What Can the Minnesota Timberwolves Expect from Rookie Ricky Rubio?
While the NBA may not have a season this year, there will be basketball at some point. When that day finally comes, Ricky Rubio will be a Minnesota Timberwolf.
There was a time when Wolves fans hated Kahn for picking Rubio (now we just hate him for picking Flynn), and it looked like he would never come overseas.
Now that he has arrived he will most likely be the starting point guard whenever the lockout ends.
The question that experts have to face now is whether or not Rubio can play. Some sports journalists, like the highly respected Michael Wilbon and the less esteemed Colin Cowherd, believe this kid is a definite bust.
Yet scouts continue to claim his speed and passing skills will make him an exciting player to watch.
If there is one thing we know about the Timberwolves it's that there is no shortage of scorers on that team. Rubio is the perfect point guard for the system and personnel the Wolves have.
Things are in question with new coach Rick Adelman, but it would seem logical for the Timberwolves to run an up tempo offense, just the system for which Rubio is suited.
In Europe, teams don't run as much and offenses lean toward half court set ups. In the NBA, transition offense is encouraged, especially for the Timberwolves.
It's obvious Rubio's style is much better suited for the up tempo game than a half court one. With so many scorers around him, I have no problem seeing Rubio succeed this year.
While Rubio doesn't have much of a jump shot, I don't think he really needs one in order to have a good year. If he can average seven or eight assists a night, that should be good enough regardless of what his scoring totals look like.
If Rubio averages five points, eight assists, and four rebounds a game in 30 minutes, I would be satisfied, even more so if he can play adequate defense.
Rubio doesn't need to be an All-Star in his rookie year and he won't be. He just needs to show that the talent and potential we saw two years ago is still there. That's all fans can ask for.
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