Ricky Rubio Is The Next Great European

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer IAugust 21, 2008

He’s been a YouTube legend for years, but after the Beijing Olympics, Americans are now familiar with what Spain’s 17-year-old phenom guard Ricky Rubio brings to the table. He was by no means dominant against NBA All-Stars Chris Paul and Deron Williams, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t hold his own.

Rubio, who entered the professional basketball ranks at the ripe age of 14, has lived up to some pretty lofty expectations, playing in Spain’s most competitive league while still a teenager.

When you dissect his tape, it’s pretty easy to detect why NBA executives are drooling over the 6’4”, 175-pound baller. Not only is he deceivingly quick, but he has such an amazing vision for his teammates.

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