Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 at 2:57 pm  |  50 responses

Video: Ricky Rubio – Highlights AND Lowlights

Not just a regular Ricky Rubio highlight reel.

by Jeremy Bauman / @gothamhoops13

He has been around since he was 14 and after entering last years NBA Draft and deciding not to come for numerous reasons, as I mentioned in my article, there seemed to be a significantRicky Rubio increase to the amount he had haters here in America.

No matter, though, as he proved doubters wrong this year by starting at point guard at the age of 19 and leading his FC Barcelona to the Euroleague Championship, which fueled discussions about whether this might be the best team in Euroleague history in the process.

But there were some down moments for the youngster that I happened to capture while in attendance of the 10 games that I went to.

But hey, miscues happen in basketball, especially to a 19-year-old kid who is playing the lead guard position in the second best league in the world, right?

That’s just my take, but what’s yours?

As we unleash these two videos, we have a few questions that we are asking our audience: Which Ricky Rubio do you believe in?

Do you feel that when he comes to the L he will look like he does in his highlight video?

Or are you one of the skeptics that believes he will look more like he does in his lowlight video?

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  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    Ricky Rubio does not have lowlights – only plays where someone else messed up.

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

    It’s remarkable that even on the HIGHLIGHT REEL there is not one jumper made. His lowlight real really makes him look awful.

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  • T-Money

    my 2 questions with rubio remain the same: 1- how is he going to score in the L? 2- how is he goign to stay in front of d-rose, rondo, etc.? i don’t see it right now for him to become an all-star pg in the NBA, could be wrond though.

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    Do you ever see Rondo jumpshots on ESPN highlights? Maybe a buzzer beater or a 3 pointer because it’s so rare. Some of the lowlights looked like normal plays that happen every game though, except maybe the few airballs, but even Ray Allen had one last night. You can do a highlight/lowlight reel for every player in the NBA and make them look real bad. The fact is, he is still only 19. Just remember how some other NBA point guards were at 19. Rondo’s sophomore year at Kentucky. A rookie Tony Parker. Jason Williams in Florida. But remember also what was already mentioned, that he kept his PG spot on a veteran team that won the championship. They trusted the kid. I keep coming back to Rajon Rondo, but I see a lot of him in Rubio.

  • http://www.anwilson.blogspot.com rainman10

    And there is a deep Rubio jumper at 1:57

  • Jeremy Bauman

    Funny you say that rainman, that’s who terence morris compared him to…

  • Brickshooting J

    Hate, hate, hate, hate. This foreign kid gets drafted in the NBA, a job I know I would never get in a zillion years, and he turns it down for another basketball job in God knows what country. Plus, wait, he doesn’t dunk windmill in the 30 seconds I’ve bothered watching him on YouTube. He can’t be any good. Hate, hate, hate, hate.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi Twersky

    GREAT work here, JB.

  • http://slamonline.com JL

    funny how some of his misses end up being alley oop passes.

  • ciroqobama

    BUST!!!!! This kid is so overrated it makes me puke.

  • you’re pathetic

    All players have highlights and lowlights. Why are you always critizing him?

  • http://www.dimemag.com Royal

    From what I saw in both videos is that he can make an impact in the NBA.I can tell he has a high basketball I.Q and always looks to make the correct play.In my opinion he has some good offensive moves (hesitations mostly) that will
    help him get past his defenders,but he has to become a better finisher (maybe develop a floater) to be more effective.He will have problems defending opposing point guards but so do most young point guards (Brandon Jennings,Steph Curry). While i’m not sure he will be the next Pistol Pete,I do think he will be able to contribute at the NBA level.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Myles Brown

    I still want him. Nice work.

  • Clifton

    Ok soooo all the things he did right in the highlights he did AWFULLY in the lowlights. So in passing, ball handling, finishing, and especially shooting, he’s inconsistent. More than anything, nobody on offense or defense put a body on him, and he got to go right to the basket, finish barely contested or throw wild passes back out. I think he is a good player, but he’s definitely being sold as more than he is. We’ll see how he adapts to the NBA game, when bad turnovers lose games and guys are bigger and actually don’t shirk away from contact like in this vid.

  • Me

    lowlights cud make kobe and lebron look bad, like i’m better than them kinda bad

  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    first of all: let’s not call Rubio a “bust”. When he played in the NBA for about 3 years and he actually is stinking up the place, let’s call him a bust then. So we’ll get back to this in 2014, or 2015. Anyway: the kid has done a remarkable job for Spain at such a young age, and he has flaws like all young players have. One of my favorite players of all time is Jason Kidd, especially when he was on the Nets. Kidd was never known as a scorer, but he was imposing his will on the game, he still was dominating without scoring 40. I’m not saying Rubio can be as good in Kidd, because it’s too early to make such a statement. But if he keeps working on his D the kid will be fine.

  • jon

    Rick will shine in the L, i feel him being a steve nash esk player, but like rondo he needs to improve hes J and cut down on turnovers

  • kudos

    Ricky Rubio plays like a mix of that white kid i just beat at the gym, and my tall spanish friend that is one extremely awkward dude.

  • Mitch

    he already seems to have a good court sense and passing ability/vision. those are things you can’t really teach.
    what he lacks is a consistent jumper and great finishing move, which can both be taught and worked on by professional trainers he’s going to have on his team now, and when he gets to the L.

    He has a pretty big upside in my opinion…

  • LD

    Did someone say lowlights?

  • T-Money

    Rubio is young but not THAT young. I mean, he’s John Wall’s age. Just a bit younger than Brandon Jennings, Collison, Reke, etc. I would take any of these guys before him. HOWEVER, if you’re a Minny then for sure you want him. Jonny Flynn’s best case scenario is a poor man’s Nate.

  • http://slamonline.com rommel bequillo

    dont be so rude guyssss!
    look what jennings brought in the euroleague?? a whole lotta nothing!!! but hey! HE BECAME i mean become a MAIN MAN IN BUCKS!!!

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    The difference between him and most people is that in his lowlights he is still making pretty good basketball decisions-taking the open shot, finding the cutter, working to get a shot, shaking defenders. And his one defensive lapse looked like a dirty elbow.

  • Groves@UWA

    i think he will be a star like a Jason Kidd, Rajon Rondo type

  • slamfan4life

    The dude needs a good coach and more stars on his team, he WILL be a GOOD player


  • http://www.truthaboutit.net/ Truth About It

    There are too many awesome young PGs in the league, maybe he wants to get a bit more seasoned. Or, you could say he’s scared.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    This post is great, just like Ricky will be.

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com Hoopistani

    people tend to forget that he’s friggin NINETEEN!!! the lowlights are gonna get fewer and fewer

  • underdog

    Too bad there are no J in his name, so we can miss it when we want to refer him as a PG with no J…

  • http://dfsjklf.com Jukai

    I like how otherwise intelligent guys like T-Money still talk about Rubio’s D. Despite his D being one of the best parts of his game. Which, you know, is ridiculous. Great change-of-motion speed, decent lateral quickness, incredibly long arms and artestesque nimble hands, fantastic bball IQ that let’s him know what his opponent is doing…. c’mon now… ACB Defensive Player of the Year.
    Read what I wrote above. ACB DPOY. He may not be lockdown in the NBA, but if he gets THAT award, he’s not going to be anywhere below a good, scrappy defender.

  • BBaLL WaRRioR

    I am so GLAD that you posted these 2 videos man. I give Ricky 4 thumbs DOWN!! His, supposedly,highlights aren’t even all that!! 1st he’s flat footed but even Bibby is flat footed and @ his age he moves around better than this kid. 2nd No Jumper is Present! Now that may not be a problem depending on how the team will run. Most guards in the L don’t step over a high pick so he can shoot it anyway. Hit or Miss it’s a good shot.

    Now I’ve seen some comments on comparisons to Rondo. Nah ah!! Rondo is an GUARDAHOLIC!! He defends BOTH ends of the floor with amazing intensity & will absolutely KILL Rubio if they were to meet up in a game. Now I need ya’ll to know that Rondo is steadily working on his Jumper with Ray Allen but keep in mind that Rondo is a Pass First Style PG. You can put him on ANY TEAM in the L and he will be Just as effective.

    Now we can put Rubio on the Knicks with D’Antonio’s system or place him with Don Nelson & Warriors and he may flourish into something awesome. Rubio needs to muscle up, run some track or play futbol to get his legs up to par and run a massive amount of drills. Drills requiring him to be agile and drills that point to him coming off screens to get a shot.

    Rubio can’t even guard Steph curry!! You gonna tell me that you (as a coach) would willingly put Rubio on the floor against Rose, DWill, Russell Westbrook, Steve Nash or even Raymond Feltion and say that Rubio can HANG????? If you say yes then.. ok! We are all entitled to our opinions but I just don’t see it…

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    low lights, jordan BRICKS a fast break dunk, LeBron get dunked on by a highschool kid…kobe airballs consecutive shots as jeff hornacek rubs his face and says hi to his kids…. everyone gets lowlights…

  • Ronald

    First thing that popped out is how much his game looks just like Rondo’s. His jumper looks better, but on his team he looks like he’s allowed to play like a free safety. @Bball Warrior: Yeah, in the Euroleague, especially teams like Barca don’t do anything training, they eat Tapas, Jamon, party in fietas then play the next game hungover. You DO know that Rubio has been playing with men twice his size since he was 15 right? You know what they say about opening your mouth and removing all doubt right?

  • Ronald

    And before you snap your fingers at me, here’s your “Guardaholic” guard marking a 36 year old guard http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOvXznB-RQs. And Jameer Nelson, obviously not a top 5 guard in the L by your standard averaged a whooping 5 points above his season average against Rondo. And please explain how a player…defends BOTH sides of the court. I’m a big fan of Rondo’s game but ignorant fans like you make him look bad.

  • T-Money

    Jukai: I know that he has a high basketball IQ on both sides of the floor, loooooooong arms and incredible hand speed. I’ve seen him deflect a lot of balls. What I’m concerned with is foot speed, I wouldn’t call his lateral quickness decent.

  • http://slamonline.com Rodger Bohn

    Hate to break it to you guys, but Rubio is shooting 42% from 3 this year in the ACB. He plays for the best team in Europe and led them to a Euroleague championship. He also led the Euroleague in steals as a 16 year old, so that tells you what he can do off the ball as a defender.

    He measured 6’5 in shoes (not sure what he was barefoot) with a 6’9 wingspan. Same wingspan as Rondo, but 4 inches bigger. The potential is definitely there for him as a defender. You have to keep in mind that he’s the age of a college freshman right now too…

  • http://slamonline.com Rodger Bohn

    @T-Money- You’re right on about his lateral quickness though. I’ve broken down a TON of Rubio games for Synergy. He didn’t do a bad job of guarding CP3 two years ago in the Olympics though, and that’s the only NBA PG he’s went against that I’ve seen….although I’m sure there’s some film of him vs Tony Parker if Spain and France played. Can’t remember of top of head though.

    Let’s see what he does this summer in the World Championships.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    The Kidd and Rondo comparisions are off base because both Kidd and Rondo were superior athletes to 95 percent of NBA point guards when they entered the league.
    That’s what saved them from being bums with their lack of jumpshot.
    I understand the desire to compare Rubio to cats, but make sure you’re precise with them.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    Rubio is better than Jennings and can be as good as Rondo in about 2 years. simple as that.

  • The Philosopher

    Best case scenario, Jason Kidd. Worst case scenario, Mark Macon. He is NOT Mark Macon. Rubio does have talent. It is ALL about the intangibles with every player. We all know that, though.

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  • http://dfsjklf.com Jukai

    T-Money: HIs lateral speed is decent. Foot speed and lateral speed are vastly different. Rubio is below average at a sprint, but can move his legs side-to-side decently.
    He also has FANTASTIC change of direction speed— something that will help him against defenders who like to cross over.
    Rubio does look slow dribbling and he’s not very explosive. But defensively, he’s much quicker.
    I will give you that he PROBABLY will be outrun a lot in the open court. That’s where his foot speed will hurt him. He probably should ignore rebounds and get back in a defensive position a lot.

  • http://dfsjklf.com Jukai

    Allenp: Yer right about Jason Kidd being more athletic, but he didn’t “get away with it”
    Jason Kidd averaged about 15 points on about 40% shooting. He’s a career 13 on 40% guy. I don’t think he ‘got away with it.’ He was an awful scorer. This is what Rubio is looking at when he gets in the NBA.

  • http://counterkicks.com Q-Tip

    He’ll be good in the L but his perimeter D didn’t look amazing

  • PlanetAsia14

    I think he’ll be an average player, such as Calderon, but will later on grow into an All-Star… But, he reminds me more of a Steve Nash type of player…

  • http://www.iplaybasket.com iplaybasket

    You´ll see him at the world cup. Though he makes mistakes, there is no other player like him on offense and on defense. No doubt.

  • B-Moore

    It’s funny how some of the lowlights ended up as points.. And one of the shots he missed hit the rim.. I’m pretty sure most great nba players have that happen too…

    His defense highlights looked kinda weird.. I didn’t see him steal the ball from anyone or some crazy blocks or anything. It just looked like whoever he was guarding just flat out missed.

  • beastly

    It’s funny that u guys compare him to rondo saying that rondo is great and he can’t shoot, so rubio will b great too. Yeah right. Rondo makes up for his lack of shooting with speed, strength and athleticism. Rondo can take contact and finish at the rim. Rubio cannot. There are instances where he does take contact and finishes but he doesn’t do it consistently. Rubio is not fast, nor athletic. He is 6’4 and can barely get up to the rim. The only thing that he really has going for him is he is flashy with the ball. I understand that everyone has low lights but this is just one game. He misses way too many open jumpers, easy lay ups and he turns the ball over quite often. He will be at best a mediocre pg in the NBA. For all the hype he is recieving, he should b tearing up the euro league but he’s not. How is this kid hailed the second coming of however many greats but he puts up poor numbers playing in the euro league? MN better trade him now while he still has value otherwise he’ll go down as just another european bust and MN will have wasted their draft pick.