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Friday, July 12th, 2013 at 11:54 am  |  26 responses

Holiday, Lillard, Rubio and Wall Cover SLAM China (PHOTOS)

Bring on the future.

Photos by Tianlong Ma

Jrue Holiday, Damian Lillard, Ricky Rubio and John Wall are gracing the cover of SLAM China 110.

The covers, which feature Lillard and Rubio on one and Holiday and Wall on the other, are headlined with “Breathtaking Future,” showing that with these four point guards, the sky’s the limit.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Love the Ricky/Lillard one

  • spit hot fiyah

    get that adidas money slam!

  • Habeeba Husain

    The future looks bright!

  • LLC#12

    Put these 4 in order anyone? I’d go Jrue, Damian/Ricky, John I think. This reminds me of a few years back where one cover was Ricky/Brandon, and the other was John/Lance, if I’m not mistaken.

  • MUBWAR

    drew over damian & john wall? really? 2 rookie of the year award winners? he only has a case against ricky.

  • LLC#12

    Of the 4 of them he averaged the most assists per game, most rebounds per game, 2nd most steals per game, joint highest 3p% and the 2nd highest fg%. He maybe doesn’t have as high a ceiling as the other guys, but right now, I’d say hes the best of the 4. And he has the nicer shoes…..

  • Jay Wallis

    Love both of these photos. SLAM consistently puts out the best covers of any sports magazine company.

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    So this is why they were all in China for the Yao Ming Team China vs Team America game…
    http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2013/07/yao-mings-team-america-vs-team-china/

  • RKJ92

    It should be Jrue Holiday, John Wall, Damian Lillard, and Ricky Rubio.
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    Jrue is a lock at first but John Wall is WAY better then Lillard, Rubio statistically speaking this shouldn’t even be an argument.
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    Third is Damian Lillard.
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    Fourth is Ricky Rubio (poor shooting puts him here).

  • bike

    In China they call this ‘Cretin Cover!!!!!’

  • phil

    In my opinion rubio has alot of issues. He can’t shoot, drive and overall offense is not good. He can’t guard quick guards and is a liability on defense. He can average 10 ast and run a team. He’s a john stockton that can’t play defense and is not as good on offense.

  • Billy Sunday

    this is dope. where can we get this issue in the us??

  • Espanya

    You obviously don’t watch the same Rubio everyone is.

    He can shoot, just not consistently. Like LeBron. Like Wade.
    He can drive to the rim with the best of them.
    He has a plethora of offensive moves and bailout passes, which is basically what you need in offense.
    Few people can guard quick guards. Really, Westbrook, Wall and Rose are the quickest three, in no particular order. Good luck guarding those three on a nightly basis.
    He can defend the rest of the guards in the league though, because he has the length and smarts needed. Not to mention the experience of playing professionally while going through puberty.

  • Dagger

    Did you just compare Rubio’s shooting ability with Lebron’s?

    This is Rubio’s shot chart from last season: http://stats.nba.com/playerShotchart.html?PlayerID=201937&Season=2012-13

    This is Lebron’s: http://stats.nba.com/playerShotchart.html?PlayerID=2544&Season=2012-13

    Lebron is one of the most efficient scorers in the league. He has a very good jump shot and he’s money inside. Rubio is one of the least efficient scorers in the league. He’s surprisingly decent at the corner three but abysmal from everywhere else.

    Rubio has a great future, and his combination of ball handling and passing is obviously elite. But let’s not make ridiculous comparisons.

  • Espanya

    I meant early in LeBron’s career, when he hasn’t been to some planet yet to play in the inter-universal league and become about 5 times better than anyone else in this planet

  • Dagger

    Even so, I would argue that Lebron was a good scorer near the basket from the second he entered the league. Same with Wade. Rubio shot 41% from near the basket last year, and he was even worse in the previous season! By comparison, Lebron hit 53% of his shots near the bucket in his first season, but increased to 64% in the following year.

    In no way can Rubio “drive to the rim with the best of them.” In fact, inside scoring is by far his biggest weakness on offense. If he improves that aspect of his game he will become much more dangerous as a creator. Only then can he be considered an elite point guard.

  • Max

    Jrue, John, Damian/Ricky.

  • LLC#12

    Seems I was wrong to place John so low, everyone’s disagreed with me. Also, you’re from Belgium, right? Or do I have you mixed up with someone else? Considering a trip to Brussels you see and I don’t want to stay too long/too little.

  • Max

    I still expect big things from John Wall.
    Yea, I’m from Belgium, what’d you like to know? haha

  • LLC#12

    I was just considering heading to Brussels for a couple of days in August, maybe like 3 days, you think that is a good length of time to spend there? Thanks by the way

  • Max

    Yeah that’s nice, if you’d come right now it would be ideal because the weather isn’t getting better than it is right now haha.
    Also visit Amsterdam in Holland dude. :)

  • LLC#12

    Yeah I checked and the weather is looking pretty good now! Amsterdam is definitely on my bucket list, I only live in the UK, so it’s only a matter of time (I hope) before I get to visit there!

  • Evan Boland

    SLAM China, I would love to know where I can see the 100th issue covers. I have asked multiple times, I don’t see how it can be too much to ask. I mean, you showed us these random covers, but no where can I see the 100th issue with the personalized covers….

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Responded on the other post…It’s a long story. If you must know get at me via Twitter or email and I’ll explain.

  • Fitim

    nah man Lillard is the best NBA pg way better than wall rubio or any other PG his rookie career tells everything

  • RKJ92

    Okay.. this is coming from a Portland fan..

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