Yet another anticlimactic accolade has been bestowed upon Ricky Rubio for the 2009-10 season, as Spain’s ACB League yesterday officially crowned The Human YouTube Clip/defending back-to-back FIBA Europe Young Player of the Year as Point Guard of the Year. It’s the second such nod for Rubio, who also received the award for the 2007-08 season when with DKV Joventut.
Rubio swept all four groups participating in the voting, finishing first among players, coaches, fans and media and receiving double the point total of no. 2 Sergio Llull. Finishing third was Pablo Prigioni, Llull’s teammate at Real Madrid, while fourth was Valencia’s Nando de Colo.
Rubio is currently second-high in scoring for FC Barcelona, behind only Juan Carlos Navarro, and leads his team in starts with 31 in 33 ACB games this season. Naturally, he’s also tops on the team in assists (4.33 per game) and steals (2.03), putting him at fifth and third in the Spanish league in the statistical categories. The 19-year-old’s top game this season was registered against Joventut, when he went for six points, 10 assists, four rebounds, and five steals.
And perhaps most importantly, the official FIBA writeup points out that “Rubio, in his first season with Regal Barcelona, has won the Supercopa, the Copa del Rey and the Euroleague.”
Rubio is the first player to be named to the ACB’s “Quinteto Ideal” for 2009-10. (What’s that? Is there a YouTube clip coming? You bet: Please click below the break for Rubio’s top five plays in ACB play this season.