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The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Why Ricky Rubio Gives the Timberwolves The Best Future in Basketball

NBA fans have been waiting two years for Ricky Rubio to beautify the future of the 3-7 Minnesota Timberwolves and surprisingly enough, he just might do it. Rubio and his new partner-in-crime, Derrick Williams, could have fans calling the Target Center the new highlight factory. [1]

How many times have you heard the phrase, “If Rajon Rondo had a decent jumpshot, he’d be the best point guard in the NBA”? Anybody who’s been a victim of, or has had to witness the gruelling Rose vs. Rondo debates of 2010 has heard that sentence over and over again. I’m telling you guys right now, you don’t have to look any further! Ricky Rubio IS Rajon Rondo with a better jumper, and he’s going to tear the league up because of it. The one thing that threatens Rondo’s ability to be a superstar is that you can guard him from the free throw line and your team will be better for it. You can’t do that with Rubio right now, and you sure as hell won’t be able to do it three years from now.

Next up on the docket is Derrick Williams. He can finish in traffic, he can shoot, he’s as athletic as they come and if there was ever a safe pick in the 2011 draft, you’re looking at it. To the skeptics wondering whether or not Williams can be successful without a true position, Williams isn’t one of those guys. Most “tweeners” are at a disadvantage because they can’t effectively play one position enough to start, but still have the ability to spell someone off the bench. Williams, on the other hand is talented enough to play both positions. He just simply has to decide which one to play. Chances are, with Kevin Love at the 4, he’s going to be the Wolves future small forward. This guy has bona-fide superstar written all over him.

Expect to see a lot of this for the next decade:

And then there’s Kevin Love. His game speaks for itself, and if you disagree because you haven’t seen him on SportsCentre it’s because he can do everything except for jump high. He led the league in rebounding last year with absolutely no athletic advantage and because of his skill, Love is going to be a force in this league for the next 15 years.

The Wolves have these three guys as their core for who knows how long [2] and what might be even more important is the fact they’ve got assets on assets on assets.

Pundits around the league mocked Kahn for signing J.J. Barea when Ricky Rubio and Luke Ridnour are already on the books. I didn’t. J.J. Barea, oozing with potential and playing with confidence, at that price is a great trading chip to have on your roster. They’ve got Wesley Johnson and while he’s not looking great right now you just know there’s a team out there that will take a chance on his potential. Then there’s Michael Beasley, who despite the behavioural issues is a great scorer, and could probably be a sixth man for a contender if he ever gets his head right. I doubt that he will, but based on the decisions that GM’s were making this off-season, the Timberwolves should be able to find an acceptable suitor for Beasley.

You can’t honestly tell me that a combination of those guys can’t be flipped to land a starting center that can rebound and play defense. After that, the Wolves would still have their mid-level exception and can use that to sign a shooting guard. You don’t need much at that position as long as Williams pans out and Rubio doesn’t miraculously forget how to pass.

And there you have it. With a core that’s 20, 21 and 23 the Wolves have no where to go right now except for up. This year, watch out for the alley-oops. Next year, watch out for them knocking your favorite western conference team out of the playoffs.

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This could also be a result of the fact that absolutely nothing has happened in the Phillips Arena since the Hawks were that “young team with potential”, AKA the current Timberwolves roster

 

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This might make the fact that they traded their 2012 draft pick to the Clippers sting a little less, but probably not.

2 Responses to “The Man, The Myth, The Legend: Why Ricky Rubio Gives the Timberwolves The Best Future in Basketball

  1. I agree with ya’ on Rubio, See, as I wrote here…

    http://sportschump.net/2012/01/12/is-ricky-rubio-the-realio-dealio/8065/

    I watched Rubio for the first time the other night in their loss to Chicago, a game they could have won had the Bulls not hit clutch shot after clutch shot… but that’s why they’re the best in the East.

    I’d still obviously take Rondo over Rubio at this point. We’ll see if I feel the same way in three years.

    And I think that Love and Williams are perfect players to be running alongside the Spaniard as they don’t really demand the ball.

    I’m sitting here wondering what Rubio’s scoring high will be this season. Do you think he’ll put up 30 in one game?

    • Bullmatic

      I checked that out a few days ago, and just added you website to my blogroll links. :)

      Obviously, at this point Rondo is still better but Rubio has a much higher ceiling, and is already a better shooter. I don’t see anything stopping him from reaching that ceiling right now.

      Yup. This Wolves team is formed perfectly to learn and grow together.
      And I’m thinking more about the assists. I think Rubio will definitely put up 30 sometime this season, but will he get 17-18 assists at some point? I think he’s definitely capable.

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