Ricky Rubio

A popular basketball player since age 14 in his native Spain, he was drafted by the Timberwolves in 2009 and made his debut with the team two seasons later. The spunky, long-haired point guard tore his ACL in March of his first year in the NBA, yet still finished second in Rookie of the Year voting.

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El Masnou, Catalonia, Spain




Minnesota Timberwolves


Point guard




6 ft. 4 in.


194 lb.


$3.48 million in 2012-13


NBA All-Rookie First Team (2012), NBA Rising Star (2012), FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship MVP (2006), FIBA European Young Player of the Year (2007, 2008, 2009), Mr. Europa (2008)

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Rubio hopes to come back stronger than last time

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 4 2015 - 6:10 AM

The first time Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio returned after missing months because of a serious injury, he did so with a triumphant 18-minute, 8-point, 9-assist performance at Target Center fueled...

Wolves stay close but fall to Dallas in Rubio's return from injury

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 3 2015 - 7:28 AM

DALLAS – In some respects, nothing changed Monday night with the Timberwolves’ 100-94 loss at Dallas, the eighth defeat in their past nine games.In other ways, everything changed.Ricky...

Rubio on crutches after ankle injury in Wolves' OT loss

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 8 2014 - 7:35 AM

ORLANDO – Say what you will about the theory that Target Center is built on an ancient Indian burial ground or that hex supposedly leveled by a disgruntled former employee named Joey Two Step,...

Rubio agrees to four-year, $55 million extension with Wolves

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 1 2014 - 2:19 PM

Point guard Ricky Rubio will lead the Timberwolves into their recently revised future, after he and the team reached agreement Friday evening on a four-year contract extension that will guarantee him...

Making a point: Saunders needs Rubio to share his vision for Wolves

ARTICLE Updated: Oct 29 2014 - 2:05 AM

His efforts rejected the first time he accepted the Timberwolves coaching job, Flip Saunders is back again two decades later. This time it’s with an open heart and open mind, yet he promises...

Rubio reveals a fab new floater

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 24 2014 - 1:04 AM

Yes, that was a floater from the lane with which you might have seen Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio score during Wednesday’s tumultuous overtime victory at Dallas.Wolves coach Rick...

Wolves' coach Adelman wants to play more of Barea with Rubio

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 14 2014 - 11:38 AM

Wolves coach Rick Adelman liked what he saw with Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea on the floor together Tuesday against Milwaukee. As a result, you might see more of it going forward.It is one of the...

Rubio's shot is still an adventure

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 19 2014 - 5:33 AM

Ricky Rubio had just finished one of his best games this season, an 11-point, 12-assist, seven-steal effort in the final game before the All-Star break. Even those statistics did not capture the...

Rubio, Love are throwbacks with ambitious plans for Wolves

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 14 2014 - 10:53 PM

This story ran prior to the Wolves' 2013-14 season opener in OctoberThe Timberwolves spent $120 million last summer to add pieces around charismatic stars Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio in a league in...

Rubio finds his comfort level against Jazz

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 23 2014 - 5:34 AM

SAN FRANCISCO – If only for a night, Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio found both himself and a new friend during Tuesday’s victory at Utah.Footage of Rubio and an adorable little girl...

Hartman: Saunders says be patient with Rubio

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 12 2014 - 10:46 PM

With Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio recently getting some criticism about his play, Wolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders has come to his defense.Rubio has had a frustrating...

Souhan: Add Rubio to the list of Wolves draft mistakes

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 10 2014 - 11:42 PM

The Timberwolves canceled their practice Thursday, allowing them to avoid answering questions such as ‘‘Why do you hate each other?’’ ‘‘Why do you misplace your...

Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea draw a media horde in Mexico City

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 4 2013 - 6:22 AM

MEXICO CITY – The Timberwolves’ Spanish-speaking backcourt duo of Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea drew a crowd after Tuesday’s practice, so much so that Wolves coach Rick Adelman worried...

Ricky Rubio leads NBA's night of career bests

VIDEO Updated: Nov 16 2013 - 6:48 AM

Rand: ESPN ad has fun with Love and Rubio

VIDEO Updated: Nov 15 2013 - 11:59 AM

Tuesday (Wolves projected to win 52 games) edition: Wha' Happened?

BLOG POST Updated: Oct 29 2013 - 9:58 AM

We had an amusing series of back-and-forth voicemails and finally a phone conversation with Rocket the other day. The disagreement was about sports, which is bound to happen when you have known...

Wolves lose again as Rubio's shooting woes continue

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 11 2013 - 9:00 AM

LOS ANGELES – Believe it or not, it’s not always easy being Ricky Rubio.At least it hasn’t been these last three games, even with all that hair, all that charm and all that game.He...

Wolves fall just short; Lakers win 22nd straight over Minnesota

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 28 2013 - 2:04 PM

The Timberwolves still haven’t beaten the Los Angeles Lakers since Kevin Garnett wore their uniform.And all they’ll remember about this 22nd consecutive loss — 120-117 at Target...

Thursday (Microcosm of Wolves/Wild seasons) edition: Wha' Happened?

BLOG POST Updated: Mar 28 2013 - 9:45 AM

As it seems like they have done many times lately, the Wild and Wolves played on the same night Wednesday. For a viewer, this can be a tricky proposition. For a comparative lesson, however, it...

Kirilenko's key blocks save Wolves' victory

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 18 2013 - 12:53 AM

For the first time in a month, both center Nikola Pekovic and forward Andrei Kirilenko were healthy enough to be back in the Timberwolves lineup Sunday against New Orleans at Target Center.And, for...

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