Ricky Rubio Signs with Minnesota T'wolves: What It Means for 2011 NBA Draft

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistJune 1, 2011

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07:  Ricky Rubio #9 of the Regal FC Barcelona in action during the NBA Europe Live match between Los Angeles Lakers and Regal FC Barcelona at the at Palau Blaugrana on October 7, 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Minnesota Timberwolves have finally reached a deal with Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio.

Rubio was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft, but has not played a single minute in the NBA.  He's spent the last two seasons playing professionally in Spain.

In the Yahoo! report, Wojnarowski says:

"He’s expected to immediately contend for the Wolves’ starting point guard job, and team general manager David Kahn plans for the point guard to be a cornerstone of Minnesota’s future."

If Rubio is indeed a significant part of Minnesota's future, the likelihood of the team keeping this year's No. 2 pick just went down (it was already pretty low).

Several teams would be interested in acquiring such a high draft pick, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, who already own the No. 1 pick.

Personally, I don't think the T'wolves should make a deal.  With Rubio on board, that leaves two big holes to fill—shooting guard and center.

They can take the best center in the draft with that second pick by selecting Enes Kanter.  He has great size (6'11") and a sound fundamental basis for his game.

In my most recent mock draft, I have the T'wolves taking Marshon Brooks to fill their need at shooting guard with the 20th pick.

He's a 6'5" wing, but his wingspan is a staggering 7'1".  He was second in the NCAA in scoring last year, and has been very impressive in workouts the last few weeks.

He was one of the most athletic players at the NBA pre-draft camp and legendary trainer Tim Grover said he reminded him a little of Michael Jordan.

Brooks may end up being one of the biggest steals of the draft, and most people have him lasting beyond Minnesota's pick at No. 20.

With those two picks (who could both compete for a starting job) and Rubio in place, Minnesota fans could finally have something to be excited about.

A starting five of Rubio, Brooks, Michael Beasley, Kevin Love and Enes Kanter would be very intriguing and loaded with potential (don't forget the hype surrounding Beasley when he was drafted).

This is a good day for this organization.  Now they need to work like crazy to develop these players.


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