Ricard Rubio is a Spanish basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. He became one of the youngest players ever to play in the Spanish ACB League on October 15, 2005, at the age of 14 years old. He made his Euro League entrance on October 24, 2006, at the age of 16, and become the first player born in the 1990s to play in a Euro League tournament.
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He is the fifth-youngest player to make their entrance in the Euro League, since the year 2000. On 25 of June 2009, he was enlisted with the fifth pick in the first round of the 2009 NBA draft by the Timberwolves, making him the first player born in the 1990s to be enlisted by the NBA. The Timberwolves had an agreement in belief with his former Spanish team, DKV Joventut, to buy out his contract, but Rubio backed out of the deal. On 31 August 2009, Joventut traded the rights to Rubio to FC Barcelona, and Rubio signed a six-year contract with FC Barcelona the following day. At the beginning of 2011, Rubio has joined the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he spent six seasons in Minnesota before being traded to the Jazz in June 2017.
Rubio playing in Spain
Rubio regarded by some as the best European guard prospect ever.
Rubio entranced in the Spanish ACB League in the 2005–06 season with DKV Joventut. Rubio was the youngest player ever to enter the ACB, at the age of 14 years and 11 months. He has won the FIBA Euro Challenge championship with Joventut that year. He directed the Spanish ACB League in steals during the 2006–07. He has won the Spanish ACB League’s Rising Star Award this season. He was also named the FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year in 2007, 2008, and 2009. He made his Euro League entrance on October 24, 2006, versus Panathinaikos of Athens as Joventut’s backup point guard for Elmer Bennett. He became the fifth-youngest Euro League player at the time. Rubio averaged 2.8 assists per game in his first season of Euro League play. He won the Euro Cup championship with Joventut in 2008. He was also designated as the Spanish ACB League’s best point guard in 2008 and 2010. He has won the 2009–10 Euro League with FC Barcelona.
Despite his notability, he was carefully shielded. DKV Joventut and Rubio’s parents agreed not to make him available for interviews until his 18th birthday on October 21, 2008. However, the restrictions were ended a few months early once he was selected for the Spanish national team that would play at the 2008 Olympics.
Rubio won the 2008 Mr. Europa Award, which was given out yearly by the Italian Super basket Magazine. In 2009, his club Badalona raised the amount of money his contract paid per year from 80,000 euros net income to 300,000 euros net income. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year for the Spanish ACB League 2008–09 season, and he also led the league in steals that season. Rubio professed himself qualified for the 2009 NBA draft on 20 of April 2009. Rubio’s agent during that time was Dan Fegan. After the 2009 NBA draft, Rubio played for the Regal FC Barcelona for the next two seasons as agreed upon with the Minnesota Timberwolves. During that time, he helped the team win the Euro League Championship in 2010 and the Liga ACB Championship in 2011.
In Phoenix Suns 2019
On July 8, 2019, Rubio signed with the Phoenix Suns for three-years, $51 million.
In Under-16 national team Spanish
In 2006, Rubio led the growing junior Spanish national team to the FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship. During the tournament, Rubio achieved two triple-doubles and a quadruple-double. In the 106–110 double-overtime finale victory over Russia, Rubio scored 51 points, the first player to do so in FIBA junior tournaments since Luol Deng, grabbed 24 rebounds, made 12 contributions, and garment the ball 7 times. He similarly forced the first overtime with a three-point, buzzer-beating shot from mid-court. Rubio was then named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after leading it in points, rebounds, assists, and steals.
In Senior national team
The young Spaniard was selected to take part in the Spanish National Team which participated at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The team current and former NBA players such as Pau Gasol, José Calderón, Rudy Fernández, Marc Gasol, Raúl López, Jorge Garbajosa, and Juan Carlos Navarro, among others were calm.
He played in the 2008 Olympics Basketball Tournament’s gold medal game against the USA’s “Redeem Team”, and thus at 17 became the youngest basketball player to ever play in an Olympic basketball final. Rubio public the Spanish national team’s silver medal after his team hurt a 118–107 loss. The next year, he was selected to play for the Spanish team at the Euro Basket 2009 in Poland, where Spain won the gold medal by defeating Serbia 85–63.
Record of Medals
In the 2005 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, he won Bronze.
In 2006 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship he won Gold
In Spanish senior national team
2008 Summer Olympics: Silver
EuroBasket 2009: Gold
EuroBasket 2011: Gold
EuroBasket 2013: Bronze
2016 Summer Olympics: Bronze
EuroBasket 2017: Bronze
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