Tricky Ricky. La Pistola. The Spaniard. Whatever you call him, Ricky Rubio has been a polarizing player since entering the league in 2011.
Ricky Rubio is undoubtedly a wizard of a passer. But he’s far from perfect on the offensive end.
Perhaps mentioned as frequently as his passing ability is his lack of a consistent jump shot. Despite being adept in the pick and roll, defenders know they can live with any shot Rubio takes if they decide to check the roll man.
He’s an above average defender. Which is highly valuable in this era of NBA basketball, where the real star power is held in the backcourt.
Many Timberwolves fan have been clamoring for Rubio to be traded. He’s been involved in trade talks routinely over the last few seasons. Before last season’s trade deadline, the Wolves were “actively shopping” the 26-year-old guard.
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No trade materialized then, but the team hadn’t given up on moving Rubio.
Finally, last week, the team pulled the trigger and traded Rubio for a lottery-protected 2018 first-round draft pick via the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It is beyond question that Rubio provided a lot for the Timberwolves. He’ll be remembered by fans of the team for his dazzling no-look passes, his skillful nutmegs and his willingness to lead the team, even in the darkest of days.
Whether you’re hopping on the bandwagon thanks to the team’s newest star, Jimmy Butler, or you’re a long-time Wolves fan with a few tears left to shed, here are five things worth remembering about Ricky Rubio.