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I had a buddy email me asking my thoughts on the Rubio situation and "if it bothers me that Thibs hates him".  I figured I might as well paste my response/extended tRicky Rubio thoughts on here, since this board is more dead than Target Center on a November Monday.

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tRicky has not been good this year.  But I think Thibs is torn on him.  He can't shoot (aside from the clutch 3 he somehow made in the very improbable win at Charlotte on Saturday), and teams stack the half court because of it.  BUT, tRicky plays the game like a "Thibs player" would. Hardnosed. Deny defense on the other teams PG 30 mpg. Ball movement. Smarts. Hustle. Which Bytheway Wiggins and Towns don't. Not consistently.  IMO Lavine actually is doing "the little things" more than those 2 (which I never thought I'd say). So I think Thibs is torn.
 
That being said if Dunn keeps having games like he did last night tRicky's days could be numbered. The Thibs offense also hurts tRicky severely, in that he runs a lot of half court stuff with Lavine or Wiggins handling the ball/pick & rolls, rendering an off the ball tRicky completely worthless.
 
But if tRicky never improves his shot at all it's tough to see him as a starting PG on a good playoff caliber team right now. I hate to say it. Cuz he's not as athletic as a Rondo, so he can't make up for his horrid shooting by getting to the rim or really doing anything in this half court other than set the offense up and toss some sweet dimes to a cutter once a quarter.


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There is a lot of Cultural Marxism when it comes to Rubio. Like holding anything other than extreme left political views, you are vilified if you question Rubio as anything but the second coming of Magic Johnson. Frankly I have always found the overprotective shield around Rubio to be very bizarre. Rubio is a decent player. He was once really fun, but lost the spark long ago. He peaked his rookie year, which was a total joy up until the injury, but he quietly has not been the same since. That was 5 years ago. He is not Westbrook or Curry. The only untouchable on this team should be Towns and maybe LaVine.

Why are Wolves fans so protective of him? Honest question. I don't get it. Is it because people outside of MN think he isn't that spectacular (an accurate assessment)? I think it's very strange.

Reality: Rubio is awesome and gritty. I like him a lot and so do you. But think even of a guy with a more all-around game like George Hill instead. It might actually be, um, better. You can know this and love Rubio at the same time.

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-- Edited by WallyWorld on Friday 9th of December 2016 03:37:43 PM

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He has had maybe one good game. What kind of player NEVER develops after half a decade in the league? A player committed to complacency, that is who. Whatever, if the Wolves ever become good enough for it to matter, I'll worry. But I quit watching last month. I have better shyt to do. There are plenty of fun teams to watch, I don't waste time with the Wolves.

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I just looked at his numbers and basically every one of them is a career low. Points, assists, boards, steals. But his minutes are about right at his career average. His 3 Pt% and FT% are all time lows too. This sucks all around. tRicky's J looks at broke as it ever has. At some point I have to put that on him and agree with what The Daddy and WallyWorld said up above. Sucks, but it seems to be true.

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What came first the chicken or the egg?

"Ricky Rubio’s assist rate has dropped from 41.4 percent to 29.3 percent, a career low. His usage rate, BPM and 3P% also are career lows.
– via Twitter AdiJoseph "

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I agree with you guys: Although I really like the hardnoseness of Ricky and think that he contributes heavily where the rest of the teams sucks in a way, that hurts the team..
This said: I don't see Ricky as Starting PG anymore. But he make sense as a specialist, who gets a 2nd unit going against weaker opponents - setting a defensive tone to the reserves.

I.E. I still like him as Bench player.

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