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Cleveland Cavaliers | #99 | Guard











6'2" | 190lb | 31 years

Player Bio

Rubio was born in 1990 in El Masnou, Spain. He has a younger sister, Laia and an older brother, Marc, who has played professionally in Spain. Rubio had an illustrious international career prior to joining the NBA, as he was the youngest player to ever play in Spain's ACB League (14 years old). He went on to spend several seasons with Joventut Badalona and FC Barcelona before coming to the United States. Rubio cares deeply about cancer awareness, as he started the Tona Vives Lung Cancer Awareness Fund in honor of his late mother, who passed away in 2016 due to lung cancer. Rubio also won the 2017 NBA Cares Community Assist award due to his work with Five For The Fight, a charity dedicated to the eradication of cancer. You can follow Rubio on Twitter (@rickyrubio9) and Instagram (@ruuufio). Rubio was named the FIBA Europe Young Men's Player of the Year Award on three occasions, garnering the honor in the 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons. He led the Spanish ACB in steals in the 2006-07 season (76) and 07-08 seasons (74). He was named the European Player of the Year in 2008. In addition, the El Masnou, Spain native was chosen the Spanish ACB League Defensive Player of the Year in 2009. Rubio was selected in the first round (fifth overall pick) of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Despite his selection, he opted to play for FC Barcelona for the next two seasons, winning the EuroLeague in 2010 and the Liga ACB title in 2011. He then began playing for the Timberwolves in the 2011-12 season.