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What if this is the best that Ricky gets...


Stirring the pot aside, this is a serious question. Wolves fans bristle at people who condemn Ricky Rubio for his deficiencies or propose some sort trade package that would include him. The question you have to answer yourself is, is this the best Ricky Rubio will ever be? Will he always be fancy passing, aggressive defending leader with a very limited offensive game - a poor shooter and poor at driving and finishing. If you ask most wolves fans, they'll confidently tell you "he's young, you can develop a jumper" or "he'll improve at driving and finishing as he gets older and stronger". But in reality, will he? I think the odds are quite stacked against him for him to improve in those areas.

Ricky shoots 'em..

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Last time I checked today's NBA game is driven by more offensive minded PG's, or at least ones that aren't completely limited offensively. Tony Parker, Chris Paul, Russel Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, I could go on. They are all outstanding point guards that excel in two specific areas - shooting and the drive-finish. For every recent successful NBA playoff team that didn't have an outstanding scoring PG, there was a top notch superstar to carry the load and overcome the deficiencies at the PG position. Kobe Bryant. LeBron James. With studs like those in their primes, you could probably trot out Bobby Hurley at his current age and the team would still win a championship. Superstars like Kobe and LeBron are rare indeed though. The wolves don't have anything close to that, no disrespect to Kevin Love.

So, in my opinion (as demented as it may seem), the wolves should explore packaging Rubio and some other pieces to acquire an all star wing (or a potential one). Yes the wolves have acquired Kevin Martin, who should provide some very nice scoring for the wolves, but he's not getting any younger and his defense is offensive. I do think he is a legitimate starter on a playoff team however. But if the wolves could somehow fleece (er, I mean deal with) a team and get a legitimate wing in a package that would include Rubio, I would certainly do it. I know most fans wouldn't, they think Rubio is untouchable. I am of the opinion that Rubio is as good as he will ever be and if you can use his rock star like status to acquire a scoring wing, I say do it.

The questions are, what is Rubio's market value, and who would be a target or two that would bring back true value? And who would be possible viable PG options in his absence?

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