FIBA, which organizes international basketball competitions including the Olympics, on Sunday named Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Ricky Rubio to its “All-Star Five,” essentially first-team All Olympics.
Rubio was the preeminent point guard of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The Spaniard only had one 20-point game for the senior national team before coming to these Olympics; the pass-first point guard would go on to set a couple of records in the Saitama Super Arena.
Rubio had 20, 26, 18 and 38 points over his four games, with his 38-point explosion setting the new single-game record for Spain at the Olympics. Since all of those 38 came against the USA, it also marks the most points scored by a player versus the United States since they started playing with professional athletes in 1992. Rubio’s tournament averages were 25.5 points and 6.0 assists per game.
The Cavaliers recently traded for Rubio on draft night by sending Taurean Prince, cash considerations and a 2022 second-round pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rubio is expected to be the primary reserve to young star Darius Garland.