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Saw his fourth NBA season interrupted by injury, undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Apr. 13… Appeared in just 22 games, averaging 10.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 8.8 apg and 1.73 spg in 31.5 mpg… Led the Wolves in assists 18 times, finishing with an assist/TO ratio of 3.02-to-1 (193 ast/64 TO)… Shot 35.6% from the field, 25.5% (13-for-51) from three-point distance and 80.3% from the FT line… Initially suffered a sprained left ankle Nov. 7 at Orlando, after a four-game start in which he produced 10.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg and 11.0 apg, and was sidelined for the ensuing 42 contests… Returned Feb. 2 at Dallas and appeared in 16 of the next 17 games before reinjuring the ankle Mar. 13 at Oklahoma City… Collected 13 points, eight rebounds and 15 assists Mar. 7 vs. Portland, his 17th career game with 8+ pts/8+ reb/8+ ast; only Kevin Garnett (94) has collected more in a Wolves uniform… It was his seventh point/assist double-double of the season (47th career); he also scored the 2000th point of his NBA career in the contest… Registered his fourth career triple-double Mar. 2 vs. the L.A. Clippers; the point (18) and rebound (12) totals were season bests… Logged a season-high 41:35 on Feb. 28 vs. Memphis, part of a 10-game stretch that saw him average 37.1 mpg… Handed out a career-high and franchise-record-tying 17 assists Nov. 1 vs. Chicago.
NBA CAREER NOTES
Re-signed by Minnesota to a four-year contract extension on Oct. 31, 2014… Signed by Minnesota to a two-year contract on June 17, 2011… Selected by Minnesota in the 1st round (5th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft… 2013-14 (Minnesota): Became the 10th player in Wolves history to start all 82 games… Averaged 9.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg and a career-best 8.6 rpg — good for 4th in the NBA and the top single-season figure by a Minnesota player since Terrell Brandon dished 8.9 apg in 1999-2000… Also ranked 2nd in the league in steals (2.32 spg); his 190 total steals broke the franchise record previously held by Tyrone Corbin (175 in 1989-90)… Shot 38.1% from the floor, 33.1% from three-point range and 80.2% from the FT line… Collected 15 point/assist double-doubles (boosting his career total to 40) and notched a pair of triple-doubles: Nov. 10 at the L.A. Lakers (12 pts/10 reb/14 ast) and Mar. 19 at Dallas (22/10/15)… Played a career-high 49:08 in that Dallas contest; the 10 rebounds equaled his season high… Scored 20+ points four times and was Minnesota’s leading scorer on three occasions; he led the Wolves across the board with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists Feb. 5 at Oklahoma City… Tied the club single-game record by dishing 17 assists vs. Indiana on Feb. 19, joining six others (most recently Chauncey Billups vs. Dallas on Mar. 28, 2002)… Swiped a season-high seven steals Feb. 12 vs. Denver, and tallied a career-high 25 points Feb. 8 vs. Portland… The Jan. 21 outing at Utah was the 12th 4×5 (11 pts/5 reb/13 ast/5 stl) night of his career… Dealt his 1000th career assist Dec. 30 vs. Dallas… 2012-13 (Minnesota): Played in 57 games (47 starts)… Made his first appearance Dec. 15 vs. Dallas; he’d been sidelined for the first 20 games while recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL and a torn LCL in his left knee… Averaged 10.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg and 7.3 apg while playing 29.7 mpg; he shot 36.0% from the floor, 29.3% from three-point range and 79.9% from the line… Ranked 2nd in the NBA in steals (2.40 spg), breaking the previous franchise single-season mark (2.17) set by Micheal Williams in 1992-93; he also finished 10th in assists… Tallied a game- and season-high 24 points Apr. 13 vs. Phoenix, his third 20-point/10-assist outing in the season’s final month… Added five rebounds and five steals in that game, making it his sixth career 10+ point/10+ assist/5+ steal effort… Picked off eight steals Apr. 3 at Milwaukee, tying the franchise record shared by Tyrone Corbin and Terrell Brandon; it also matched the NBA’s single-game best for 2012-13 (Kemba Walker, Nov. 10)… The five three-pointers and eight TOs at Milwaukee were both career highs; he sank 16 of his final 36 from beyond the arc (44.4%)… Tallied a gamehigh 23 points Mar. 30 vs. Memphis, the second time he led the Wolves across the board (pts/reb/ast)… Collected his first career triple-double Mar. 12 vs. San Antonio, racking up 21 points, 12 assists and a career-high 13 rebounds… Swiped six steals Mar. 6 vs. Washington, capping a run that saw him grab 43 steals in 10 contests, the most prolific 10-game stretch in the NBA since Ron Artest totaled 44 in 2002 (Jan. 19-Feb.12)… Chipped in five points and 10 assists in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 15… Dished a season-high 14 assists vs. Portland on Feb. 4; he had 10 of the assists in the fourth quarter, matching a franchise record he shares with Stephon Marbury and Pooh Richardson… 2011-12 (Minnesota): Made his NBA debut by playing in 41 games before suffering a torn ACL and a torn LCL in his left knee on Mar. 9 vs. the Lakers; he underwent reconstructive surgery on Mar. 21 and missed the Wolves’ final 25 contests… Earned First Team All-Rookie honors and finished 2nd to Kyrie Irving of Cleveland in voting for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year Award, equaling the best-ever showing by a Wolves player (Stephon Marbury, 1996-97)… Started 31 times, with Minnesota going 18-13; they slipped to 5-20 following the injury… Averaged 10.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 2.22 spg in 34.2 mpg, while leading all rookies (and ranking 6th in the NBA) in assists with 8.2 apg… It’s the Wolves’ highest per-game average since Terrell Brandon handed out 8.9 apg in 1999-2000; Marbury, Micheal Williams and Pooh Richardson are the only other Wolves players to average 8+ apg in a season… Shot 35.7% from the field, 34.0% (32-for-94) from three-point range and 80.3% (good for 3rd among rookies) from the FT line… Contributed 15 points and 10 assists in his final appearance (Mar. 9 vs. the Lakers), his 12th double-double on the year; that’s the most by a Wolves player since Sam Cassell totaled 18 in 2003-04… Tied a franchise record by handing out 10 assists in the 1st quarter at Portland on Mar. 3… Netted 12 points and seven assists in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 25, as part of All-Star Weekend in Orlando… Scored 14 of his season-high 22 points in the 1st quarter vs. Philadelphia on Feb. 19… Matched his season best with 14 assists Feb. 7 vs. Sacramento (also Jan. 8 at Washington), and swiped a season-high six steals twice (Jan. 18 vs. Detroit, Feb. 3 at New Jersey); he registered 3+ steals in a game 18 times… Led the Wolves in rebounds (a season-high eight) Jan. 30 at Houston, while scoring 18 points… Named January’s Western Conference Rookie of the Month… Played 40+ minutes on five occasions, with a high of 46:27 in the Jan. 25 victory at Dallas.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER NOTES
2010-11: Averaged 4.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 42 games during his second season with Barcelona… Earned his first Spanish ACB League Championship following an 8-0 run through the playoffs… Handed out at least five assists on 15 occasions… Tallied a season-best 15 points to go with eight assists against Caja Laboral on 11/20… Averaged 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 20 Euroleague games… Also led his Barcelona team to victories in the Catalan Cup, Spanish Supercup and Spanish King’s Cup tournaments… 2009-10: Averaged 6.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 42 games during his first season with Barcelona… Improved those averages to 6.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 22 contests during Barcelona’s run to the Euroleague title… Also contributed to Barcelona’s victories in the Catalan Cup, Spanish Supercup and Spanish King’s Cup tournaments… Earned MVP honors at the Catalan Cup Tournament… Following the season, honored as the league’s top point guard and named to the All-Spanish ACB League Team… Also named the Euroleague Rising Star for 2010… Posted two games with 10+ assists and 18 games with at least five dimes… Scored in double figures nine times, including a season-best 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting (3-of-4 from three) in a win over Real Madrid on 12/27… 2008-09: Averaged 9.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists in 25 games for DKV Joventut… Led the ACB League with 2.2 steals per game… Scored in double figures in 12 games and handed out 10+ assists five times (two double-doubles)… Appeared in five games during the Euroleague season, averaging 2.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game… Catalan Cup Tournament champion… Named Spanish ACB League Defensive Player of the Year… Also named the FIBA European Young Player of the Year for a third consecutive season… 2007-08: Averaged 10.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals over 39 games in his most decorated season as a pro… Led his team to wins in the 2007 Catalan Cup Tournament, the 2008 Spanish King’s Cup and the 2008 EuroCup… Named the 2008 FIBA Young Player of the Year as well as the 2008 European Player of the Year… Also honored as the ACB League’s top point guard and named to the All-Spanish ACB League Team… Scored in double figures in 20 games, including a season-high 25 points on 6-of-9 shooting (12-of-12 FTs) in a win over Akasvayu Girona on 11/25… 2006-07: Averaged 4.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 43 games… Led the ACB league in steals, averaging 1.9 thefts per game… Saw his first action in Euroleague, appearing in 16 games and averaging 3.6 points, 2,4 rebounds and 2.8 assists… Following the season, honored with the 2007 Spanish ACB League Rising Star Award as well as the FIBA European Young Player of the Year Award, given annually to the best player in Europe under the age of 22… 2005-06: Made his Spanish ACB League debut on 10/15 at the age of 14, becoming the youngest player ever to compete in Spain’s top professional league… Averaged 2.6 points, 1.1 rebounds 0.7 assists in 14 games during his rookie season… Helped his team to victories in the 2005 Catalan Cup Tournament and the 2006 EuroChallenge Tournament.
Began his international career on Spain’s Under-16 team in 2005, winning a bronze medal at the 2005 FIBA Europe U16 Championships… Competed at the 2014 FIBA World Cup… Averaged 5.4 points, 5.1 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 3.6 steals in 20.9 minutes per contest… Competed at the 2013 EuroBasket Championship… Named MVP of the 2006 FIBA Europe U16 Championships after leading Spain to the gold medal… Averaged 22.3 points, 12.8 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 6.5 steals per game during the tournament, including two triple-doubles and a quadruple-double (posted 51 points, 24 rebounds, 12 assists and 7 steals in the championship game against Russia)… Named to the Spanish team for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where at age 17 he became the youngest ever to participate in the gold-medal game… A member of Spain’s gold-medal-winning entry at the 2009 FIBA European Championships.
Born on Oct. 21, 1990… His parents are Esteban and Tona Rubio… Has an older brother, Marc, who also plays professional basketball in Spain’s second division, and a younger sister, Laia… Lists Steve Nash as his favorite NBA player… Twitter handle: @RickyRubio9.
Shoe size: 12
Describe any pregame rituals: I used to eat pasta before every game but I no longer eat pasta.
What are your hobbies?: Playing chess, doing puzzles, reading and watching movies.
Name one thing fans would be shocked to know about you?: I can’t dance.
An athlete you’d pay to watch: Steve Nash
If you could meet one person throughout history who would it be?: Albert Einstein.
Favorite fashion accessory? Best dressed teammate?: A hat. Of course I am!
Favorite emoji?: Laughing/crying emoji.