2011-12 SEASON: Made his NBA debut by playing in 41 games before suffering a torn ACL and a torn LCL in his left knee on Mar. 9 vs. the Lakers; he underwent reconstructive surgery on Mar. 21 and missed the Wolves' final 25 contests… Earned First Team All-Rookie honors and finished 2nd to Kyrie Irving of Cleveland in voting for the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award, equaling the best-ever showing by a Wolves player (Stephon Marbury, 1996-97)… Started 31 times, with Minnesota going 18-13; they slipped to 5-20 following the injury… Averaged 10.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 2.22 spg in 34.2 mpg, while leading all rookies (and ranking 6th in the NBA) in assists with 8.2 apg… It's the Wolves' highest per-game average since Terrell Brandon handed out 8.9 apg in 1999-2000; Marbury, Micheal Williams and Pooh Richardson are the only other Wolves players to average 8+ apg in a season… Shot 35.7% from the field, 34.0% (32-for-94) from three-point range and 80.3% (good for 3rd among rookies) from the FT line… Contributed 15 points and 10 assists in his final appearance (Mar. 9 vs. the Lakers), his 12th double-double on the year; that's the most by a Wolves player since Sam Cassell totaled 18 in 2003-04… Tied a franchise record by handing out 10 assists in the 1st quarter at Portland on Mar. 3… Netted 12 points and seven assists in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 25, as part of All-Star Weekend in Orlando… Scored 14 of his season-high 22 points in the 1st quarter vs. Philadelphia on Feb. 19… Matched his season best with 14 assists Feb. 7 vs. Sacramento (also Jan. 8 at Washington), and swiped a season-high six steals twice (Jan. 18 vs. Detroit, Feb. 3 at New Jersey); he registered 3+ steals in a game 18 times… Led the Wolves in rebounds (a season-high eight) Jan. 30 at Houston, while scoring 18 points… Named January's Western Conference Rookie of the Month… Played 40+ minutes on five occasions, with a high of 46:27 in the Jan. 25 victory at Dallas.
2010-11 SEASON: Averaged 4.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 42 games during his second season with Barcelona... Earned his first Spanish ACB League Championship following an 8-0 run through the playoffs... Handed out at least five assists on 15 occasions... Tallied a season-best 15 points to go with eight assists against Caja Laboral on 11/20... Averaged 6.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 20 Euroleague games... Also led his Barcelona team to victories in the Catalan Cup, Spanish Supercup and Spanish King's Cup tournaments.
CAREER NOTES: Selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 5th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft... Signed a multi-year contract with the Timberwolves on June 17, 2011... 2009-10: Averaged 6.4 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 42 games during his first season with Barcelona... Improved those averages to 6.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists in 22 contests during Barcelona's run to the Euroleague title... Also contributed to Barcelona's victories in the Catalan Cup, Spanish Supercup and Spanish King's Cup tournaments... Earned MVP honors at the Catalan Cup Tournament... Following the season, honored as the league's top point guard and named to the All-Spanish ACB League Team... Also named the Euroleague Rising Star for 2010... Posted two games with 10+ assists and 18 games with at least five dimes... Scored in double figures nine times, including a season-best 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting (3-of-4 from three) in a win over Real Madrid on 12/27... 2008-09: Averaged 9.8 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.8 assists in 25 games for DKV Joventut... Led the ACB League with 2.2 steals per gams... Scored in double figures in 12 games and handed out 10+ assists five times (two double-doubles)... Appeared in five games during the Euroleague season, averaging 2.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game... Catalan Cup Tournament champion... Named Spanish ACB League Defensive Player of the Year... Also named the FIBA European Young Player of the Year for a third consecutive season... 2007-08: Averaged 10.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals over 39 games in his most decorated season as a pro... Led his team to wins in the 2007 Catalan Cup Tournament, the 2008 Spanish King's Cup and the 2008 EuroCup... Named the 2008 FIBA Young Player of the Year as well as the 2008 European Player of the Year... Also honored as the ACB League's top point guard and named to the All-Spanish ACB League Team... Scored in double figures in 20 games, including a season-high 25 points on 6-of-9 shooting (12-of-12 FTs) in a win over Akasvayu Girona on 11/25... 2006-07: Averaged 4.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 43 games... Led the ACB league in steals, averaging 1.9 thefts per game... Saw his first action in Euroleague, appearing in 16 games and averaging 3.6 points, 2,4 rebounds and 2.8 assists... Following the season, honored with the 2007 Spanish ACB League Rising Star Award as well as the FIBA European Young Player of the Year Award, given annually to the best player in Europe under the age of 22... 2005-06: Made his Spanish ACB League debut on 10/15 at the age of 14, becoming the youngest player ever to compete in Spain's top professional league... Averaged 2.6 points, 1.1 rebounds 0.7 assists in 14 games during his rookie season... Helped his team to victories in the 2005 Cataln Cup Tournament and the 2006 EuroChallenge Tournament.
INTERNATIONAL NOTES: Began is international career on Spain's Under-16 team in 2005, winning a bronze medal at the 2005 FIBA Europe U16 Championships... Named MVP of the 2006 FIBA Europe U16 Championships after leading Spain to the gold medal... Averaged 22.3 points, 12.8 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 6.5 steals per game during the tournament, including two triple-doubles and a quadruple-double (posted 51 points, 24 rebounds, 12 assists and 7 steals in the championship game against Russia)... Named to the Spanish team for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, where at age 17 he became the youngest ever to participate in the gold-medal game... A member of Spain's gold-medal-winning entry at the 2009 FIBA European Championships. Player Profile >