Ricky Rubio Playing Well In Preseason, Poised For Breakout Year With Minnesota Timberwolves

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Ricky Rubio has looked good in the Minnesota Timberwolves‘ first two preseason games.  The biggest criticism of Rubio’s game during his first two years in the NBA have been his shooting and his turnovers, but Rubio has kept both his field goal percentage and his turnovers under control so far.

It may seem premature to say Rubio has improved his shot from a few preseason games, but considering that Rubio’s career field goal percentage is just 35.9, it’s acceptable for Timberwolves fans to be a little excited that Rubio has gone 7-of-13 over their first two games.  However, his rather efficient scoring thus far has basically ignored distance shooting.  Rubio has shot just one three pointer in preseason play, and he made it.  Rubio will need to take and make more threes during the season to quiet his critics and push the Timberwolves into the playoff picture.

Rubio turned the ball over six times over the Wolves’ preseason play, three times in each game.  This is basically Rubio’s career average, so there’s no improvement to see as of yet.  Still, for the amount Rubio handles the ball and the general sloppiness of play during preseason games, Wolves fans can’t complain.

In addition to showing improvement in some weak areas, Rubio continued to look good at his specialty — passing.  Rubio is one of the best young passers in the game, using his 6-foot-4 frame to his advantage to see the floor.  He has had plenty of nice dishes over preseason play, and with Rajon Rondo out to start the year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rubio lead the league in assists this year.

If Rubio can stay healthy all year, he is in a position to establish himself as one of the league’s elite point guards.  To do so, he will need to show that his shot really has improved throughout the season, but right now things are looking good.

Nick Guenther is a Minnesota Timberwolves Writer for Rantsports.com.  Follow him on Twitter @nickynicknickk or add him to your network on Google.

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