Flip Saunders: Scoring is the next step for Ricky Rubio

Apr 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (9) controls the ball against the Phoenix Suns in the fourth quarter at the Target Center. Timberwolves won 105-93. Mandatory Credit: Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since Ricky Rubio joined the Minnesota Timberwolves he has been a fan-favorite. The always humble and seemingly approachable Spaniard has been one of the main attractions of the Wolves franchise in the last couple of years, but he has to make a lot of progress.

Everyone knows how good of a playmaker Rubio is. He is crafty enough to get to the rim and impose a threat close to the basket, an ability which has helped him set up his teammates over and over again. The Timberwolves GM, Flip Saunders, believes that the next step for Rubio is to score the basketball.

“That’s his next step in the evolution of the point guard position,” recently hired Timberwolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders told KFAN 100.3. “Being a bigger scoring threat, being able to knock down shots, which will make the game much more easier for him.”

(via FOX Sports)

Last season Rubio averaged 10.3 points and 7.7 assists per game, but shot just 36% from the field. The main point of emphasis for Rubio should certainly be to improve a relatively shaky jumper.

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