Ricky Rubio is finally coming to the NBA. At first it looked like Rubio was going to stay in the overseas league forever.
Well, Timberwolves fans' dreams came true today as a future star is headed to Minnesota.
There are many questions around this: Can the fifth pick produce as a dominant point guard for the Timberwolves? Will his NBA career be long-term or just a year or two before returning overseas? These questions have not been answered, though they may within the next few days when his contract will be announced.
Some scouts believe the 20-year-old international basketball sensation needs to work on his jump shot and could get a little stronger. Rubio is only 180 pounds while he stands 6'4"; maybe it's time for him to gain 10-15 pounds.
In 2009, Rubio was a top-5 prospect leading up to that year's draft. Some even say Rubio could have been the first pick in the 2009 NBA draft if not for the risk of him going back overseas.
The Minnesota Timberwolves have now committed to two young studs in their backcourt, Jonny Flynn and Ricky Rubio. This adjustment could be a good thing or a terrible thing. This could make it easier for Rubio to adjust to the NBA and it could get Flynn started.
On the other hand, this could be a catastrophe. Rubio could adjust poorly since he's used to getting all the attention and minutes back in Europe. The Timberwolves have to be very patient in this situation, as they are in complete rebuilding mode. Most say it will take a year or so for Rubio to adjust to the NBA.
The Timberwolves will also likely welcome the No. 2 pick in the draft unless it gets traded to the Cavs. The Timberwolves aren't completely over with this kid though; he has to start learning how to knock down every shot and be a dominant shooter.
For the first time in two years, it looks like Rubio and the Wolves are a perfect match. Rubio is coming to the National Basketball Association; he will try to adjust and become a future star for the Timberwolves.