Ricky Rubio To Join the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2011-2012
Finally, David Kahn's first ever draft pick will be coming overseas to play for the Minnesota Timberwolves next season. In a report by the Associated Press, it was revealed that Rubio has agreed to play for the Wolves; however, an official contract has not been signed.
At this point, Wolves General Manager David Kahn has quite a bit riding on the NBA success of Ricky Rubio. He drafted him fifth overall in 2009, and since almost every other pick he has made has been a failure, this is a big deal.
Many people are skeptical of Rubio's potential in the NBA. He is currently coming off the bench for his Spanish team, and his averages are modest to say the least. However, there is hope for Wolves fans. Don't be deceived by the numbers, Rubio has plenty of potential.
A lot of times it's hard to project these European players because the game is so much different over there. The game is much slower overseas and athleticism isn't valued as much as it is in the NBA. Rubio is at his best when he's in transition, and he just couldn't do it all that much in Europe. He isn't a good shooter, but hopefully he will be able to help the Wolves with his passing. He's better than anything they have now. At least as far as a long-term plan goes.
The signing of Rubio will definitely make a difference on how the Wolves approach the offseason. Many thought the Wolves should try to add someone at point, but with the addition of Rubio they now have three players at the position. Instead, they should probably focus their efforts on finding a complement to Kevin Love in the post.
If the Wolves can add a center through the draft, they should be able to make a pretty significant improvement next season. If the Wolves were to take Enes Kanter with the second overall pick their lineup would feature Rubio, Wes Johnson, Beasley, Love and Kanter. All former top-five picks. There is no doubt the Wolves have talent, it's just a matter of how this group can play together.
Next season we will finally see what the Wolves have in Rubio, and the questions we have will finally be answered. Hopefully Rubio can help the Wolves turn it around. After missing the playoffs for seven straight years, Wolves fans are ready for a change.
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