Ricky Rubio has finally made his long-awaited debut after sitting out for almost nine months because of a torn ACL. The Spanish point guard is sure to have an immediate impact for the Timberwolves.
Few could have predicted what kind of success Rubio would have in the NBA. He was selected with the fifth overall pick back in 2009 and then spent another season plying his trade in Spain, before finally getting the call up last year.
Rubio was a revelation in the league, averaging 10.6 points, 8.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 34.2 minutes per game. He forged an immediate connection with the likes of Kevin Love and Nikola Pekovic and Minnesota quickly became one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the league, mainly because of Rubio’s play.
So you can see how devastated Timberwolves fans were when Rubio tore up his knee and had to sit out the rest of the season and the beginning of this season.
Fortunately for Rubio, fans and the organization, he’s finally made his return, though the team is still being extremely careful with how many minutes they’re giving him. Rubio is coming off the bench for now, playing 15-18 minutes per game and will sit out all back-to-backs for the foreseeable future.
Even with the limited playing time, Rubio has done his thing. In his first game action in over nine months, he had eight points, nine assists and four boards in just 18 minutes. Who knows what kind of numbers he’ll be putting up when he’s playing his normal allotment of minutes again?
The Timberwolves are already one of the surprise teams in the NBA this season, and that should be even more true now with their starting point guard back in the mix.