Banter: Is Rubio Ready for NBA?

By Gus Bode

Ricky Rubio, selected fifth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2009 NBA Draft, recently signed a six-year deal with Barcelona. The deal includes a buyout that allows Rubio to come to the NBA after two seasons. Rubio said he signed with Barcelona because he didn’t feel he was ready to enter the NBA. What do you think?

It was a tough choice. Either go to the frozen plains of Minnesota or play in the gorgeous city of Barcelona. No matter where he went, he was going to make an incredible amount of money.’ And besides, he probably needs another year or two of seasoning before entering the NBA. I’m with Rubio 100 percent on this.

-Ryan Voyles


I don’t think Rubio was too enthusiastic about the prospect of playing in Minnesota. Rubio says his main goal is to get to the NBA and play there, but if you have the option to go there ‘- and Minnesota has a starter spot open for him – why not do that? My theory is that Rubio wants to see where the ‘Wolves are a couple of years from now and join that team. But with the history of the ‘Wolves, will they really be any better two years from now?

-Derek Robbins

From what I understand, he did really well in Spain. Does he have the talent? I’m not too sure yet. Maybe in a couple of years, but a lot of the youngsters from Europe take time to mature into NBA-caliber players. Besides, it’s not like he was too excited about going to Minnesota.

-Ryan Simonin