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Ricky Rubio showed up

Dec 18, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

After years of waiting, Ricky Rubio took the floor for the Minnesota Timberwolves Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks. The score isn’t important, it’s a preseason game. What is important is that Rubio finished with 6 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and just 1 turnover in 24 minutes. Not bad for the youngster’s first time out.

In a lot of ways, Rubio’s debut was what we expected. Brilliant vision. Stellar playmaking. Terrible shooting. Good perimeter defense. Bowled over physically in the post. And, oh, yeah, this.

Rubio may be the next coming of Maravich without the jumper. He may be the Rookie of the Year. He could have had a good night against a bad team in preseason. He could struggle when defenses get the book on him. But it’s going to be pretty exciting watching to see how this story unfolds. Another reason to celebrate the NBA being back.

  1. dysraw1 - Dec 18, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    is this the year of some real point guard battles

  2. acdc363 - Dec 18, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    You’re comparing this up and coming kid to Pistol Pete after just one preseason game?

    • zidanevalor - Dec 18, 2011 at 10:31 AM

      No he is not. Read the entire paragraph. He’s saying Rubio could be great, he could be good against bad teams, he could be average, or he could be bad. The point of the paragraph is that we don’t even have an approximation of where Rubio’s ceiling and floor is yet, but it will be fun to watch him play to see how good he actually is.

      • cancionisimas - Dec 18, 2011 at 10:39 AM

        And, by the way, the basketball world is bigger than NBA. Ricky could be differente things, but is not the first game he plays. He start playing at 14 (!!!!) on ACB and he has won 2 Leagues, 1 Euroleague, 1 Eurobasket, Olympic Silver medal and 1 Eurobasket Championship.

        I know, i know, he still has to debut on NBA, but this is not his first alley-oop…

  3. benjgold12 - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    I was impressed for someone’s first ever NBA game, very fun to watch and it will only get better as he starts getting used to the speed of NBA basketball. His defense is a little sketchy though as he seemed lost out there most of the time. Shaun Livingston was having his way with him for the most part. I hope that improves because Ricky and JJ were a nice back court combo, and Ricky would have to guard the 2 spot if that continues. As far as the team, way too many turnovers and they up gave way too many offensive rebounds, RA has his work cut out for him. Sure, wolves blew them out but the 3’s aren’t always gonna fall like they were Saturday night.

  4. therealhtj - Dec 18, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    He was impressive last night no doubt. A lot better than his rather unimpressive stat lines in the Euro leagues. The whole Minny team looked impressive. K-Love, slimmed down, could be an all-star starter this year. And Derrick Williams has a shot a ROY. It’s too soon to tell, but this young squad is loaded with talent and fresh legs. In a condensed season, they may have a shot at a playoff spot.

    There’s also a good chance all these dudes jump ship the minute they become FA’s, but that’s to be expected, isn’t it?

  5. stadix093 - Dec 18, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Nobody knows what he will become, but man he was a lot of fun to watch yesterday.

  6. andyreidisfat - Dec 18, 2011 at 6:17 PM

    The one thing we do know is that if any of these players are stars they will be traded for nothing to a big market team in the final year of their deal.

    The nba sucks, but atleast they made college game better by making kids stay two years

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