It’s tough to consider any athlete a bust before he even plays a minute for his professional team, but that’s kind of what’s happening to Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio. His nondescript play in the Eurobasket tournament has people wondering if this kid will have any sort of impact early in his NBA career.
On Friday, Rubio played 21 minutes and produced just four points, four assists and two steals. He’s currently behind Jose Calderon, so it could be just him needing more playing time to get into a rhythm. But, the people that have seen the games say this kid just doesn’t look good.
Sekou Smith of NBA.com writes:
The Ricky Rubio cynics out there continue to build a case against the young wizard. After yet another ho-hum outing, it’s getting tougher and tougher to envision him as a difference maker in his first NBA season. But we will keep watching (and waiting) for that breakout performance.
The Timberwolves should have some level of concern, given all that they’ve gone through in terms of investing a high pick and then waiting for him to get over to the United States. The good news, though, is that there might not be an NBA season and none of this will matter.