Cavs’ new point guard Ricky Rubio named FIBA All-Star.
Ricky Rubio had an Olympic’s to remember. While the Spanish national team failed to medal and generally underperformed, that cannot be said about their star player. Rubio single handily kept them in the Olympic tournament for as long as they were there. So it’s no surprise that FIBA recognized Rubio’s accomplishments by selecting the newest point guard for the Cavs as a member of their FIBA All-Star team.
The rest of the FIBA All-Star team included the USA’s Kevin Durant (Nets), Australia’s Patty Mills (Nets), France’s Rudy Gobert (Jazz), and Slovenia’s Luka Doncic (Mavericks).
His placement on the FIBA All-Stars list is great in its own right but his stats really help paint the picture as to why. Rubio shot 54.3% from the floor and 47.8% from three-point, and 82.6% from the free-throw line. He averaged 24.6 minutes, 25.5 points, 6.0 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game, all while doing it on a team by himself. Despite no one from Spain besides Rudy Fernandez putting in any real work, Rubio’s +/- was still a +1.
A sign that Ricky Rubio may have put it all together finally?
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It’s possible that what we’re seeing is Ricky Rubio having finally put it all together. Rubio will turn just 31-years-old in October. The same age Steve Nash was when he finally put it all together in Phoenix. He was 30-years-old entering the season and turned 31 around the All-Star break.
While we’re not saying that Rubio is going to become Nash and start averaging double-doubles and winning MVPs, we are saying that if given 25 minutes per game, if not more, Rubio could be a huge contributor to a possible Cavalier turnaround. It’s clear Rubio has improved his three-point shot and has become a far more efficient scorer over his last few years, his return to the Minnesota Timberwolves notwithstanding.
It’s entirely possible that Rubio could have the season of his career with the Cavs and if things go well, could really help turn around a team that is desperate for some success in a post-LeBron James world.