The Good and Bad of Ricky Rubio: Should New York Knicks Think Twice?

Vinny YeagerCorrespondent IJune 24, 2009

BEIJING - AUGUST 20:  Ricard Rubio #6 of Spain falls during play in the men's basketball quarterfinal game against Croatia at the Olympic Basketball Gymnasium during Day 12 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 20, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The NBA Draft is only one day away, and it is still up in the air who the New York Knicks will select or what trades they will make.

The two options that look the most realistic for the Knicks are stay at the eighth spot and pick the best player on the board, or trade up with Memphis to the No. 2 spot and draft European sensation Ricky Rubio.

If the trade with Memphis does take place, New York should really consider thinking twice about selecting Rubio, because there are good and bad parts to his game and overall nature.

Here are the good and bad parts to his game, starting first with the positive outlook on this highly talented guard.


Great Point Guard Qualities

Mike D'Antoni's style of offense requires his team to push the ball up and down the court and rarely get into the halfcourt set.

Current Knick point guard Chris Duhon established that he does have the ability to do that, but he started to lack playing up-tempo toward the end of the season. Nate Robinson seems like the perfect guy to play in this system, but too many mistakes with the ball and a shaky relationship with D'Antoni stop him from excelling to be the No. 1 man.

When you think about and see how Rubio plays, you feel that D'Antoni's style of play was made for Rubio to play in.

Rubio likes to get up the court and be aggressive with the ball, causing some defenders to look embarrassed. That type of exciting play can be very productive for the Knicks and can turn a lot of close games into wins.

Another outstanding trait of Rubio is that he is an excellent passer. He is always finding the open man and making his teammates better. That being said, if he is able to knock down most of his shots, he will have no problem playing with the Knicks.



When some players enter the draft, they come out as freshmen and have only really played one year of truly competitive basketball.

That statement alone sometimes hurts those players' stock and causes teams to overlook them, no matter how good they are.

Rubio has gained plenty of experience playing overseas in Europe and has already become one of the best players outside of the United States.

The best experience that Rubio has gotten so far was in this past year's Olympics, when his Spanish National Team made it all the way to the finals, but then eventually lost to the United States. Although he only came away with a silver medal, he played exceptionally well against the world's elite and showed that he was bound for the NBA in that gold medal game against NBA veteran players.


Now to the not-so-good part of Rubio's game, which may make it a risky gamble if the Knicks do have the opportunity to select him.



Although he played excellent basketball during the Olympics and in Europe, he is still only an 18-year-old kid who really only weighs in at about 190 pounds.

Some players in the NBA are massive human beings, and one box-out or screen could send Rubio into next week. That can be scary for the Knicks because they don't want him getting hurt if he is being considered the point guard of the future.

Even though he is scouted as such a highly talented player, the NBA is one of the most aggressive basketball leagues in the world, and Rubio most buckle up and make sure that he doesn't get rattled around and beaten down.



When it comes to experience in the game of basketball, there are always two sides of the coin.

As stated earlier, Rubio gained valuable experience playing in professional European leagues, as well as in the Olympics. Yet, there is a big difference between playing in those two spotlights and playing in the National Basketball Association.

The NBA is filled with action-packed, intense basketball, which may not be seen in other leagues around the world. Not only is it the most popular professional basketball league on the globe, but it is also the best. There is not another league in this entire universe that can compete with the NBA.

Plenty of foreign players, such as Manu Ginobili, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tony Parker, have succeeded in the NBA, but others, like Darko Milicic, have failed miserably.

If Rubio truly has game, then he will join the list of foreign players who have made a mark in the NBA.


Ricky Rubio is probably the most talented player entering this year's draft, but before the New York Knicks automatically decide to go after him, they should think twice.

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