There was plenty of hype surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves back in 2009 when they drafted Ricky Rubio and even though he failed to make his debut until the 2011-12 season, the star guard still appeared to have a bright future in the NBA. Unfortunately, Rubio’s season ended early last year with a serious knee injury and while he’s been playing again for the Timberwolves–his numbers are far from where they should be for a player with his type of talent.
After averaging 10.6 points per game to go along with 8.2 assists per game last season, Rubio is only averaging 4.1 points per game and 4.8 assists in the 12 games he’s played in for Minnesota this season. Before Kevin Love went down with a broken hand a few weeks ago, the Timberwolves still appeared to be in the playoff hunt as they were staying close to the final few spots in the Western Conference.
There’s still plenty of time left in the regular season for the Timberwolves to stay in the hunt considering they’re only three games back of the final playoff spot, but whether or not they can keep up with the rest of them may heavily rely on the performance of Rubio. It’s understandable that Rubio’s knee may not be back at full strength, but he should be putting up much better numbers than he has been this season.
Minnesota is already at a disadvantage playing without Love until at least March–so it’s time for Rubio to pick up the slack to keep the Timberwolves playoff hopes alive.
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