Aside all the hype that Rubio is receiving in the press, I see him very much resembling Jason Williams. Again, I'm referring to skill-wise and they way the play the game instead of media attention.
Both guys are:
-Very skilled, crafty ball-handlers and as a consequence are rather turnover-prone.
- Have quick first-steps but are not the most athletic guards on the floor.
- Play the game with a flair and have good basketball IQ.
Williams had a slightly better jumpshot out of college, but had to further develop it in his early years. Rubio also has to develop a consistent jumpshot with NBA range. Williams was also slightly quicker, but Rubio has 2 or 3 inches height advantage.
Williams = 6"1 , 190 lbs
Rubio = 6"3 , 190 lbs
Ironically, Sacramento drafted Williams with the 7th pick in the 1998 draft. This board has Sacramento drafting Rubio at #4. Williams also spent five years in Memphis, and Rubio can easily go #2 (to Memphis) as well.
i like that comparision i don think rubio will be the next nash/kidd but he should be a great passer and ballhandler and be a decent scorer.
I remember Jason William's rookie season on the Kings... He used to be one of the most exciting players in the league.
RUBIO PLAYS JUST LIKE JASON WILLIAMS
I dont really like the comparison. They both are flashy but Rubio is way more more fundamentally sound
Also Williams was more of a scorer. Rubio is a distributor
I agree with you that Williams came in as a better scorer (shooter), but he was also a great distributor. Watch that youtube video... he was a great passer and he always looked to pass before he shot. He had Chris Webber, Divac and Stoyacavic on the team.
Williams was very strong fundamentally as well, but his flashiness caused a lot of turnovers. Same goes for Rubio. Supposedly Rubio would average 5 turnovers if he played 40 minutes.
I think the irony is that SACRAMENTO will draft Rubio and SACRAMENTO also drafted Williams.
WOW I forgot how sick Jason was.