Ricky Rubio Celebrity Life
From being the first player to be born in the 1990s to be selected for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the year 2009 to losing his mother due to cancer and finally starting the Ricky Rubio foundation for people suffering from lung cancer, Ricky Rubio has come a long way.
He started his career at the Spanish ACB league in the 2005-06 season with DKV Joventut. He was the youngest player during that time at the age of 14 years and 11 months. When he won the FIBA Eurochallenge championship with DKV that year itself, he proved that he had something special in him.
The media was growing crazy for getting a byte from the young sensation but his parents and DKV Joventut decided not to allow him any kind of interviews, till he turned 18. In the year 2008, Ricky Rubio won the Mr. Europa award and in the following year, his contract money was raised from 80,000 euros to 3,00,000 euros.
The NBA Debut
On June 17, 2011, Rubio declared that he had joined the Minnesota Timberwolves at a press conference. He went on the become the 10th Spanish NBA player when he made his debut on December 26, 2011, against Oklahoma City Thunder.
Despite his 6 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in the 26 minutes of game time, the Timberwolves lost the game narrowly by 4 points. From there he never looked back as he scored 22 points in a win against the much-fancied Philadelphia 76ers on February 19, 2012.
However, immediately after that, he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and his lateral collateral ligament while he was busy defending Kobe Bryant. As a result, he was forced to miss the remaining season. However, in that limited period, he played 41 games in which his minutes on the court clocked 1403 and he earned 436 points which include a free throw percentage of 80.3. He has 336 assists to his name and 131 turnovers.
He stayed with the Minnesota Timberwolves till the 2016 season and in those years, he scored his personal best of 836 points in the 2016 season.
Come 2017 and he was spotted plying his trade for the Utah Jazz in an exchange for 2018 first-round draft pick. His game had improved considerably and on February 13, 2018, he had scored a new season-high with 34 points against the San Antonio Spurs.
During his stay with the Utah Jazz, he played a total of 145 games and had scored 1,872 points with 826 assists. His 3-point field goal percentage was 33.15 for both seasons combined. However, there was a significant increase in his personal fouls (206) in the year 2017. His Free goals made tally stood at 643 for both the seasons combined.
Rubio Gets Bigger
2019 proved to be a decisive year for Rubio as he was signed by the Phoenix Suns for a $51 million contract for three years. Just before Christmas, on December 16t Rubio succeeded in scoring his first triple-double with the Phoenix suns with 10 points, 14 assists, and 11 rebounds.
However, his performance could not take his team across the finishing line as the Suns were defeated by Portland Trailblazers by 111-110. He is currently playing for the suns and so far, has turned up in 37 games where he has started in all of them.
This shows that he is their first-choice player. He has scored 492 points with a field goal percentage of 41.1 and has 44 three-point field goals. Currently, he has 340 assists against his name with 99 turnovers. The free throw percentage currently stands at 82.5% and he has made 94 free throws.
The number of personal fouls had come down to 92 which is a significant drop when you compare it to the number of personal fouls that he made with Utah (180).
The Journey Continues
It has been 8 years since he first made his debut in NBA. However, the 29-year-old player is still on the hunt to become the best version of himself. The foundation that he created in the memory of his mother has certain noteworthy projects such as the Luca Project that would wind up on 23rd January 2020.
Also, he had started the Ricky Rubio’s Foundation court which raised 90,000 pounds. It is his way of giving something back to the community and ensuring that the memories of his mother live on – forever.
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