We hear it all the time—upstart NBA players being put into conversations with the likes of Magic, Michael and Larry. Few times does the rest of the story read like the Hall of Fame resumes of their comparisons.
Ricky Rubio just might be deserving of such high praise.
Rubio was drafted 5th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2009 NBA draft. Here we are now, two agonizing NBA seasons later, and the Wolves finally have hit on a point guard draft pick.
Rubio is young, green and talented, but he remains head and shoulders above any other rookie.
Simple. This is a kid who signed his first professional contract at age 15. What we are seeing in Rubio this season is what a difference that professional experience has made on this young point guard.
Let's also not forget this young man has been on two Olympic teams, playing against the best the NBA has to offer on an International level. Most rookies hit many bumps in the road. Most rookies are in awe of rubbing shoulders with the likes of Kobe Bryant or LeBron James.
Not this rookie. This rookie has seen it all before, and that enables him to play with an unbridled flair that is usually harnessed in by coaches because that usually translates to turnovers in the NBA.
Turnovers translate to losses. In Rubio's case, it translates into 11 points, nine dimes and just under five boards per game. A more telling stat is that Rubio's Timberwolves have 13 wins so far, a 6-6 road record and a winning conference record.
This is a team who had won 32 total games in the two seasons since Rubio was drafted. Inspired by Magic and Pistol, driven to be the best passer this game has ever seen, Rubio will be a superstar in the NBA, if he isn't already.
Ricky Rubio will rewrite the record books at the point guard position.