Ricard Rubio Vives is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He was the first player born in the 1990s to be drafted by the NBA. Rubio is a member of Spain’s national basketball team, the La Liga team, and the Spanish national basketball federation, the BARCELONA national team.
About Ricky Rubio in brief
Ricard Rubio Vives is a Spanish professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. Rubio became the youngest player ever to play in the Spanish ACB League on October 15, 2005, at age 14. On June 25, 2009, he was drafted with the fifth pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft by the Timberwolves, making him the first player born in the 1990s to be drafted by the NBA. Rubio was regarded by some as the best European guard prospect ever. In 2011, Rubio joined the Minnesota Wolves, and spent six seasons in Minnesota before being traded to the Utah Jazz in June 2017. He signed with the Phoenix Suns in July 2019, before returning to Minnesota in 2020. He is the fifth-youngest player to make their debut in the EuroLeague, since the year 2000. He made his EuroLeague debut on October 24, 2006, at 16, becoming the first players born in a 1990s season to play a EuroLeague game. On August 31,2009, Joventut traded the rights to Rubio to FC Barcelona, and Rubio signed a six-year contract with FC Barcelona the following day. On September 1, 2010, Barça bought out Rubio’s contract for €3.5 million and announced on September 1 he had signed a 6-year deal with the club. Rubio has been compared by some to Pete Maravich. He has also been called the best point guard in the history of the European basketball league, and is considered to be one of the best young players in the world. Rubio is a member of Spain’s national basketball team, the La Liga team, and the Spanish national basketball federation, the BARCELONA national team.
He also plays for the Barcelona B team and the Real Madrid B team in the Champions League. He was the first Spanish player to be selected in the 2010 NBA draft, with the 5th pick. Rubio’s father told a Spanish media outlet his son might return to Spain for at least one more season. The main stumbling block to Rubio’s NBA move was a clause in the league’s collective bargaining agreement that prohibited a team from paying more than USD 500,000 toward a player’s contract buyout. Rubio had a buyout clause reported by various media outlets as ranging from USD 6. 6 million to USD 8. 2 million, and Timberwolves general manager David Kahn admitted Rubio would probably have to play one more year in Spain to reduce or avoid the buyout in 2009. Rubio issued the following statement: “The reason leading me to take this next step is to have a period of preparation to better take the challenge of the NBA in better conditions as a player. The Minnesota Timberwolves continue to be my first option and I wish to play with them in the near future. From an 18-year-old’s perspective and his family’s perspective it was very nerve-racking”. He added: “It’s just been a tough summer, adding adding the Spanish media, his national teammates, and people in his hometown to stay in Spain was very tough”