Ricky Rubio is currently 7th in assists in the league and leading all rookies in the category. He is also shooting three pointers at a great clip — though a small sample, admittedly, [at 11 makes on 25 attempts] — and if he continues at this pace he will probably win Rookie of the Year (R.O.Y.) without a legitimate challenger.
Moreover, if he does pick up the R.O.Y., he will become the third member of the draft class of 2009 to have won it. (It’s such an odd circumstance to see three guys from the same draft class play their first season in three different years and then be this good, doing so. The other two are: Tyreke Evans and Blake Griffin.) Anyway, Ricky ain’t so bad, for a guy who was roundly ridiculed for being too soft to play in America, eh?
“The Timberwolves’ contract buyout for their top draft pick two years ago, point guard Ricky Rubio, is down to $1 million, and there’s no doubt the Spanish guard will come to Minnesota next season.” - twincities.com
“Going to Minnesota would have just complicated my life a lot. It was a risk and I didn’t see it so clearly. My priority was the NBA and it was impossible for the Minnesota Timberwolves to pay my buyout clause, so I wanted to stay home.” -Ricky Rubio
In other words, it was impossible to find the right amount of endorsement deals to help with the buyout. Also, Rubio enjoys flippin’ the bird. Look at how subtle he is!