Keys to the Wolf Den: Ricky Rubio's Future As La Pistola in Minnesota

Timber WolfAnalyst IIJanuary 16, 2010

BEIJING - AUGUST 12:  (R-L) Ricky Rubio #6 of Spain attempts to steal the ball from Chen Jianghua #4 of China in the preliminary basketball game held at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium during Day 4 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 12, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Let's once again talk about the Minnesota Timberwolves.

They currently have a European sensation in Ricky Rubio playing overseas.

A 6'4'' true point guard with amazing passing skills.

He's a maestro at dropping dimes, truly deceptive on the fast break, a wild card in a sense of direction, and has the potential to be a franchise point guard.

The Minnesota Timberwolves lack an identity, and even though Jonny Flynn and Ramon Sessions (current point guards) show promise, Ricky Rubio has been identified as a player that won't be traded by GM David Kahn.

David Kahn has made himself known as a GM that will only trade players for the right price. The Minnesota Timberwolves still have voids to be filled, but as the Minnesota Timberwolves load up on cap space, draft picks and two top European prospects (Rubio and Pekovic) looking to play in the NBA soon, the Wolves have some pieces that are intriguing.

But there's been a question as to whether Ricky Rubio will ever play in a Wolves uniform?

My gut feeling tells me yes.

Wolves fans and the alike have to understand there were many reasons as to why Ricky Rubio decided to stay overseas, and there are many false reasons that have led the public to believe that the Minnesota Timberwolves were the reason as to why, but it ultimately came down to the position of which Rubio was chosen.


  1. The Market: The 12th largest state. The twin cities is the 13th most populous metro area. 33 percent of the U.S' top 1000 publicly traded companies are headquartered in MN (Target, Best Buy, General Mills, Land O'Lakes, SuperValu, 3M, etc...). 
  2. The weather: Other than Florida, Texas and California, there aren't many cakewalks as far as weather, and New Jersey, New York, Minnesota, Toronto, Milwaukee and Chicago remain very cold, and aren't getting warm anytime soon.
  3. Jonny Flynn: David Kahn has hinted he was fully prepared to trade Jonny Flynn once Ricky Rubio signed.
  4. Style of play: The new motto for the Wolves? United we run...Ricky Rubio loves to run up and down? Need I say more?
  5. Triangle Offense: Kurt Rambis has taken the triangle and implemented pick and rolls into it, and with Ricky Rubio's passing ability, as well as intensity on the defensive end, Ricky Rubio won't have too much trouble playing in this system.


Ricky Rubio in my opinion is still part of the future in Minnesota and could fill a void that hasn't been felt since Kevin Garnett.

He's also been called the next Pistol Pete Maravich.

The comparison to an NBA great always has to be deeply discussed and evaluated. Although I was not alive when Maravich played, the comparison is not a bad one whatsoever.

Pistol Pete was a human showcase with his ability to impress with his incredible passing skills, and ability to outsmart his opponents with fundamentals that only Tim Duncan can come close to rivaling.

Does Ricky Rubio have those skills that Pistol Pete has? Well one thing is definitely true already, he has the passing skills and the flash to rival Pete's creativity and finesse with his passes. Rubio also possesses an incredible basketball I.Q, and to be only 19 years of age, the potential is there to become an NBA elite in two years.

At 6'4'', Rubio also has the wingspan and fundamentals to become a force on the defensive end, always giving an effort going for steals and using his long arms to render his opponents ball-handling skills useless.

While he only averages five points and five assists overseas, you have to consider that the style of play is more suited for big men, and 10+ point, 6+ assist game is incredibly good overseas. Rubio went for 14 points, 10 assists and 4 steals in his most recent game.

So is he "La Pistola"? The next Pistol Pete? I would have to say just maybe he could be a reincarnation. He's definitely the only one that can even compare to him at this point, of course you'd just have to imagine him in five to six years where he'd only be 24 years old. If your still not convinced and you have 11 minutes ....

Thanks for reading!