Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio is in just his second season, but the young PG from Spain has all of the qualities a franchise looks for in their leader for the future.
Rubio — who was the fifth overall pick in 2009 — may not be much of a scorer yet but his attributes in other key categories more than make up for his lack of scoring abilities. Even though he is only 22, Rubio is already one of the premier play makers in the league, as he has averaged 7.7 assists per game over his first couple seasons.
At 6’4″, Rubio is also a solid rebounder from the point guard position and averages over four rebounds a night, and his instincts playing the passing lane has enabled him to consistently rank among the NBA’s leaders in steals, including an average of 2.3 this season despite missing time to rehab a torn ACL.
Rubio still needs to work on his jump shot as he has yet to shoot over .400 from the field so far in his career, although he has improved his percentage from .357 as a rookie to .374 this year. Rubio has also progressed as he has rounded into form, and in March he is averaging an impressive 14.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 7.8 assists while shooting .414 from the field.
The Timberwolves will be able to offer Rubio an extension after next season, as they should have no problem doing so. Rubio has the charisma, talent and ability to make his teammates better that any franchise would be pleased to have, and Minnesota should look to lock him up for the long term as soon as they can.