on another 10-15 pounds and be effective.

  • ciolkstar

    I agree TAD, but they committed a bunch of money to EB and have a bunch of other weaknesses. But damn, I didnt know Blake was THAT big. He probably could play Center, esp in the East.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I really don’t see anyone other than OKC getting the #1 pick anyway, so it’s pretty much a mute point. They may as well start writing up the contract and getting the jersey ready for him now.

  • Alicia

    Rubio will go #2 behind Blake Griffin with B.J. being the next point guard, though I’d like to see how Ty Lawson, AJ Abrahms, Patrick Mills and Greivis Vasquez develop. Also, the pre-draft workouts always present interesting results like Alex Ajinca.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    I admit I have only seen Jennings sparingly,but I would consider Rubio the faster(on the ball)of the two.But you’re right about everything else.
    -
    Oh and blake is number one.No question.

  • Alicia

    In the East, the Knicks are playing David Lee at center and he’s posting double-doubles at 6’9′. Griffin will definitely be effective at 6’11′. Griffin will just flat-out be effective.

  • deon jackson

    First I’m hoping the T-Wolves get the number 1 pick. I would love to get Blake Griffin and get rid of KLove. As far as who’s the better point gaurd, I would have to say Rubio. He’s bigger and stronger than Jennings and even though I haven’t seen much of Jennings since he went overseas, I’ve heard that he’s not getting much PT. True or not true???

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Raymond Felton ran with that team. Ty Lawson RUNS this Heels team. And his assist to turnover numbers are insane. He’s also faster and more accurate from three than Felton was in college.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    He is also 5’11, but he ain’t no DJ Augustin. I’m sorry but I just don’t see Lawson’s game transferring over to the NBA.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    If we’re going to put Ty Lawson in the mix,why not talk LeVance Fields?

  • NBK

    Lawson is comparable to Mateen Cleaves he is a very good college player but it really wont add up in the L

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    @Tad: Name one thing D.J. did better last year than Ty is doing this year. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Lead a comparatively less talented team deep into the tourney.

  • NBK

    Ty Lawson is a junior on the most talented team in college hoops maybe ever. I hope he puts up good numbers he has been their starting PG for 2 1/2 years, but just because he is putting up good numbers does not mean is going to be a good nba player.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Good job, Taddy! Now name one that doesn’t have to do with the fact that Ty plays on a better team than D.J. did.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    NBK is exaggerating the ish out of UNC’s talent level. The most talented team ever? James Worthy, Michael Jordan, and Sam Perkins would like to have a word with you.

  • ciolkstar

    DJ is a better shooter and ball handler. Lawson is stronger, but that would really be his only advantage. Its not that hard to rack up assists when you’re constantly fast breaking and running past everyone. Those passes alwayslead to easy dunks/layups. Lawson has been a great college player but I just don’t see him as a quality starter in the L.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    So would Phi Slamma Jamma, Tark’s LJ led Rebels, and the Fab Five.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    D.J. is NOT a better ball handler. Their shooting is close.

  • ciolkstar

    You can’t exaggerate the importance of being a great shooter. Especially when you’re not a freaish athelete (ex: Rondo) DJ is a phenomenol shooter, Lawson isn’t. Lawson would probably be good in Golden State…

  • ciolkstar

    The shooting is not close (check the FT%), the ball hadling is, I guess.

  • ciolkstar

    Also, no way this year’s UNC team belongs in the “best ever” conversation. I’d probably even take the Sheed and Stackhouse Heels against them.

  • NBK

    @B-I think you are misunderstanding what i said- i did not say best college team ever-i said most talented. They have what 6 or 7 guys that can go in the lottery in the next two years? I mean talented not best

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    B, you can stop with trying to talk down to me like I don’t know what i’m talking about. Hey, you are a Lawson fan…great! I’m not and will leave it at that.

  • NBK

    Ciolkstar- The shooting comment um i hate to break it too you but lawson is shooting above 50% from the field, above 55% from 3 and 76% from FT. He has a very good shot, very close to augustin. But Augustin seems to have much better PG instincts which are more important than anything else at the NBA level.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I’m not trying to talk down to anyone(Tad) but it just seems like you guys haven’t seen UNC play enough to be commenting on Ty’s ability.

  • NBK

    Lawson’s ability is there, but you can’t look past the fact that he is on UNC, has a HOF coach, the player of the year, and is a junior. If augustin had thoughs things in college what do you think would have happened? He had Durant and Durant had the best freshman college season ever up to that point. Lawson is good but seriously B if he was as good as augustin he would not have had to drop out of the draft last year.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    “I’m not trying to talk down to anyone(Tad) but it just seems like you guys haven’t seen UNC play enough to be commenting on Ty’s ability.”
    -
    QED

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Believe it or not NBK, players who stay in college sometimes get better. Ty was not as good as D.J. last year, that’s why he stayed, worked on his game, and is a better player this year.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I don’t know what QED means.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    B- I live in Virginia Beach, which means I get ALL of the UNC games and pretty much most of the ACC games period. I’ve watched most of the UNC games (except when they start turning into blowout city, which has been 90%). Lawson is a very good college player and I take nothing from him or his skill. My main point is that I don’t see his game transitioning to the NBA as a starting PG. Sorry, I just don’t. Jameer Nelson was also a great college player, but didn’t get drafted high and has not proven to be Orlando’s long term answer at PG. Felton was also a great college player, but Larry Brown is ready to ship him out of Charlotte. Lawson could very well be a great change of pace guard off some NBA teams bench, but that is all I see of him. The NBA is not very kind to sub-6-foot PG’s.

  • http://www.mybleedingfingertips.blogspot.com/ Myles Brown

    Quiznos Every Day.

  • NBK

    I didn’t say he wasn’t a better player. He is clearly but the fact that he is getting better in college while augustin is getting better in the NBA should tell you right there who is better. In fact their production- minus shooting percentage is about the same this year except obviously lawson plays in the NCAA on the best team and Augustin plays in the NBA for the Bobcats.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    @Tad:I just thought that with a guy like Stuckey on your favorite squad it you might be able to see the value of Ty’s skill set in the L. But I can definitely see your point if you see him as more of a Felton type. Agree to disagree, I guess.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    NBK again misses the entire point of the discussion. I’m trying to compare D.J.’s talent level in college last year to Ty Lawson’s this year.

  • NBK

    Stuckey is 6’5, ty lawson is 5’11 how are you going to try and appeal to tad with a comparison that is totally bogus

  • NBK

    B again is looking at a bogus point- if you were comparing dj’s talent level in college to lawsons then you would have to compare last year because they were both sophomores. You can’t compare a guy in his 3rd year to a guys 2nd year. All the evidence is there that augustin is better, or has more talent, or had more talent, augustin got drafted in the lottery- lawson dropped out because he wasn’t gauranteed in the top 20. You also can’t compare the two because of all the advantages lawson has on his team that augustin never did. So if i am missing the point maybe its because your point has no significance

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    B:quod erat demonstrandum.
    Ty Lawson is a good player,he is an especially good college player,but he is not in the top tier of point guards(in drafting terms).He benefits a lot from being on the best college team since the Florida national champions,he benefits even more from playing on a really good team that play an uptempo style.You might not think this a bad thing,but how many real run and gun teams are left in the L?Look at Sherron Collins at Kansas,him and Lawson are almost carbon copies of each other.If Collins had went to UNC,I’m sure we’d be talking about him as a top PG,while Lawson would be in Kansas having a solid but average career.While being an unbelievable fullcourt player(the best fastbreaking pg),he is pretty average in the halfcourt,he can’t create his own shot or shoot off the dribble.While he’s a solid passer he doesn’t have the Nash like vision that DJ had or that Rubio has.His shooting numbers are misleading,he’s not that good of a shooter.All of this doesn’t bode well for his chances in the Lig,he also,with his size could become a defensive liability that he won’t have the offensive output to make for.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Exactly, because players talent levels must be measured side by side with their age. I guess since Tim Duncan went to college for 4 years all these Power Forwards who came straight out of high school are twice the player he’ll ever be.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    What izzo said.

  • NBK

    B- Once again you bring up a totally bogus point- Tim Duncan would have been the 1st pick in the draft no matter what year he came out. If ty lawson was as talented as dj augustin then he would not have had to drop out of the draft last year. NBA scouts don’t draft on the current situation they draft on potential and talent.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    It’s hard to even compare the likes of DJ and Lawson because they’re such different players.Lawson’s attraction is his athleticism and speed,while D.J’s was his vision and point guard play.Lawson spent the year playing second or third fiddle on a team that could have been successfull without him.DJ on the other hand WAS the team,he had to do basically everything.Everything was run through him.He also had to deal with having a p*ss poor coach guiding him but that’s beside the point.
    Also,I think a guy will benefit much from getting serious minutes guarding and being guarded by all stars(or all NBA first teamers) in the NBA as opposed to in college where he’ll play max 8-9 good teams a year.Add to this the fact that DJ is a far superior player anyway:DJ>Ty.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Rick Barnes is not a piss poor coach.

  • Nbk

    he is not roy williams either though

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    He really is though,almost reaching Bill Selfian levels of ‘great recruiter-bad coach’-dom.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I remember Jukai making a similar arguement about Derrick Rose playing on a fast break team and how he was gonna struggle too. How’d that turn out again?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com H to the Izzo

    Ty Lawson is no Derrick Rose.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    He’s better than Mack Brown. 8)

  • Nbk

    Another bogus point from B. Atleast your consistent

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Nbk=No basketball knowledge. Yes, I said it again.

  • Nbk

    yeah b- keep comparing ty lawson to derrick rose, and tim duncan to anyone else that stays in college to show your vast knowledge of the game of basketball.

  • Nbk

    I love how people have to consistanly insult everyone that proves them wrong because they feel like less of a person or something. Can’t you just except the fact that your wrong.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    There’s no way Ty could ever be Derrick Rose. He came out after his freshman year.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I guess that inch Chris Paul has on Ty makes all the difference.

  • http://fjsdklf.com Jukai

    NBK just isn’t smart.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    No, but that basketball ability Paul has over Lawson does.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    ^True.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    ^That was for Tad and Jukai. I’m just saying his height isn’t the determining factor on how well he’ll play in the L.

  • Nbk

    you know how i know you dont know what your talking about b- in your little blog you wrote that ty lawson can get drafted ahead of ricky rubio and jennings. Your a moron if you really believe that can happen

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    Jennings wont even come close to Rubio when they get in the L, Rubio is the next Steve Nash,with improved D. Eventually his shooting will improve, then, look out, Earth.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I believe it is a possibility, Never been kissed, so I guess that makes me a moron. Oh yeah, Rubio may not even be in the draft next year…so there’s that.

  • Nbk

    doesn’t matter ty lawson would never ever ever be picked above rubio in the same draft. ever. Jennings would have to do something that really scares GM’s away for them to pick a guy who would go in the late 1st round of a solid draft over him. (i’m talking about lawson)

  • Nbk

    Its obvious that you pick favorite B and its obvious that Lawson is one of your favorites, there is no scout, gm, or coach in the NBA that thinks Lawson will be better then Augustin. There is not scout anywhere dumb enough to compare ty lawson to derrick rose, and there is also no reason for you to think a guy who had to drop out of the draft last year will somehow weasle his way into the top 10 this year. Unless jennings, rubio, and curry all pull out of the draft this year, then it can happen since this is such a weak draft.

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I never compared Derrick Rose to Ty Lawson, nor did I ever say that Ty Lawson would be better than Augustin. Other than that, great points.

  • Nbk

    Your right my fault on the derrick rose thing, i misread what you said earlier.

  • Nbk

    I guess i don’t understand your stance on Lawson then, you think he could get picked above Ricky Rubio and Jennings, and you think his talent is comparable to augustin, but you know that augustin is better? Is that right? If so then what exactly are you trying to say?

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    What I’m trying to say is that Ty Lawson’s season so far is comparable to what D.J. showed last year at Texas. Lawson is garnering just as much P.O.Y. consideration as Psycho T at this point. If you looked at the draft status of D.J. before last season he was in the same boat as Ty is this year. If Lawson can continue to improve and produce at the rate he has so far this year and lead this team back to the Final Four he’ll have a shot at drasticly improving his draft status.

  • Nbk

    By the way Jukai you are childish, sayin i am not smart day in and day out no matter if i am right or if you are even involved. In fact i am willing to bet you agree with just about everything i have said in this post. You don’t have to admit it, infact you will probably call me “not smart” again but i am right

  • Nbk

    DJ was projected in the lottery all year last year B. Lawson was projected to go in the lottery two years ago, then dropped lower last year because of the strength of the draft. Lawson’s draft status drastically improved this year because of how much the quality of the draft has fallen off since last year. Lawson being a junior is going to hurt his draft stock more then help it, scouts pretty much know what they are drafting with Lawson no matter how far he leads the most stacked team in the country. You talk about lawson like he is the one leading the tar heels, you dont take into consideration they have the player of the year on the court? What about Roy Williams wouldn’t he be the main reason they make it as far they will? Lawson leading them to the final four will not help his draft stock as much as them not making the final four will hurt it..

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    DJ was not a projected lottery pick at the start of last season. Mid to late first round. Go ahead and google it. I know you will.

  • jakizzle

    griffin #1 no doubt but rubio is good on a fast breaking team as well as a half court team and with an athletic team he well be in the top ten in the league at assists b.j. goes five behind hasheem thebeet and stephon curry

  • Nbk

    he was projected from 11 to 18. Thats lottery land and where lawson is projected this season. So you are kind of right except this seasons draft is significantly weaker then last year.

  • WhaHuh

    I love how Rubio is the next Steve Nash and Jennings isn’t. Arent all of them flashy passers- its that ‘cism y’all

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  • Nbk

    @WhaHuh- Ricky Rubio plays like steve nash+defense and jennings plays like jason williams+athletic ability thats why rubio is the next steve nash (more pistol pete) and jennings isn’t

  • http://www.where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    When I say lottery I think of the top 10 so maybe thats where we’re crossing wires at, Nbk. No harm, no foul.

  • Nbk

    yeah fa sho b, thats where i was confused.

  • Adria badalona

    When they say double R they refer to the Rudy & Ricky team that rocked the ACB and the Euroleague while Rudy Fernandez and Ricard Rubio played for joventut Badalona together.

    You think Ricky is gonna come to the NBA next year? Keep dreamin’!

  • Nbk

    Or double r can mean ricky rubio. And if Ricky feels comfortable coming over he will if not he won’t he really has no reason to stay in the euroleague from a basketball standpoint. Unless he is worried about culture shock and the pressures of the NBA media he should come over it will be better for his career and his development. And although he does not need the money it will be better in the L.

  • Eric

    Lawson is a chucker.

  • The Promise

    Jennings easily.

  • Lukie

    Griffin will def be num. 1 pick, no doubt, but Rubio will be the #1 “1 guard”. More polished and a proved distributor. Played well in beijing

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Anyways…. Patty Mills!!

  • http://nike.jp/basketball/bg/home.html asmatic asiatic

    Damn not sure about rubio over jennings in the ball handling department, have you seen his youtube vids?

  • http://nike.jp/basketball/bg/home.html asmatic asiatic

    Damn not sure about rubio over jennings in the ball handling department, have you seen his youtube vids?

  • Jaylen Rose

    Rubio #1
    bigger
    Equally as quick
    equally as good at scoring
    better at being a true point guard
    more professional experience (club and International)
    wont be intimidated against the likes of Calderon, Paul, Williams, Navarro, Kidd, Wade, Bryant, Ginobili, Fernandez, Nocioni, Delfino, Mills, Ukic, Holden, Lui Wei, Sun Yue, Vujacic, Parker, Diaw, Dragic, Batum, Jaric, Galinari, Arroyo, Pargo, Boykins, Redd, Rodriguez, Childress, Giricek, Barbosa, Barea, Azubuike, Pietrus, Diawara, Stojakovic, Belinelli, Udrih, etc.

  • Jaylen Rose

    #2 Patty Mills

  • woodley3

    B.Jennings is better.

  • Isaiah

    Let’s all hope warriors get fifth or sixth pick and choose Jennings. BJ, Monta, Sjax, brandan wright, biedrins. Would be fun to watch

  • ey ey

    First of all, I am Spanish…a pardon for my english low level. I have needed an automatic translator.

    - Ricky expired 18 years in October
    - Ricky has lost hours of training for the studies…This season already is going to start training seriously.
    - Ricky is recovering of an important injury
    - I am sure that Ricky is going to improve very much his shot, because he is extremely ambitious, and he has a privileged brain.
    - The doctors of his club say that he has a margin of physical enormous improvement
    - Notice me: Ricky is going to be a player who will mark an epoch in the NBA

  • Alan

    I haven’t seen Jennings playing, so can’t tell. But I’ve been following this kid Rubio since 3 years ago, when he won the Junior European Championship with Spain scoring 50, 25 rebs and 15 dimes, incluiding a half-court basket to go to the overtime. I also have seen him live, and I can tell you he’s absolutely amazing on the defensive end. No doubt the best defender the next draft will have by far. And just 18 years, what else do you americans want? To be black? So you can say he has the speed and all that trash… oh, I forgot, he’s not american, he can’t be #1…

  • Alan

    Hope he remains at home for a long time.

  • HI TOP

    FYI Rubio is not coming out to the draft until 2010. The GS Warriors pick looking good for Mr. Jennings. Give the 1st pick to Blake Griffin, 2nd to Curry, 3rd James Harden. Jennings could go 4-7. All about marketing deals 4-13 picks.

  • Nbk

    To B Long if you read this today- Your boy Ty Lawson is not expected to go in the lottery in 2009 or any year for that matter. Check the educated Mocks.

  • http://slamonline Mike Keys

    Mr Alan i can tell you dont know nothing about basketball. If u know brandon is a better playmaker than rubio and since their both very frail athleticism helps so i give it to brandon. and handles i give to brandon also but intangibles i easily give it to Rubio but what matters most is who will have a better career. I have to say they will be equal but im kind of leaning towards brandon because the way he plays is different than anybody i’ve ever seen. people always say that rubio play like pistol pete which i find is very disrespectful. but yeah rubio maybe a better teamplayer but jennings will most likely be the better player and he is way more versitile and Alan it’s just a fact that my race is athletic so why u mad ? racist ass people

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Allenp

    How can Rubio be the next Nash and he can’t shoot?
    Wouldn’t it be more likely that he’s the next Jason Kidd?

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com Nbk

    A shot is something you can develop and unlike jason kidd rubio actually has a decent touch and decent form. He can be a good shooter and he will, but he handles the ball and passes like Steve Nash, jason kidd is more of a dribble straight at you and throw the right pass, rubio and nash are the dribble around you and throw a pass around you that makes you look foolish and gets on sportscenter.

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  • http://nba.draftnation.com Beardsly

    So far the mock drafts are projecting Rubio #1 overall (according to Draftnation’s mock draft round-up), but I’m sure that will change soon because of the way Griffin is playing. Jennings projected at #7

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