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Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 1:44 pm  |  67 responses

Ricky Rubio Officially Joining the Timberwolves

by Sam Riches / @sam_riches

After being selected with the fifth overall pick in 2009, Ricky Rubio is finally bringing his game to the NBA.

His presence will immediately strengthen Minnesota’s backcourt, who are in dire need of an adept point guard. The Timberwolves will also be seeking some additional talent with their number two selection in next week’s draft.

From the Star Tribune:

“The 20-year-old Spanish guard ended two years of speculation on Friday when he said, ‘I have finally decided to start the journey’ to the NBA.

The Timberwolves also issued a press release confirming that the team had signed him to a multi-year contract, and have announced a Tuesday press conference in the Twin Cities.

‘This is a day our organization and our fans have been eagerly awaiting from the moment we drafted him, and I couldn’t be more pleased to welcome Ricky to Minnesota,’ said David Kahn, Timberwolves president of basketball operations. ‘Ricky’s skill set and feel for the game have made him one of the best young players in Europe for six years now, and at age 20 he’s still a young player with a lot of upside. I expect Ricky to enjoy a long and successful career here in Minnesota.’”

His venture will not be easy, as he attempts to overcome his detractors and turn around the fortunes of a struggling Minnesota franchise that posted a League worst 65 losses.

Rubio will also try to rebound from perhaps the most disappointing season of his professional career. His scoring average dropped to 6.5 points per game, while shooting 39 percent from the floor and just a shade over 20 percent from behind the arc. His assist average also fell to 3.5 per game.

After becoming the youngest player in the history of the Spanish ACB League, Rubio’s international career has largely been a success, including a silver medal with the Spanish national team at the 2008 Olympics and being crowned the best point guard in the ACB League in 2008 and 2010.


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  • AQWORD

    1st !! BRON IS still KING !

  • LeBron de Con

    But the Wolves do have Kahn, so plenty of laughs

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    First of all, THANK YOU for not saying finally “taking his talents” to the NBA. That LeBron ish is getting old.
    Secondly, I don’t know how good the kid will be long-term. But I expect him to suck in year one.

  • AQWORD

    Looking forward to seeing Ricky in the League. He got hustle & is a major team player. I’m sure most peaople here will diss him how he’s too skinny, doesn’t belong etc. He doesn’t belong in Minesota fo sho, if he ended up in Miami it would be perfect.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Rubio, Johnson, Derrick Williams, Beasley, Love. I like that team a lot. I know lots of people hate on Rubio but I really believe this kid is gonna rock the league.

  • AQWORD

    ”taking his talents ” is getting just as old bro. :-)

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ 1982

    So, lets see if he can deliver after 100 years of hoopla now…

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    ”taking his talents ” is getting just as old bro.
    Um, that’s what I said.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Oh Khan, only GM in the league that doesn’t understand his own teams system. Rubio’s success hinges on not playing the triangle….and running. He’s a kid that has never played American basketball…the most complex system we have is not a good place to start.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    I hope he does well. At least he has one person to pass to.

  • -Mas-

    From winning a Championship to winning total of 20 or so games.

    I would call that a downgrade on Ricky’s part.

    IF the T-Wolves mesh their young talent…maybe they can hit 30 W’s. MAYBE.

    Other than a somewhat solid and young staring 5 they don’t have much at all.
    How about trading some Love to Memphis for Gasol. Rubio and Gasol do their thing in the National team. Or Love to the Lakers for Gasol. Rubio and Gasol do their thing in the National team.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    The triangle really does need to go. It’s hard enough for wise old veterans and players with high basketball IQs to learn it.
    Imagine how much harder it is to master for one of the youngest teams in the L?

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    I don’t even think Kurt Rambis can be considered a master of the triangle…let alone one of his players

  • Josh

    Surprised no one has mentioned it yet, but there is a lot of talk at the moment of a KLove for Pau Gasol trade with pieces to make the salaries fit. Seems to make sense for both sides, in my opinion, and I think having Gasol could be huge for Rubio.

  • http://slamonline.com datkid

    why’d you go back to enigmatic? i was just getting used to rigo

  • rich

    why would the lakers trade anyone? they lost to the team that handled miami same way as they handled LA. lakers just need a pg who can defend, they could just sign jamaal crawford or barbosa= ring. gasols collapse against dallas doesnt seem that bad because we understand just how good dallas was at limiting even lebron durant and many others

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    The fact the T-Wolves run the triangle is sad. They don’t really have the right players for it at all.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I could be RigoMatic?

  • T-Money

    Caboose: that line up will get absolutely destroyed on the defensive end. If Derrick Williams comes in, Beas gotta go.

  • http://www.zpringbank.eu Jelte

    Great motivation, to leave Spain because of such a bad season.

  • Josh

    @rich The Lakers would look to trade because they collapsed and GMs like to trade first and think later. I don’t think it would be a bad trade though, Love is a tough rebounder and can still play mid-range.
    I do find it funny that you said they need a pg who can defend and pointed to JCraw and Barbosa, who are both mainly offense only players. Getting one of those guys in no way equals a ring.

    Also, did you watch the Lakers/Gasol play? He didn’t collapse against Dallas.. he collapsed against New Orleans then crawled into the Dallas series already defeated.

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

    Comparable right now to a rookie Rajon Rondo. Great potential with this kid.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Haha that is true T-Money, what I guess I meant was they would be exciting to watch like the Clippers this year.

  • mary elizabeth gil

    Ricky “d spanish gem” rubio finally arrived @ minnesota!!! with jonny flynn at his side, wolves had good duo at 1… they need to beef up at 2, let go telfair & ridnour…. webster at 2, beasley at 3, love at 4, give darko, & pekovic extra hand (kanter will be nice addition)… or go small… flynn, rubio, webster, beasley, & love… tolliver, ellington, randolph, & johnson, deep bench… love it!!! go wolves…. bite em!!!

  • rich

    josh u right gasol is a fool ass soft turd but love isnt going to be much better. the reason the lakers are winners is because they have more size than the other team at every position kobes big artest/ariza was big odom, gasol bynum. thats their thing. gasol played well the year before and there was nothing physically wrong with him so why blow it up because of one bad year. i agree love is a great player and a deserving all star, but i gotta go with gasoft on this one, because he wouldnt have saved them from that handling dallas gave them

  • LeBron de Con

    Pretty sure Wolves draft Derrick Williams @2. Anthony Randolph, Derrick Williams, and Michael Beasley as swing forwards, KLove swing PF/C

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    Wow Triangle and RIcky Rubio I officially don’t care

  • Red Star

    Finally! I’ve been hearing about this dude for years!

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    And then there was a lock out.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    He looks thrilled in his pic.

  • Orlando Woolridge

    I think Ridnour is underrated. Dudes been pretty solid at every stop. I’d keep him as a backup before Flynn. Actually, I’d prolly start him for a while to let Rubio learn the system.

  • http://www.arbys.com LilKDub503

    That was draft night in 2009, of course he wasn’t happy about it. Especially because the Wolves had literally just drafted Jonny Flynn.

  • Pugz

    He blows. 5 ppg last season…

  • Blue

    Bust.

  • Walt Williams

    Co-sign Caboose. This will be a real fun team to watch.

  • jamaal87

    BUST.

  • MUBWAR

    Let’s see he is 6’4 180lbs, slow and non athletic(and averaged 5ppg last season playing euro basketball). He has no chance against the new breed of PG in this league. He won’t catch guys like Wall, Lawson and Rondo. Westbrook and Rose will just put him on poster nightly. Good luck Khan

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    What?! Should be exciting to watch. If not, the Wolves don’t lose much anyways. This is gamble they have to take.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    He’s only 20 years old? Dayum.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Moose

    Does anyone else think he looks like Lionel Messi? Even without the Barcelona jersey.

  • http://twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    Moose – if Messi suddenly sprouted 6 inches and had a complete facial reconstruction.. then yes. Lol.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Mubwar, I think Jason Kidd has proved you don’t need uber-athleticism to win in this league. What you need is skill and Rubio’s got that.

  • MUBWAR

    Caboose stop it. Kidd is a legend and rubio will be an after taught. Flynn better get more min is all i’m saying.

  • alphabetaherculis

    B….to the…….U…..to the……S……..to the……….T

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Who thinks he’ll end up being a BO$H?

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    His specialty is defense, not the offense. And he’s been playing for the Spanish Champions, which are loaded. And I really mean loaded, the 11 guy in the Barcelona would be the star in 15 other Spanish teams. He wasn’t there to score. He’s also been injured this year. But he’s 20 and hopefully he will have a right mindset. I’m really waiting to see him playing in the NBA.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    Btw; click this if you like Deshawn Stevenson –>
    http://gotemcoach.com/photo/1280/6632444693/1/tumblr_lmydjnzDcQ1qcmnso

  • SKITTLESO5

    DONT take too much notice of Rubios 6.5pts avg…the EURO league is alot dif style of bball to the NBA. Brandon Jennings avg about the same amount of points in Europe and hes in the NBA getting about 16 a game.Euro games are shorter at 40 mins total and they play paint clogging zone with no goaltending rule so that all affects a guards ability to score.

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    agree with SKITTLEO5… the same people doubting Rubio will turn around and tell you how dope Brandon Jennings is – why? becuase Rubio is European? If Jennings can be a decent PG (with a lot of upside) in the NBA then why not Ricky? He may be ‘softer’, but he is much more experienced at the highest level, and has a winning mentality.

  • http://dsjklff.com Juka

    Yes, I’m sure the former Defensive Player of the Year in the ACB, the league which is known to be second only to the NBA, will be abused on defense constantly throughout his career. Totally.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    @
    Skittleo5
    I’m pretty sure there is goaltending in europe..
    you’re right about the clogging zone tho because there isn’t a defensive 3 sec violation.

  • SKITTLESO5

    no you can take the ball out of the cylinder in Fiba rules checkit out thats why there was some talk of trying this rule out in the D League next yr. NBA and FIBA rules different….same here in Australia when you play in a league here 99 percent of teams play paint clogging zone so the shooters easier to score but the smaller guards who want to get to the basket have to find other ways to score, unlike man d when you beat your guy its easier.

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Looking forward to finally seeing him play here. Doesn’t matter if he’s going to produce or not – I just wanna see him play.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    So where does the 4 other PGs on this team fit? Not one of them is ready to lead this team to a .500 season and Kevin Love and B Easy really need a bonafide PG…

  • http://dsjklff.com Jukai

    Yes, I’m sure the former Defensive Player of the Year in the ACB, the league which is known to be second only to the NBA, will be abused on defense constantly throughout his career. Totally.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    @Skittleso5
    You right about that one, thought you were talking about when someone shoots, you can black it even tho the ball is coming down. like this
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OQalbnPdiY

  • angus

    6.5ppg and 3.5app in the euro league? uh pretty sure any high school varsity pg could take his talents to euro and get those numbers, not saying he’s going to be a bust but what are people seeing in that?

  • http://dsjklff.com Jukai

    ^^^
    Jeremy Tyler.

  • irondan21

    His new nickname will Be “Ricky Road Kill” cuz the top ten pgs will murder him. Does anyone want to see him versus Rose? Thank God for him, most of the better pgs are in the east.

  • http://dsjklff.com Jukai

    Most of the top-10 PGs murder everyone. Why is there so much f*cking hate for this kid?

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    Hell, I don’t hate him. I hope he does really well

  • Nate C

    maybe they should run the bermuda triangle offense

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Jukai knows what’s up.

  • flipnoyce

    I really hope he lives up to the hype. I like the kid so far from what I’ve seen on youtube. Europe bball is different from the NBA, so with that said Rubio might struggle from the start. If he can adjust quickly then it’ll be much easier for him later on his career. So far he’s part of the big boy league now lets see what he can do next season.

  • https://www.facebook.com/nathan.apolonio NDAx92

    Its great that he’s going to the NBA and all…but what is Minnesota gonna do with Johnny Flynn? Hands down Minnesota made the stupidest draft choices, picking two PG back to back.
    Theirs a reason Rubio is just coming to the NBA people, he’s already maximized all of his European potential and is going to try to give the NBA a shot. Even though he didn’t and I believe still doesn’t want to have a career in Minnesota.

  • BillyQ

    This kid will be a bust. Is shot is not great,his decision making is not great and his defence is not great. BUST!

  • zack

    he’s a softee he needs to be NBA TOUGH not EURO LEAGUE TOUGH guys like RON ARTEST OR NATE ROBINSON will drain him mentally and physically……..he needs to put on 30lbs of mass or so…..chest,shoulders,back,buttocks cause its going to get a lot of pounding,elbows,banging….THIS IS THE NBA….ONLY THE STRONGEST SURVIVE

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