Rubén Rodríguez (basketball)

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Rubén Rodríguez
Personal information
Born (1953-08-05) August 5, 1953 (age 63)
New York City, New York
Nationality Puerto Rican
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
College LIU Brooklyn (1972–1975)
NBA draft 1975 / Undrafted
Playing career 1969–1991
Position Power forward / Center
Career history
1969–1991 Vaqueros de Bayamón
Career statistics
Points 11,549 (18.3 ppg)
Rebounds 6,178 (9.8 rpg)
Assists 1,078 (1.7 apg)

Rubén Rodríguez (born August 5, 1953)[1] is a Puerto Rican former basketball player. Born in New York City, he played 23 seasons in the Baloncesto Superior Nacional (BSN) tournament.

Many people consider either him, José Ortíz, Raymond Dalmau, Juan Vicens, Rafael Valle, Georgie Torres or Mario Morales to be the greatest basketball player in Puerto Rico's national tournament's history. He was one of only five players (Morales, Dalmau, Georgie Torres and Mario Butler being the other four) to reach 10,000 or more points during his BSN career, and for a long time, was the second best scorer ever behind Dalmau.

Rodríguez spent his whole career with the team Vaqueros de Bayamon of Bayamón. With the Vaqueros, he won 9 national championships, 1967, 1969, five in a row from 1971 to 1975, one in 1981 and one in 1988, the year that the team inaugurated his actual venue, that carries his name, the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum. He also garnered the MVP award in 1979, and, once the three-point shot was established for the first time in the Puerto Rican tournament during the 1980 season, he started making shots from behind the three-point line too.

Rodríguez was a member of the Puerto Rican national basketball team, playing in many international tournaments such as the Olympic Games[1] and Pan American Games.

He retired in 1991. He tried several times to coach a basketball team in the Puerto Rico League, BSN, but without success. His most recent attempt was on Bayamón team in 2002, when started the season with 0-5, being fired. He's now a basketball analyst for several radio shows along the island.


  1. ^ a b "Rubén Rodríguez". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 

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