Team 2012-13: Minnesota Timberwolves (USA-NBA)
Career: Joventut Badalona (Spain-ACB, 2005-09); Regal F.C. Barcelona (Spain-ACB, 2009-11); Minnesota Timberwolves (USA-NBA, 2011-13)
Rubio returns to the Spanish national team after missing the 2012 Olympics due to a torn ACL. The 22-year-old returned strong from his injury this season, finally getting back on the court in December. The Timberwolves were ravished by injuries all season and Rubio was unable to lead the team to the victory total all had hoped for. Still, Rubio lived up to the hype of his rookie season with his superb playmaking skills. He still struggles from long range and will need to hit some three-pointers if left open to create more space in the low post. Rubio did not play a big role scoring-wise for Spain at EuroBasket 2011, being needed more for defence and playmaking. That may change in Slovenia with some of Spain's biggest leaders out.