Timberwolves fans got some positive news last week when Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio—who was drafted by Minnesota with the fifth pick in the 2008 draft—agreed to play for the Wolves for the 2011-12 season.
By agreeing to a deal with Rubio, the franchise finally has what looks to be a franchise point guard. Despite what people think of Rubio, he has the floor vision of upper echelon floor generals and excellent size at 6'4" with a 6'9" wingspan.
The head coaching position is still uncertain as to whether or not general manager David Kahn will bring Kurt Rambis back.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the team, there are still a few positives.
One I already named is Rubio, whom Wolves fans have waited two years and have had to endure all sorts of speculation on if he'll ever actually don a Minnesota jersey.
Two is Kevin Love. The league's most improved player averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds per game last season as he took his game to the next level. With Love and Rubio, the Wolves can form a deadly pick and roll combination.
Minnesota also has other young talent in Michael Beasley and Wes Johnson. Last year, was both players' first year on the Wolves, and there is room for improvement with each.
With Beasley, he tended to be a ball stopper, and after an ankle injury in January, seemed to lose a lot of effectiveness as an offensive player. It is still unsure if Beasley can be a full-time small forward or a tweener player.
Wes Johnson is a 6'7" leaper who has excellent range on his jump shot and is an above-average defender. Wes tended to be somewhat hesitant in his role in the offense.
With Rubio spreading the floor, he can find open jump shooters such as Johnson and Beasley and Love.