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Dwyane Wade compares Ricky Rubio to Steve Nash

Jan 2, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

Timberwolves Rubio Arrives Basketball AP

There’s a long way to go in Ricky Rubio’s career — he’s just 21. We feel like we’ve been hearing about him forever because he burst on the scene at the highest level of Spanish basketball at age 16, but he is still very young.

Even at 21 he has the court vision and sense few others have. Yes, he needs a more consistent shot and other holes in his game need to be filled in, but he has “it.”

Don’t take my word for it, here is what Dwyane Wade told Fox Sports North about the Wolves rookie (via SLAM).

“The kid has something. He has that Steve Nash capability,” Wade said. “They’ve got a gem in him. He’s going to be great for them.”

In the ultimate sign of respect, after Rubio had led a Minnesota comeback with 4 points and 5 assists in the fourth quarter, Miami switched LeBron James over to cover him the final several minutes of the game. Rubio has been controlling the tempo of the game, James disrupted that (as he did to Derrick Rose in the fourth quarters of the Eastern Conference Finals last year).

Who knows how we’ll talk about Rubio in a decade. But there really is the potential there for him to be someone special.

  1. raidmagic - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Nice work! You’ve found a way to suck off the Heat in an article about the Timberwolves. That shows some real commitment.

  2. rooney24 - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Rubio (along with JJ Barea) has helped make the Timberwolves watchable again. They have a great player in Love, and Rubio and Barea can change the tempo and really make them fun to watch. If Adelman can get the best out of these players, they will surprise a few teams. They will likely still be short of the playoffs this season, but they may be headed in the right direction.

  3. dannomac21 - Jan 2, 2012 at 2:31 PM

    still trying to make the connection between ricky rubio and lebron sgutting down derrick rose in the playoffs last year.

  4. nbascreed - Jan 2, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    Hey Kurt! Love the blog. The Wolves play-by-play guy said the same thing but I think both you and he were mistaken for the reason Spoelstra made the switch. I saw it as such:

    They switched Jimmy onto Rubio in the last few minutes b/c the Wolves were killing them with the high Love/Rubio screen roll which Miami was switching with their small so Love was being guarded by a big which resulted in rebounds or Love post ups. After Jimmy started guarding Rubio they went to the screen/roll one more time and Jimmy switched onto Love. This time no Love advantage.

    thenbascreed.blogspot.com

  5. notacelticsfan - Jan 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Rubio burst onto the scene at age 14.

    You’re a hack.

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