I've lived in Europe about 9 months now and see a good deal of European basketball. Rubio has scored 12 points in 5 games and shoots a horrible percentage. His offensive game is far from ready for the NBA game. Bradon Jennings has had his moments and learning what a good shot is while scoing double figures in nearly 40% of his game in 18 minutes a night. He is a much better prospect than Rubio. Jennings scored 12 points to Rubio's none when they matched up. European teams rarely have players play over 25 minutes a game so everyone's numbers seem mediocre but it is the system and starting isn't even a huge deal. Rubio may even be an a=injury issue at this time. I just don't see the adoration for Rubio
He's 18 years old and getting better; he held his own and ran the Spanish offense well against team USA at age 17. If you think Brandon Jennings could have done that you are mistaken.
Sarunas Jasikavicious won a game against the 2004 team by himself and came to the NBA afterwards. Nuff said
OMG! somebody FINALLY agrees with me. He isnt the real deal. Good source too, he lives in Europe. Listen to the man, he's got &$#%#&@!.
Im not believing that for one second. He is real.
Well i dont know if I totally agree with the fact that he is not a good prospect Rubio held his own in the olympics aginst team USA and after the game in an interview with koby the best player in the NBA koby said that he was very talented and had alot of nice things to say. That being said i think the kids skilled and could be a good NBA player but i dont beleive in any European talent until there playin over here and doing well there a bust most of the time and even the ones who do well dont win when it matters and are weak as hell like Dirk.
I read somewhere, Draftexpress i believe, that he is comming of a wrist injury and bieng rushed back onto the court for depth and his defense. That would throw his offense off. Plus jorrye, living in Europe DOES NOT mean you know what you are talking about. It means nothing at all. He isn't like the other Euro players, he plays good defense! Kids the truth, Im usually a euro hater admittedly and that wont change Till all those european kids stop playing horrible, but you gotta admit alot of the spanish players have been pretty successful. Some of the latin american players too, from what I can tell they play thier own brand of basktball, its different than the eastern and central european game.
I agree that he is overrated because it's true that the white media overrates white European players. But Rubio is very talented, he probably won't be as good as the hype, but he has the potential to be a great NBA Point Guard, he has Jason Kidd type vision of the floor and good creativity on the fast break. If he gets in the right system similar to a Don Nelson or Dantoni type system it'll show his talents and take away from his flaws. But if he plays in a slow half-court system his flaws will show more. Like how he's not that athletic or strong.
People only base Rubio off of his play against the USA in the olympics. That is only one example of him being good... I really don't see him being that good of a player. Darko was supposed to be great too.
Darko played against teenagers in Europe, get ur facts straight. Rubio is gonna be a stud in the pro's. He plays like a seasoned vet, has great (and I mean great) court vision and awareness, is a tenacious defender, gets into the paint at will and is an improving jump shooter. He may not be a hall of famer when it's all said and done, but I guarantee he turns into a very good, maybe great point guard in the league. Mark my words. And this is coming from a guy who really think almsot every European prospect is over hyped. Rubio is the REAL DEAL
Just go watch Rubio on youtube for a while. 6 ft 4" point guard who defends and is a great playmaker! Also he was born in 1990. He will be a great point guard in the future.
You can NEVER EVER!...base an opinion on youtube highlights. They are only good for two things concerning basketball, crossovers and dunks. Every player in the league has youtube highlights to show off a few nice plays, but everybody in the league isnt a good player. He was good in the olympics, you wont get an argument from me on that, but so was sun yue in china. And he isnt even seeing the light of day in the D-LEAGUE! Rubio may be a fantastic player in the league, but I dont see it.
I dont agree with you, but you have your &$#%#&@! together on this one gotta say. I think his athleticism is underrated. He isn't Derrick Rose, but nobody is. He looks like a better athlete than Steve Nash, and also better than Nick Calathes and Grievous Vasquez, who are comparable points with size that will likely be in the same draft class. He is 18, and won't even be 19 all that soon, So he will fill out some, he has been a pro for years already and understands what it takes so my guess is even though he is very talented, he is also probably working much harder than the american kids his age, not taking classes and such. At 6'4 and he isn't rail thin, I dont think he will ever get posted up by strong point guards, which is just about the most overrated skill in basketball anyways id say, a pg's post up ability. Thats like Yao Ming's floater, its just not really super relevant. The Kid appears to be a very gifted talent, and Is the first Euro prospect I can remember actually thinking will be good.
I think the OP's mistake is he is just looking at Rubio's Euroleague numbers, which are not indicative. Rubio is averaging 8.8 points and 6.2 assists in 21 minutes per game in the ACB. Not dominant, maybe, but clearly one of the top PGs in Europe at 18. The first few games he played this season (and pretty much all his Euroleague games) he had to play one-handed (just the left hand - his weak hand), so that held his numbers down. If you think B. Jennings might be a good one to judge his talent, after playing against Rubio in December, this is what Jennings said on his blog:
"Put it like this if [Rubio] were in the class of 09 in high school basketball he would be the #1 player hands down. No question about it." http://blog.underarmour.com/wheninrome/page/2/
I dont think you can understate what he did in the Olympics. First off Jasikavicious was the definition of a veteran even in 04 and came to the NBA past his prime. Even in his prime he didnt have Rubio's game. Watching a kid compete against the best in the NBA and do pretty well is probably a good indication that he will able to do a little something in the league. As far as overrated or underrated all potential NBA players are evaluated on skill set, size, athletic ability (as it pertains to basketball) basketball IQ and in game performance. Taking all that into consideration and putting extra emphasis on which ever catagory you like I still think he measures out as a lottery pick point guard.
henry you say get youre facts straight but youre facts are wrong..darko played for Košarkaški Klub Hemofarm...who is a pro team and was when he played also..they actually werent that bad and it was proffessional players playing not against a bunch of teenagers..i think rubio will be good..dont think he will be a future superstar thoug
quincey hodges: "henry you say get youre facts straight but youre facts are wrong..darko played for Košarkaški Klub Hemofarm...who is a pro team and was when he played also..they actually werent that bad and it was proffessional players playing not against a bunch of teenagers..i think rubio will be good..dont think he will be a future superstar thoug"
Once again you are wrong. Hemofarm is a pro team that is usually almost entirely made up of teenagers. Many of their opponents are also made up of almost entirely teenagers.
I am from Europe. Ricky is extremely overrated. once again Americans have no clue about our players. Sorry to say but it is true.
These point guards in Euroleague are all better than him:
These point guards in Euroleague are all debatable with him he can be better or worse then some but in general they are in the same type of class:
Rubio is so overrated it is almost insane thing. He is obvious media creation of ACB and NBA for marketing reason.
hmmm thats funny..check out there roster
date of birth.....75,80,81,74 83,88,89...those are some pretty old teennagers arent they?
look at the age of these rosters who they play against
and the player that start and play the important minutes seem to not be teenagers either...hmmmmm
once again im right...you live over there and dont know these thing...so you should also get youre fact straight buddy
You are a funny guy. Usually they are full of teenagers. Oh look a few guys that are 21 they do not have teenagers.................Your posts are very insulting to European basketball. You really should not post anymore about European basketball because it is really insulting. You don't even seem to understand either that there are youth teams.
Why am I not surprised? You actually think Sofo is a scrub. Your posts are comical.
Thanks for mentioning David Logan and Jason Gardner! Me and David were best friends growing up in Indianapolis. We went to the same middle school and high school, and played ball together. That's my boy lol. We also went to school with Gardner. He was two grades ahead of us, so we got to watch him up close while he was in 8th grade and we were in the 6th grade. We then got to both watch and play ball with him in high school. Gardner was THE MAN back then lol. Two of my favorite guys. It's GREAT to hear that they're doing well! Keep me posted on them if you don't mind man. David is VERY underrated and should be playing in the NBA!!!
every team has some young players but the ones that play are the vets older players...also they have had older players since 2000..i believe darko played 2001-2003..you can check out the roster back then too...youre knowledge(or lack of) is very insulting to european basketball..you definatly shouldnt post..this sis the second time youve been wrong..also didnt say he was a scrub said he wouldnt come to the nba and DOMINATE as you and a couple of other people said..please dont try to put words in my mouth...dont be upset because ive proven you wrong once again...see the difference between us every time??..i provide proof and you jut provide youre wrong opinion
quincey hodges is a joke. Telling everyone he is expert on European basketball without ever having seen it obviously. Just stop it already.
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