In a year when the Timberwolves were finally creating excitement, building some confidence and making a solid run at the playoffs, they suddenly found themselves without their star point guard.
Although many—including myself—believe that Rubio's youth and physical shape will yield to a quick recovery, one can't deny the "what if?" scenario.
What if the 21-year-old does recover, but not as quickly as doctors are anticipating? What if he's not ready to go when the season kicks off? What if he never fully recovers?
There are several point guards on the 2012 NBA free-agency list, and Minnesota may need a backup plan at that position.
Here are five PG options for the Timberwolves looking ahead to next season.