The season starts tonight for the Timberwolves. As part of that, this will be a defining year for Ricky Rubio.
His contract is up at the end of the year and he has already rejected a 4 year $48m offer. For the other positions they have:
Center: Pekovic and Deng – both above average centers in the league
PF: Thad Young – an above average PF in the league
SF: Andrew Wiggins – predicted to be the next Tracy McGrady
SG: Kevin Martin – pretty good
Ricky is supposedly the leader of that group. Looking at that lineup, if they don’t do well, it’s probably his fault and his inability to impact games. If they do well, it’s likely because he has a great season. As Rubio goes, so do the Wolves.
They way I figure this goes is one of two directions:
Direction ONE: the Wolves do well, i.e. approach 35 wins and compete for a playoff spot. In this scenario, I think they pony up and pay Rubio more money
Direction TWO: the Wolves are a lottery team. In this scenario, they don’t resign Ricky and draft a point guard in the lottery.
There’s been lots of talk about Ricky Rubio and all the he could potentially bring to the twolves. And while i think he’s pretty special, I’m also very excited about Johnny Flynn. What happened on draft day is that the the Timberwolves had ranked Flynn as #1 on their board of people they thought they could get (above Curry). Somehow Rubio dropped to the number 5 spot so they felt they had to choose him. Then with the number 6 they were faced with the option of choosing someone they believed was worse to fill the shooting guard spot or choose the best guy remaining which was Jonny Flynn. At least that is the explanation that the GM provided.
I was skeptical but i just watched this video (below) of Flynn’s summer league play and he looks fan-fricking-tastic. I’m very excited to see what he can do with KLove, Big Al and rest of the squad.
Also, i want to touch on the fact that Mad Dog Madsen was traded to the Clippers. While not the best player in the league i think he’s done a great job of communicating with the public. His blog is good read and he’s clearly a very smart dude (from Stanford). He’s missing Minnesota and I’ll miss him too.