Throughout NBA history, the most successful teams have had a powerful 1-2 punch. The Chicago Bulls had Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen, the Los Angeles Lakers had Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal and so on.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are candidates to join these ranks in the very near future with their deadly tandem in the form of forward Kevin Love and point guard Ricky Rubio. Love is a double-double machine who can also hit three-pointers, while Rubio is a traditional point guard who passes the ball well on top of playing incredible defense.
This is only Love and Rubio's second season together, but they worked well enough as a unit last year that they can definitely be placed among some of the NBA's best 1-2 punches today. They are still young and have a lot to learn about playing together, but give them time.
Before long, we could very well be placing them on the same level as some of the NBA's current top tandems.
All statistics in this article are accurate as of December 16, 2012