Ricky Rubio took the NBA by storm in his rookie season, only for it to end all too early after a freak knee injury. He’s inching closer to a return now, and the Minnesota Timberwolves couldn’t be happier.
Rubio was taken with the fifth overall pick back in 2009, then spent a year in Spain developing his game. He came over to Minnesota before the start of last season and quickly emerged as the starting point guard for the team.
It didn’t take long for Timberwolves fans to realize they had something special brewing.
Rubio averaged 10.6 points, 8.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds in his rookie season. He displayed tremendous court vision and was always looking to get his teammates involved. There’s no question the rest of the team loved playing alongside the young Spaniard, as his enthusiasm for the game rubbed off on everyone else.
Unfortunately, in a game against the Los Angeles Lakers, he collided with Kobe Bryant and tore his knee up. He’s been rehabbing ever since, and it finally looks as if he’ll be able to return to game action sometime this week.
Getting Rubio back could be just what the doctor ordered for the Timberwolves. They’re struggling at 9-9 so far this season and are averaging only 93.2 points per game. With Rubio calling the shots, we can expect those numbers to go up, as the whole offense should benefit across the board.
Kevin Love especially has to be ecstatic that his pal is nearing a return. Rubio and Love formed an instant connection on the court and those two should again be a lethal force once the point guard gets his legs under him and gains the necessary conditioning.
So while Minnesota may not be cashing day in and day out with your NBA picks, they’re certainly a team you want to keep an eye out for. Rubio’s return could change everything.