Ricky Rubio's Euroleague stats:
31.0 Field Goal %
22.4 Three Point Field Goal %
83.6 Free Throw %
6.5 Points Per Game
3.5 Assists Per Game
3.2 Rebounds Per Game
1.6 Steals Per Game
Vassilis Spanoulis' Euroleague stats:
54.2 Field Goal %
44.1 Three Point Field Goal %
88.1 Free Throw %
19.8 Points Per Game
4.9 Assists Per Game
1.8 Rebounds Per Game
0.7 Steals Per Game
That is how incredibly easy the NBA is for Euroleague point guards. Ty Lawson, Ricky Rubio and Brandon Jennings have all seen ENORMOUS LEAPS in their stats when they went from the Euroleague to the NBA, because the defense against point guards in the Euroleague is VASTLY SUPERIOR, as compared to the NBA.
There isn't a no-hand check rule in Euroleague. There is no defensive 3 second rule in Euroleague. There is a true zone defense allowed in Euroleague (unlike the fake zone of the NBA), refs allow more contact in Euroleague, unlike in NBA, where if you barely touch a PG, he gets a foul..........
The court in the NBA is bigger, and there is more spacing between the defenders and the 3 point line, and the picks are set higher because of this, giving the point guards more room to get to wherever they want to with their dribble. In short, the NBA is child's play for any PG compared to the Euroleague, where the game is IMMENSELY more difficult for point guards. That is why Lawson, Jennings, Rubio have seen HUGE increases in their production in the NBA, as opposed to their big time struggling in the Euroleague.
Now look at Spanoulis' numbers. He ALREADY has super production in the Euroleague, and since Lawson, Rubio, Jennings had huge increases in their stats in going to the zero defense NBA, Spanoulis could have out of this world stats in the NBA.
Just remember that Jennings, Rubio, and THIS YEAR'S Ty Lawson, in THIS SEASON'S Ty Lawson, were all scrubs at the Euroleague level, while Spanoulis was considered the best player in Europe, at the same time they all played there. Spanoulis is way better than Bibbly, Douglas, Davis, Lin.
Spanoulis is the championship starting point guard that the Knicks are looking for.