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Last but not least, we get to the floppy-haired point guard that has taken this fanbase by storm.
Rubio returned around late December from his torn ACL and came along very slowly. After a few weeks shooting around 20 percent from the field and showing little of the flair that made him such a joy to watch the previous year, we all wondered if and when we would ever see the real Rubio again.
Fortunately, he returned to his usual self. As the season ran on, Rubio showed a more refined jump shot at times. He continued to get better and better and started putting up some seriously gaudy numbers for a good portion of this season.
Rubio put up some very eye-opening numbers after the All-Star break. A stat line of 12.9 points, eight assists, 5.2 rebounds and a jaw-dropping 2.9 steals per game proved that he is back and better than ever. He even shot the three to the tune of 35 percent after the break.
Despite coming up a hair short of leading the league in steals and putting up his usual top-10 assist numbers, Rubio improved in one aspect more than all others: Leadership.
Kevin Love is the indisputable superstar of this team, but even he knows they are going nowhere without Rubio. The Spaniard showed a fire and killer instinct that he had not shown during his rookie year, and even amidst another lost season, his fire still burned as bright as ever. Rubio is doing everything he can to make sure losing does not become an acceptable habit in Minneapolis.
Rubio still has a ways to go in his consistency, especially with his shooting. However, he took some big steps forward this year, and with his first healthy offseason ahead of him, he is in position for a monster season next year.
Final Grade: B+