2011 NBA Draft: Ricky Rubio's Impact on the Timberwolves' Draft and Future Plans

Kyle SkovCorrespondent IIJune 8, 2011

2011 NBA Draft: Ricky Rubio's Impact on the Timberwolves' Draft and Future Plans

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    He has finally arrived.
    He has finally arrived.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Ricky Rubio is a dynamic player. His highly anticipated arrival to the NBA is now going to happen in the upcoming season.

    Rubio was drafted fifth in the 2009 NBA draft but never negotiated the buyout from his team at the time, DKV Joventut. This was either because he did not want to or the team did not release him.

    Things became more apparent that he did not want to come to the Timberwolves as he moved to FC Barcelona Basquet for the following season.

    Rubio’s dynamic point guard play has had fans and critics licking their lips to see him.

    He has exceptional handling and a very high basketball IQ to go along with his great court vision. What more could you want from your franchise point guard?

    There are also the nay sayers that think he is overhyped and will be a flop when he starts plying his trade in the States.

    One thing is for sure. The Minnesota Timberwolves are happy to have him with the team, and his timely signature has made it so that they now can reconfigure their decisions going into the 2011 NBA draft.

Cleveland Trade Potential

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    Who wouldn't want that beard on their team?
    Who wouldn't want that beard on their team?Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

    The Cleveland Cavaliers were left wounded after Lebron James made his “decision.” They are now looking for ways to rebuild and become relevant again.

    If the Cavaliers cannot make even a halfway decent turn around in the upcoming season, those passionate Cleveland sports fans that were filling their stadiums may not be there to give them that environment that they have gotten to know and love.

    A lot of their season tickets were sold before LeBron made his decision to go to South Beach. So those fans were there to fill the stadium.

    Cleveland has been looking for a way to get the second pick in the draft. Having the first and second pick would be crucial for Cleveland’s rebuilding process.

    Rubio’s decided to come to the Timberwolves has made it a lot more likely that they will be willing to deal the second pick to Cleveland.

    Rubio has allowed the Wolves' backcourt to improve drastically.

    The Timberwolves need some aged veteran to help guide the young stars. A veteran point guard in the twilight of his career would help Rubio adjust into the league.

    If the Timberwolves could get Baron Davis, possibly in a trade, to help Rubio grow, it would be a huge pick up. Many people worry about Rubio’s adjustment into the NBA; a veteran like Davis could be just what he needs.

    The Wolves could also use some quality to come off the bench. A more dominant bench always gives a team more of a chance to win on any given night.

    A thing to remember with the Cleveland trade would be the Wolves still holds the No. 4 pick in the draft.

Johnny Flynn

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 14:  Jonny Flynn #10 of the Minnesota Timberwolves in action against the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena on December 14, 2010 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading a
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    Johnny Flynn’s future is now up in the air with Rubio’s arrival.

    Flynn showed his explosiveness and guard skills at Syracuse, but he just cannot get it together in the same way in the NBA. Rubio has not even played a game, and he has displaced him.

    Flynn is a piece that can be moved. Any team that is coming forward with a trade and is interested in his services then the Wolves should try to negotiate and move him to give Rubio and Love more players to play around.

    Flynn's development may have been stunted by poor coaching, but he has been now made into trade bait with Rubio's arrival.

New Coach

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - APRIL 1: Head coach Kurt Rambis of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts on the sideline in the second half against the Miami Heat during a basketball game at Target Center on April 1, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Heat defeated the Timber
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    Kurt Rambis has had two very unsuccessful seasons as coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

    Rubio’s entrance into the team means a new chapter. If the Wolves could pick up a new coach to start everything anew with Rubio’s arrival, they would be in great shape.

    Rambis has never had an amazing amount of All-Star talent, but he has had enough young talent that he should be finishing with more then 17 wins.

    Rambis has had many players that are pure unpolished prospects, and he has shown that he has not been able to nurture them and make them into better players.

    Why would a franchise be bringing in potentially their franchise point guard for the future want to keep a coach at the helm that has proven he cannot sculpt young prospects into better then average players?


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    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/
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    Ricky Rubio has made waves in the NBA before he has even entered the league.

    He has changed the frame potentially of the upcoming draft and has given the Timberwolves the ability to reshape their team.

    Minnesota fans need to welcome Ricky Rubio and his ball-handling skills to your team. If nothing else, he will give a reason for NBA fans to take notice of your team in the upcoming season.