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Shocking, but early on it's evident: Luke Ridnour is Minnesota’s worst point guard. Ridnour has a nice jumper, as demonstrated by his 47.5 percent conversion rate, and plays solid defense. But he doesn't do much to make the team better.
Ricky Rubio and J.J. Barea, on the other hand, do. They are Minnesota's top two point guards.
We haven’t had too many opportunities to see Barea in a pure point guard position, as much of his time on the court has been spent with Rubio as the point guard, but Barea has experience at the position. He is also Minnesota’s best penetrating point guard and can create for himself unlike any other guard on the roster.
And Rubio is an instant highlight reel whenever he steps onto the floor. With his ability to see the floor and make passes few in the NBA can make, he is the epitome of what it is to be a point guard.
Both Rubio and Barea are much better creators, either for themselves or others, than Ridnour. And both of them are tougher players than Ridnour. Without Ridnour, it opens up more time for Rubio and Barea.
Obviously, now isn’t the time to trade Ridnour, given the hamstring issues with Barea.