The main sell of this argument relies on the simple fact that Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love, and Nikola Pekovic have not played together much in the past two seasons. You don’t need to understand quantum physics to know this.
So, let’s keep it simple.
In the 2011 lockout season, Rubio went down on March 9th. The Wolves were 21-19 before his injury, and they were 5-21 for the remainder of the season. I’m counting the LA game in the loss column without him because Love didn’t play in that game, which is the overall point. Also in this season, Pekovic missed the first 11 games of the season. So, that leaves 29 games that could potentially have been played together of the 66 total games of the season. How many of those 29 games did they play together? Pek missed the two games previous to the LA game, and Love missed three other games in that span. Rubio missed zero games. So, they played together for 24 of 66 games that season. What was their record? Answer: 13-11
Then in the 2012 season, Rubio missed 25 of the team’s first 29 games, then played every game through the end of the season. Kevin Love missed the Jan 5th Portland game and didn’t play again for the season. This leaves eight, yes eight total games they could have potentially played together last season. Of those eight, how many did they play together? It was four, and they went 2-2.
So, what’s the final point? Of 148 possible games, they have played together for 28 of those games, or about 20%.
Add a few other contributing factors, like the Budinger injury, the impact of Beasley on the offense, and the near rookie status of Rubio and Pekovic (at least in terms of the NBA) and you have what seems to me a whole lot of questions and not many answers. The fact is that we really haven’t seen what this group can do together over an extended period of time.