According to this ESPN article by Eric Neel, International players are the slowest group of players to develop (other groups are High School, Freshman in College, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors). The complete opposite or what the Wiz need, which are players who are ready to contribute right now.
The reason for the post is that I believe way too much value is being given to Ricky Rubio. The Kid is 18, and the average international player takes 5 years to develop. That is the end of the Gil contract and most likely this current team. This also assumes that he will develop into a good player, when there is just a likely chance he will be out of the league in 5 years as him being the next Pete Maravich. The biggest knock on Rubio is that he is not athletic, don’t you think it is possible that Rubio dominates Spain the same way that Reddick and Hansbrough dominate College hoops, only when they make the next step to a significantly more competitive and athletic league that they are marginal players. To me this is by far the most likely outcome for Rubio. Now, I have not seen him play (outside of youtube clips) and many scouts seem to disagree and believe that Rubio will be a franchise PG. While very possible it is still more likely that Rubio will be a bust than a first team nba player. And even if he does develop, it will not be helping this team win.
Instead we got two players who will help us win now, who address some of our major needs (3 point shooting), and provides extra financially flexibility to sign Haywood next offseason. Miller and Foye are known NBA assets, and right away become our 5th and 6th best players. Miller was a great player on a 49 win team, Foye has improved each season, and now can be a role player instead of leading back court player.
Overall, I like this trade a lot. I think it makes the wizards better now and in the future.
Now I just start saying my prayers everynight that the Rubio doenst become Pistol Peter…