Posted on June 17, 2011 at 7:14 AM
Rubio announced Wednesday morning that he will leave Barcelona and play for the Timberwolves next season, the Timberwolves' official site reports.
ROTOWIRE FANTASY ANALYSIS
Rubio and the Timberwolves have a press conference scheduled for Tuesday to celebrate the talented young point guard's move from Europe to the NBA. Though it's sometimes hard to translate production in European leagues to projected production in the NBA, it's worth noting that Rubio is coming to the NBA with a lot of question marks in his game. Through 54 professional games in 2010-11, Rubio shot under 33 percent from the field (including under 25 percent from beyond the arc). In 20 games with Regal Barcelona, he averaged just 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 23 minutes. One bright spot in his stat line is the 1.7 steals he averaged in those limited minutes. Rubio will be 21-years-old entering next season. He's a candidate to hit the rookie wall and hit it hard at some point. Though he's been playing professionally since the 2005-06 season, Rubio has never averaged more than 23 minutes per game over the course of a season. Premier players in the NBA consistently play anywhere from 30-40 minutes per night, and the season is much longer than European league seasons.