Alright, so the debate has gone on ever since Rubio's name first appeared in the sentence of possibly coming to compete in the NBA.
Many believe that Rubio has what it takes to flat out become one of the best point-guards that the NBA has ever seen, while others think Rubio will become more of a disappointment than anything else.
For those of you who do think Rubio is nothing but hype, I am with you, and for all of those fans that think Rubio will become "great", read my slide show and I will prove you wrong.
At the young age of 18, Ricky Rubio has already played professional European basketball since he was 13 years old.
He clearly knows how to play the game and has an outstanding basketball IQ, but can his game translate from the Euro league into the NBA?
Taking a deeper look into things, Rubio will have to adjust his living arrangements by moving to the United States. While many might not really think of it as a big deal, it is for a kid that is just 18 years of age.
Is Rubio really ready to step his game up and does he have the mindset needed to compete at the NBA level?
If Rubio is not 100 percent mentally prepared to take on the challenge, he can really turn out to be a bust.
When taking a first look at Rubio, one would think he has the explosiveness to attack the basket and the quickness to defend any opponent that he is challenged to guard.
But, in reality, he possesses neither quality.
Rubio lacks that "explosive" speed that many successful point-guards in the NBA retain.
He will have a difficult time driving to the basket and passing by point-guard defenders like Rondo, Parker, Williams, Paul, Harris, and so on.
Aside from his offensive disabilities, Rubio is not the quickest defender in world, either.
He will have a major problem guarding speedy point-guards in the league, especially during isolation plays as they will easily have the quicker first step on the young gun.
When taking a look at Rubio's physique, he is barely 6'3", weighing around a measly 180 pounds.
His jump shot is ranked only a six out of 10 on NBADraft.net and they state that his release is somewhat slow since his release point is fairly low.
Another serious issue is his leaping ability, which is extremely limited. Since Rubio is not able to jump very high, he will have a tough time scoring near the basket for easy layups.
Since the average NBA athlete jumps ridiculously high, Rubio will be forced to shoot the ball from further out, rather than anywhere around the paint.
Ricky Rubio is too young to emerge as a top notch point guard in the NBA. He lacks the speed, vertical jump, and mindset to be anything more than a mediocre guard in the league.
For all the hype that Rubio is given, fans should not expect too much from the young Euro...this looks like another Darko Milicic all over again.