Ricky Rubio
Ricky Rubio
30-Year-Old GuardG
Minnesota Timberwolves
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Rubio enjoyed a revival in his first year with the upstart Suns, getting back to his Minnesota-level production with his new team. While a member of the Jazz from 2017-19, Rubio played off ball frequently and ceded usage to Donovan Mitchell, but he played the role of true point guard in his inaugural season with Phoenix. Rubio averaged 13.8 points, 8.8 assists and 4.7 boards across 31 minutes, and the boards and assists were both the second-highest totals of his career. Rubio shot a career-best 36.1 percent from deep while canning 1.4 shots from beyond the arc. He also swiped 1.4 steals to return some three-and-D value at point guard. Still just 30 years old, Rubio appears to have plenty of gas left in the tank entering his 10th NBA season. He'll be on a "new" team again after he was dealt to the Timberwolves -- the team that drafted him in 2009 -- during the 2020 Draft. He's joining a revamped Wolves team with Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell and rookie Anthony Edwards. Rubio and Russell should start together in the backcourt, with Rubio likely facilitating much of the offense while Russell can focus more on doing what he does best -- scoring. As a result, it wouldn't be surprising if we saw Rubio have a repeat season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $51 million contract with the Suns in July of 2019. Traded to the Thunder in November of 2020. Traded to the Timberwolves in November of 2020.
Personal Bio

Rubio was born in 1990 in El Masnou, Spain. He has a younger sister, Laia and an older brother, Marc, who has played professionally in Spain. Rubio had an illustrious international career prior to joining the NBA, as he was the youngest player to ever play in Spain's ACB League (14 years old). He went on to spend several seasons with Joventut Badalona and FC Barcelona before coming to the United States. Rubio cares deeply about cancer awareness, as he started the Tona Vives Lung Cancer Awareness Fund in honor of his late mother, who passed away in 2016 due to lung cancer. Rubio also won the 2017 NBA Cares Community Assist award due to his work with Five For The Fight, a charity dedicated to the eradication of cancer. You can follow Rubio on Twitter (@rickyrubio9) and Instagram (@ruuufio).

College/International Summary

Rubio was named the FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year Award on three occasions, garnering the honor in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons. He led the Spanish ACB in steals in the 2006-07 season (76) and 07-08 seasons (74). He was named the European Player of the Year in 2008. In addition, the El Masnou, Spain native was chosen the Spanish ACB League Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Rubio was selected in the first round (fifth overall pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite his selection, he opted to play for FC Barcelona for the next two seasons, winning the EuroLeague in 2010 and the Liga ACB title in 2011. He then began playing for the Timberwolves in the 2011-12 season.

Sharp shooting despite loss
GMinnesota Timberwolves
February 23, 2021
Rubio had 12 points (4-8 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds and four assists across 23 minutes in Tuesday's loss against the Bucks.
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Rubio didn't stand out as a scorer in this one, but he was one of four Minnesota players to score in double digits while also displaying an accurate touch from the field -- something that isn't always the case with him. Rubio might benefit from D'Angelo Russell's knee injury to play more meaningful minutes, but even in that scenario, he doesn't carry a lot of upside due to his limited scoring ability.
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2019

Rubio kicked off his ninth NBA season on a high note, recording 11 points, 11 rebounds, six rebounds and four steals in the Suns' opening night victory over Kings. He notched three more double-doubles during a four-game stretch in early November, including a 22-point, 12-assist effort in a 138-112 win over the Nets on Nov. 10. Rubio supplied a season-high 25 points on Dec. 14 in a near loss to the Spurs and quickly followed it up with a 10-point, 14-assist, 11-rebound triple-double on Dec. 16 against the Trail Blazers -- his first of the year. Rubio entered the All-Star break with excellent averages of 12.3 points, 8.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 31.3 minutes per game. When the suspended season resumed in Orlando, Rubio helped lead the Suns to a perfect 8-0 record during seeding play. In 26.8 minutes per game, Rubio averaged 12.9 points, 7.9 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 0.8 steals, while hitting nearly 43 percent of his three-point attempts. In an Aug. 2 win over Dallas, Rubio narrowly missed a triple-double, posting 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in 32 minutes. Against the 76ers on Aug. 11, Rubio went for 16 points, 10 assists, five rebounds and a block in just 28 minutes.

2018

Rubio averaged 12.7 points, 6.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 68 games (67 starts) in what ultimately amounted to his final season with the Jazz in 2018-19. The Spanish point guard scored 20 or more 11 different times on the year, finishing in double figures a total of 45 times, including 10 double-doubles. He enjoyed more success shooting on the road compared to games played at home, converting on 43.4 percent of his shots away from home compared to a 37 percent success rate in friendly confines. On three separate occasions, Rubio recorded four steals in a single game and averaged 1.3 spg -- a mark he's hit in each season of his career. His season-high in points was 28, which he reached twice -- first Oct. 28 against Dallas and then again Nov. 19 against Indiana. He was highly effective in the postseason as well, averaging 15.4 points per game over five contests, to go along with 8.6 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 steals. Rubio's 2018-19 assist rate of 32.1 was the 15th-highest in the league. As Utah's floor general, Rubio did an excellent job getting teammates involved each and every night while registering 12.5 assists per 100 possessions. His turnover percentage (17.8) was the lowest of his eight-year NBA career.

2017

Long known as one of the NBA's premier passers, Rubio's first season in Utah saw him play off the ball more than in any of his other six years in the league. While his assist numbers (5.3) remained respectable despite being the lowest mark of his career by a sizable margin, it was his increased scoring that was the most pleasant surprise. Rubio averaged 13.1 points, exactly 2.0 points better than his previous career-high mark. Rubio hit the 20-point mark on 15 separate occasions and scored 30 or more points four different times. He set a new single-game high with 34 points in a win over San Antonio on February 3. One of the main reasons Rubio saw his scoring numbers go up were due to his improved shooting range. Rubio averaged 1.2 made threes per game while hitting 35.2 percent of his shots from downtown. Both those numbers were new career-bests. Defensively, Rubio continued to rack up the steals. His 1.6 thefts per contest marked the seventh straight season he has reached that figure per contest.

2016

With the exception of five games missed early due to a sprained elbow, Rubio stayed healthy the entire 2016-17 season and had arguably his most productive year to date. He had career highs in average points (11.1) and assists (9.1), shooting percentage (40.2) and free-throw percentage (89.1). The route there was filled with several milestone performances. Rubio's fifth career triple-double came March 5 against the Spurs when he tallied 11 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. On March 14 against Washington, Rubio broke his own franchise record with 19 assists. He was red-hot the entire month, averaging 17.8 points and 10.4 assists through 14 March games. He ended March with a bang, scoring a career-high 33 points to go along with 10 assists in a win over the Lakers. Rubio's outstanding year also had a positive effect on his teammates, as both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins had career scoring highs with 25.1 and 23.6 points per game, respectively. While the team improved its win total from the year before, a 31-51 record still wasn't enough to get Rubio his first postseason berth. Rumors of the Timberwolves shopping Rubio finally came to fruition less than three months after the end of the season, as he was dealt to the Jazz in exchange for a first-round pick.

2015

Rubio was again bit by the injury bug in advance of the 2015-16 season, as he battled a quad issue for most of the preseason. That was hardly noticeable in the season opener, however, as Rubio dropped a career-high 28 points (10-17 FG) in a narrow win over the Lakers, chipping in 14 assists as well. He averaged 9.0 assists for the first six games of the year before missing four contests due to a hamstring injury. Rubio eventually got back on track and even flirted with a quadruple-double in a Dec. 16 matchup against the Knicks, falling just one point and two steals short. He was back to his regular self from then on, starting every game from Dec. 1 to the end of the year. Rubio even matched his career-high assist total (17) on two separate occasions. With nearly a full season (76 games) in tow, Rubio finished fifth in the league in total assists (658) and third in total steals (162). He also showed some improvement from distance with 62 three-pointers made, a personal career high that was good for second on the team. The addition of rookie Karl-Anthony Towns gave him another formidable offensive option to run with, and it also likely played a role in Rubio setting a career-high Player Efficiency Rating (17.6). The Timberwolves made strides from the previous season, but Rubio and company still fell short of the postseason with a 29-53 record.

2014

Rubio entered the 2014-15 season with a fresh four-year contract and picked up right where he left off to begin the year. He even matched his career-high assist total with 17 in the third game of the season Nov. 1 against the Bulls. Two games later -- a week after signing his extension -- Rubio suffered a severely sprained ankle that kept him on the sidelines all the way up until Feb. 2. Once his minutes restriction was lifted after returning, Rubio started to heat up once again. In a five-game stretch that started Feb. 27, the point guard recorded five consecutive double-doubles, averaging 13.8 points, 11.2 assists and 7.2 rebounds over that stretch. That run included his fourth career triple-double in a March 2 loss to the Clippers. The magic was short-lived, however. Rubio tweaked his ankle and missed two games in mid-March, but returned and played 30 minutes in a loss to Toronto on March. 18. That proved to be his final game of the season. Rubio missed another long stretch of games before the Timberwolves ultimately elected to shut him down April 2.

2013

A shortened 2012-13 season allowed Rubio to fully recover from the ACL injury he suffered two years earlier, and he entered the year with a clean bill of health. Rubio even played for the Spanish National team in the 2013 Euro Championships, leading the team to a bronze medal. He went on to play and start all 82 games that season for the Timberwolves, posting career-highs in assists (8.6 apg) and shooting percentage (38.1). The first major highlight for Rubio came early, as he posted his second career triple-double with 12 points, 14 assists and 10 rebounds in a victory over the Lakers. He also added five steals in that contest for good measure. Rubio proceeded to record his third triple-double in a March 19 matchup against Dallas, posting 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. His 2013-14 campaign also saw Rubio set new career highs in points (25 on Feb. 8) and assists (17 on Feb. 19). At the end of the year, Rubio finished second in the league in steals per game for the third consecutive season, and led the league in total steals with 191. The latter also shattered Tyrone Corbin's previous franchise record of 175. Despite the individual success, Rubio's Timberwolves finished with a record of 40-42, finishing 10th in the Western Conference and narrowly missing the postseason.

2012

In his second season in the Association, Rubio played in 57 games for Minnesota. Given his rookie season ended with a torn ACL in early-March, Rubio was expected to miss some time to begin the 2012-13 campaign. He sat out the year's first 20 games, but made his return to the court Dec. 15 against the Magic, registering eight points and nine assists across 18 minutes off the bench. Rubio came off the bench nine more times before re-entering the starting five Jan. 17, and never looked back. The Spaniard was in prime form by February and had six double-doubles in a nine-game stretch from Feb. 4 to Feb. 24, averaging 14.4 points and 9.6 assists over that span. His first career triple-double came Mar. 12 against the Spurs, when Rubio recorded 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists. Rubio also set a new career high when he scored 24 points (8-18 FG) Apr. 13 against the Suns. Despite starting the season late, Rubio still led the Timberwolves in total assists (418) and total steals (137).

2011

Despite being selected fifth overall in the 2009 NBA Draft, Rubio stayed overseas and did not make his NBA debut with Minnesota until December of the 2011 season. His official debut date came a day after Christmas, when Rubio had six points, six assists and five rebounds across 26 minutes off the bench in a loss to the Thunder. He recorded his first career double-double two games later with 12 points and 12 assists against the Heat. For the season, the rookie registered 12 double-doubles. Rubio made his first career start Jan. 13 in a victory over the Hawks, and he never left the starting five after that. The Spaniard went on to win Rookie of the Month in January. His career high came Feb. 19 against the SIxers, when he scored 22 points on 7-of-17 shooting. Rubio's season was derailed Mar. 9, however, when he suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Despite the shortened season, Rubio made the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie team.

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Transaction History
  • June 25, 2009
    Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1st round (5th pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft.
  • May 1, 2011
    Signed a two-year rookie contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves that included team options for 2012-13 and 2013-14.
  • October 1, 2014
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • June 30, 2017
    Traded by the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Utah Jazz for a 2018 1st round draft pick.
  • July 8, 2019
    Signed a three-year contract as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns.
  • November 16, 2020
    Traded by the Phoenix Suns -- along with Kelly Oubre, Jalen Lecque, Ty Jerome and a future first-round pick -- to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Chris Paul and Abdel Nader.
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Rubio bounced back in the assist department in 2018-19 (6.1 APG) after a down year in 2017-18 (5.3 APG). He scored at the second-highest clip of his career, with 12.7 points per game, though his 16.4 PPG per 36 minutes was a new career best. While he took a step in the right direction scoring and assisting, Rubio's shooting percentages waned from 41.8 percent from the field to 40.4 percent and 35.2 percent from three to 31.1 percent. He also recorded career lows in rebounds (3.6) and steals (1.3). His underwhelming stint in Utah is over after two years, where he leaves behind averages of 12.9 points, 5.7 assists and 1.5 steals after averaging 10.4 points, 8.5 assists and 2.1 steals in six seasons with Minnesota. A likely explanation for the sharp drop off in assists in Utah is the high usage of Donovan Mitchell. In 2018, Mitchell had a 30.9 usage rate, seventh highest among players with at least 1900 minutes. Though he will join another high-usage two-guard in Devin Booker, it's possible that Rubio is given the keys to run the offense and play a more traditional point guard role as he did for the Timberwolves. The Suns hope Rubio can be the floor general they've been looking for, and with a talented young core in Booker, DeAndre Ayton, Kelly Oubre and Cam Johnson, he'll have no shortage of playmakers to assist.
In a strange turn of events, Rubio set a career high in scoring (13.1 PPG) and a dramatic career-low 5.3 assists per game (while actually seeing his turnover rate increase) after averaging 8.5 assists across his first six seasons. Though some of that was due to Utah’s slow pace, the emergence of Donovan Mitchell as an unexpectedly high-usage player during his rookie campaign lowered Rubio’s passing upside and turned him into more of an off-ball player. On a positive note, Rubio improved his range, setting career highs in both threes made per game (1.2) and three-point percentage (35.2). Still, in this situation, it doesn't appear Rubio is a nightly 10-plus assist, three-plus steal threat any longer. In 2016-17, Rubio posted 34 games with 10-plus dimes and, in 2015-16, posted 33 games with at least three steals. Last year, those tallies dropped to seven and 15, respectively. A confusing turn of events aside, Rubio still has top-50 upside considering his under-appreciated rebounding ability (4.6), proficiency from the charity stripe (86.6 percent) and overall solid health (at least 75 games played over the past three campaigns).
Rubio will be joining a new team, the Jazz, for the first time in his career after debuting during the 2011-12 season with the Timberwolves. The Minnesota brass seemingly wasn’t worried about giving him up in order to replace him with Jeff Teague, as Rubio has struggled to reach the high standards many scouts assigned him. The main knock to his game thus far has been his scoring ability, or lack thereof. Last season was his most efficient year in the league, though he still shot just 40.2 percent from the field and went a subpar 60-of-196 (30.6 percent) from beyond the arc. Considering the Jazz lost both Gordon Hayward’s and George Hill’s offensive production to other teams, Rubio will certainly have to attempt to carry some of the scoring load, though there’s been little indication that he’s ready for a breakout campaign in that department. There’s seemingly no reason he shouldn’t be able to continue his work as a premier dime dropper, however. Last season, he posted a career-high 9.1 assists across 32.9 minutes per game. He provided solid value as a rebounder (4.1) and defender (1.7 steals) as well. With that in mind, Rubio’s Fantasy value is likely similar to what is was last season, though it’s not misguided to believe he could jump a few spots in the point guard rankings.
Rubio once again provided stellar averages in assists (8.7 per game) and steals (2.1) last season, but failed to demonstrate improvement as a shooter, averaging 10.1 points per game on an ugly 37.4 percent from the field. It’s difficult to call Rubio a disappointment though, as he essentially met his career averages across the board. Now five years into his NBA career, it may simply be unrealistic to expect the 25-year-old to become a more efficient offensive player. All signs point to Rubio opening the season as the Timberwolves’ starting point guard, but the addition of No. 5 overall pick Kris Dunn raises some questions. The prevailing belief was that Minnesota would look to deal one of Dunn or Rubio after the draft, but the team has held steadfast to the notion that the pair can coexist. That very well may be the case, but Rubio’s minutes will likely decline to accommodate Dunn, and there’s still a chance he could be dealt, particularly if Dunn shines early in the season.
After the 2013-14 season saw Rubio play all 82 games for the first time in his career, a severe ankle sprain cost him all but 22 contests in 2014-15. The injury concerns will be present. He has averaged 31.5 missed games per season over his career, but when Rubio plays, he's a valuable fantasy asset. With 2014-15 averages of 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.7 steals, and 0.6 three-pointers per game, Rubio is capable of putting up a buffet of counting stats. His shooting percentage will likely still be awful. He has never shot above 39 percent from the field in a season, but the 24-year-old enters the new campaign as the unquestioned point guard (about 32 minutes per game in 2014-15) on a team that boasts a crew of explosive, athletic pieces. That means Rubio could be in line for plenty of easy assist opportunities to the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, providing a boost to his already elite potential in that category. As a player who is still quite young despite entering his fifth season in the NBA, it's possible that Rubio's shooting and scoring numbers become more bearable, but his real value lies in his assists, steals, and above-average rebounds for his position.
For the first time in his three-year career, Ricky Rubio proved that he could stay healthy throughout an 82-game NBA season. After missing at least 25 games in his first two seasons, the Spanish point guard played all 82 games and averaged 32 minutes per game last season. Rubio will be 24 years old before the start of the 2014-15 season, so he may be maturing into his body. Fantasy owners can only hope that he develops a better shooting stroke. Last season, he averaged a career-low 9.5 points on 38 percent from the field (sadly, a career high), 33 percent on three-pointers, and 80 percent from the line. The 6-4 guard also provided 4.2 rebounds, 8.6 assists (fourth-best in the league), and 2.3 steals (second best). With Kevin Love in Cleveland, the team has no clear number one option on offense (although it could be Kevin Martin or Thaddeus Young), so new coach Flip Saunders may hope that Rubio can provide more scoring production. Rubio can improve his field goal percentage by taking easier shots and getting to the free-throw line. (He has hit 80 percent of his freebies over his career.) Fantasy teams can use Rubio as a two-category stud (assists and steals) and hope that he will improve even marginally in field goal percentage and points.
If "fun to watch" was a fantasy category, Rubio would be a top-five player. His creativity on offense, his ball-handling and his pinpoint passes have made him a big favorite in the NBA blogosphere. But his actual production – in fantasy terms, at least – has a ways to go before it catches up to his reputation. He's an excellent source of assists (7.3 apg in 2012-13) and steals (2.4), and a better-than-average rebounder (4.0 rpg) for his position – but he can't shoot. Rubio's field goal percentage from the floor last season looked like other guards' shooting from three – and his three-point percentage was in John Wall territory. The return of Kevin Love should help Rubio's numbers; due to a variety of injuries, Minnesota's two biggest attractions only appeared together in five games last year.
Rubio accomplished a remarkable feat in his first NBA season. He made general manager David Kahn look awfully smart. The Spanish phenom was having a rookie of the year-type campaign, averaging 10.6 points, over eight assists, four rebounds and two steals per game--and shooting a much better-than-expected 34 percent from three-point range--when his knee gave out. He suffered tears to his ACL and LCL on March 9, ending his rookie year and putting his status for the start of the 2012-13 season into question. When he does return, he'll be the established starter on a Minnesota team that is quickly growing into a dangerous team, which will only help his overall numbers.
Minnesota took Rubio with the fifth overall selection in the 2009 NBA Draft, but he elected to play professionally in Spain the past two seasons. He's been a professional player since age 14 and played for Spain in the 2008 Olympics and won a silver medal, drawing raves from NBA players in the competition for his passing ability. He's seen as a pass-first point guard with great court vision, but questions remain about his ability to shoot. Amid speculation he'd demand to be traded away from Minnesota, he finally signed a contract to play in the NBA in June. Though it's sometimes hard to translate production in European leagues to projected production in the NBA, it's worth noting that Rubio is coming to the NBA with a lot of question marks in his game. Through 54 professional games in 2010-11, Rubio shot under 33 percent from the field (including under 25 percent from beyond the arc). In 20 games with Regal Barcelona, he averaged just 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 23 minutes. One bright spot in his stat line is the 1.7 steals he averaged in those limited minutes. He's a candidate to hit the rookie wall and hit it hard at some point. Though he's been playing professionally since the 2005-06 season, Rubio has never averaged more than 23 minutes per game over the course of a season. Head coach Rick Adelman has been impressed by his play early in training camp and he'll likely begin the season as the starting point guard. However, he may be inconsistent given his age (just 21) and as he adapts to the NBA.
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Excels as scorer in loss
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February 21, 2021
Rubio posted 18 points (7-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-3 FT), six assists and a steal across 27 minutes in Sunday's 103-99 loss to the Knicks.
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Dishes out season-high 13 assists
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February 18, 2021
Rubio had 20 points (6-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 13 assists, three rebounds and a steal across 35 minutes in Wednesday's loss against the Pacers.
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Comes close to double-double
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February 16, 2021
Rubio supplied 13 points (5-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-4 FT), eight assists and four rebounds across 29 minutes in Tuesday's loss against the Lakers.
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Hot from downtown in win
GMinnesota Timberwolves
February 15, 2021
Rubio contributed 16 points (6-13 FG, 4-8 3Pt), five assists and one rebound in 30 minutes Sunday in the Timberwolves' 116-112 win over the Raptors.
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Dishes out team-high nine dimes
GMinnesota Timberwolves
February 12, 2021
Over 28 minutes, Rubio totaled five points (2-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine assists and four rebounds during the Timberwolves' loss to the Hornets on Friday.
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