When Ricky Rubio entered the NBA in 2011 (although he was drafted in 2009), he was known for one thing – his flashy passing.
Granted, while jaw dropping at times, Rubio can still get a bit wild. So while the Timberwolves would like Rubio to work on his court vision and ball security, they have a more pressing request – his offense.
Rubio isn’t a great shooter nor is he a great scorer. It’s not his mentality, but that’s something the Wolves are hoping to change as team president Flip Saunders said the next step Rubio needs to take is improving his scoring.
Per Fox Sports North:
Yet Tricky Ricky’s new boss wants more.Buckets, particularly.“That’s his next step in the evolution of the point guard position,” recently hired Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told KFAN 100.3. “Being a bigger scoring threat, being able to knock down shots, which will make the game much more easier for him.”While Rubio, at times, makes it look easier than anyone, Saunders has a point. Pass-first one-guards are a dying breed in today’s NBA, mostly because they’ve all learned how to score.Not Ricky. Not yet.In two seasons, the native of Spain has averaged 10.7 points per game, which would rank 39th among qualifying point guards during that span had his torn ACL not cost him the second half of the 2011-12 season and the first quarter of last year. He’s shooting just 35.9 percent from the field and 31.7 from 3-point range.