Not that I care much about team USA aside from Kevin Love’s development, the face of team Spain is the Wolves one and only savior, Sir Ricky Rubio. And last night just proved that Rubio could very well hop the pond and improve this team tenfold in 2011.
Facing some of the NBA’s finest in Chauncey Billups, Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose, Rubio put up an impressive line of seven points on three of four shooting, five rebounds, five assists and four steals. Not bad considering he came off the bench and played only 18 minutes.
If Rubio continues his impressive outings through next season, it should give the Wolves the green light to pursue him in coming on over next season. The kid really just sparkles on Spain’s national team — off the bench! He’s a spark plug for an already electric offense. After just one more season in Barcelona, Rubio will have nothing left to prove in Europe and will have to step to the NBA if he desires to establish himself as one of the world’s best. Lucky us.