All of us that crooned over J-Will's sick passes or Bibby's clutch 3s against the Lakers coupled with his pick n rolls with C-Webb/Vlade (which were even better than the legends in salt lake) I am sure spasm when we see Beno go 20 and 8 only to go 5 and 5 with the latter being pts/turnovers. Drafting Ricky with all his bag of tricks would dazzle and delight us and certainly pack the house again. Rubio is the only player in this draft that would likely put us back in the top 10 plays of the week on a regular interval while leaving us with the swagger, "our PG is more sexy than yours!" However, this is a path that will lead us to a historical repeat, aka all show and no go...here is why.
Defense: We already have the ability to score at will on people as evidenced by our 100+ a game avg but we are giving up about 9 more to the opposition. Despite his ability to steal, Rubio's frail stature and lack of explosion on the first step will make him a victim of being picked and a step late to off ball cutters. Very likely he will trade baskets versus leading +/- at his position compared to the top PGs in the league. Rebounding, Steals, Shot disruption, Blocking and not needing on ball double team assistance make Griffen more valuable given how integral all those skills become to our overall defensive scheme.
Draft Depth: No doubt either Griffen or Rubio make our team better. However, given we have needs at every position, and the depth of PGs is better this year than Post players, aren't we better off getting the best post player in the draft in recent years and picking up a quality PG who can start right away versus the best offensive PG and at best a back up post player?
Offense: We will score more points and garner more offensive rebounds with a Griffen/Hawes/Thompson rotation than we will with a Rubio/Udrich/McGants combination with no significant drop off on whom is playing in the 4/5 or coming off the bench. Furthermore, with at least 4 legitimate passers that wil be available in the late 1st round, we should be able to still find a suitable PG with defensive upside. While the back court combination will lose a few assists our bigs should mitigate that once Thompson's BB IQ catches up with his body. What made the Bibby/C-Webb/Divacs era special was passing bigs, good pick n rolls and a shooter who could nail the open 3. It made Bibby look better than he probably was.
In general, either guy will help us but the safer bet is to gnab the A+ 4 and augment with a B+ 1 versus going with the A 1 and a C 3/4/5.