Ricky is the king after the All Star: 11.8 assists, +8.3 on track ...

The Minnesota press celebrates the maturity of the Spaniard, whose numbers since the All Star stop put him among the best in the league.




The Star Tribune, the leading newspaper in Minneapolis, looks over twelve months ago and reflects on how mature the current Ricky Rubio is (26, although he has been in professional basketball since 2005). Twelve months: The Wolves chained last spring their eleventh straight season with losing balance (no one takes more time without playing playoffs), the fifth with Ricky at the controls. Then the mother of the base died, who saw Tom Thibodeau arrive and drafteaba to Kris Dunn with the little concealed idea to find the new great base of the franchise. The Games did not dispel doubts either in its surroundings or in its head, the beginning of season was very bad in the individual and in the collective thing and the Wolves tried actively and publicly to transfer to Ricky before the closing of the market. In fact, he would now be a Knicks player if the Big Apple had not tangled up at the last minute.

From that situation, apparently critical in a race that seems eternal but that should have its best years still ahead, has emerged the best Ricky Rubio ever. The extent to which that has merit is what now reads the Minnesota press, which assumes that the Spaniard is playing better without injured Zach LaVine, and that if both alternate roles on track the team would have guards for a while with Dunn growing from the bench And as a first defensive weapon and Tyus Jones maturing at a slow pace but now promising. That is: the current Ricky does enter into the team's future plans, at least for journalists and fans. Now it is in the project that should be launched by Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. One that adds eight wins in twelve games, 6-3 since the All Star Weekend break. And who is (28-38) in the tenth place of the West, to two and a half games of Nuggets that do not lower the piston and one of a terribly irregular Blazers. 38 defeats in 66 games: the Wolves can even dream of (that's difficult) that 50% of victories that have not smelled since the 2004-05 season. One before (2004) they played playoffs for the last time (record of open absence: this would be the thirteenth season followed).

Since the break of the All Star (17-19 February) Ricky Rubio averaged 14.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 11.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game with a +8.3 points advantage for his team in The minutes he goes on court (34 per night). In this section he is leader in assists of the NBA:

1-Ricky Rubio: 11.8

2-John Wall: 11.3

3-Russell Westbrook: 11.1

4-James Harden: 10.9

5-LeBron James: 9.4

6-Elfrid Payton: 8.2

7. Chris Paul: 7.7

Ricky has simply improved on what was already really good (direction, pass) and has put his shooting percentage above 45% with a 39% on the (few) three-pointers he throws. That +8.3 gives the clue to his current influence on the team's game. From the above list, only the omnipresent and all-powerful LeBron improves it: +8.6. And James Harden, the main contender for the MVP, equals it (8.3 also). Wall is +1.4, Westbrook at +5.9 and Chris Paul, for example, at +2.4.

That statistical line of Ricky can be compared to the rest of the best bases (and LeBron, which is not a base but also a base) in that post All Star:

-John Wall: 24.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 11.3 assists and 1.4 steals

-Russell Westbrook: 36.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 11.1 assists and 1.9 steals

-James Harden: 28 points, 5.6 rebounds, 10.9 assists and 1.8 steals

-LeBron James: 26.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 0.6 steals

-Chris Paul: 19.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.5 steals

And the Wolves, after the weekend of the stars, add up to six victories against rivals like Warriors, Clippers, Wizards and some Jazz that they defeated by 27 points. Before the Spurs they lost in extra time. And Ricky is, or seems, finally unquestionable in the Wolves. For the first time in a long time and just after having had more than one foot in New York.

Among the best bases of the season

And throughout the 2016-17 season? After his bad start, Ricky is already fifth in assists per game: 8.9. Ahead James Harden (11.2), John Wall (10.7), Russell Westbrook (10.1) and Chris Paul (9.3). At his height (8.9), LeBron James and just behind Jeff Teague (7.9), Jrue Holiday (7.4) and Draymond Green (7.1). In assists for 48 minutes, Ricky is also among the top five: James Harden 14.8, Chris Paul 14.2, Russell Westbrook 14.1, John Wall 14 And Ricky 13.2.

Finally, the Spanish also shines in an essential data for the bases: the ratio between assists and losses (the number of assists distributed for each ball loss). Andre Iguodala leads this ranking (4.43) but if we return to the main distributors of the competition (the top 10 of attendances), so is a figure in which Ricky only surpasses Chris Paul, who is one of the Best of history in this section:

1-Chris Paul (3,8)

2-Ricky Rubio (3.5)

3-Draymond Green (3)

4-Jeff Teague (2.77)

5-John Wall (2.54)

6-Kyle Lowry (2.44)

7-Jrue Holiday (2.24)

8-LeBron James (2.11)

9-James Harden (1,95)

10-Russell Westbrook (1.90)

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