One of the most impressive things about Ricky is his patience. His Euroleague and international experience shine through, he’s no average rook. He’ll try to run the ball, but when so many others would keep going, he knows when to pull back. And that separates him from lesser point guards.
There’s no way to quantify the effect a player’s body language has on their team-mates, but when Ricky recognises the situation and brings the ball back near half-court, a few good things happen to the Minnesota Timberwolves:
- The team slows down. They realise, now it’s time to relax, get in our sets and run our offence
- He instills confidence. Rubio looks so relaxed, holding the ball 30 feet from the hoop, ready to pry until the defence comes unstuck. His team-mates know that their opponent will break down somewhere and they have a good chance at a basket