A fourteen-year-old playing in the Spanish ACB league is an anomaly. A sixteen-year-old playing in the Euroleague is extreme. A seventeen-year-old representing the senior team of his country in the Olympics is an extreme anomaly. Even someone like Pau Gasol wasn’t given playing time in the 2000 Olympics, and he was drafted 3rd overall in the 2001 NBA draft. Ricky Rubio is an anomaly, read on to find out why.
"When I was 12 I heard one of the best sentences in my life, it came from Magic Johnson. ‘A basket makes one guy happy. An assist makes two guys happy.’"- Ricky Rubio
If I had to choose which point guards to watch ply their trade, I’d choose Chris Paul and Ricky Rubio over Rajon Rondo, Deron Williams and every other point guard in the league. Why I can’t get enough of Chris Paul is readily evident to anyone who has ever watched him in action. The man defies belief. He is one of the best scorers in the league and there is no player in the league more adept at creating off the dribble. Durant may launch it over the outstretched arms of ‘Saabu’ as if the defender is no more than a tiny, motionless mannequin. Kobe breaks defenses down by working his way in with decisive footwork and when he can’t get the look he wants, he just lets fly with the look he gets and it’s often as good as the look he wanted. But Chris Paul’s crossovers are the trickiest in the league and the way he creates space from nothing, is nothing short of amazing. His off balance floaters on unusual angles have an improbable tendency to fall and he isn’t even the fastest point guard. His mesmerizing display of skills coupled with a stellar will to win makes his every game a compelling watch...........................................
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"The Sensible Candidates
This might be the easiest fit on the board. Minnesota has plenty of cushion between its current cap level and the luxury tax. They also have Andrei Kirilenko, a tweener forward on a semi-expiring $9.8 million deal, and a bunch of interesting pieces in the $4 million-$5 million range. It’s very easy to build a Minny-Memphis trade around Kirilenko/Gay that gets Memphis under the tax and provides either an intriguing high lottery pick (Derrick Williams) or a useful guard to round out the Grizz’s rotation (Luke Ridnour, J.J. Barea). Memphis would have to send out a cheap piece, such as Tony Wroten, in some scenarios, and the Grizz could also ask Minnesota to return a Memphis 2013 first-rounder originally sent to Houston for Shane Battier.
It’s not a no-brainer for Minnesota, obviously. Gay has gotten better as a cutter, but he’s still a ball-dominator at heart with a "blah" efficiency level, and such players aren't exactly Rick Adelman types — especially not with Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love around to dominate the ball. Bringing in Gay’s giant contract, which runs through 2014-15, would also make it hard for the Wolves to re-sign Nikola Pekovic at a fair number this summer. The Wolves could simply stand pat and have a decent chunk of cap room, assuming they end up voiding the second year of Brandon Roy’s deal.
So why even think about it? Minnesota, as of now, would only get that theoretical chunk of cap room if Kirilenko declines his $10.2 million option for next season in hopes of landing a longer-term deal at similar annual money. He’s played well enough to earn such a deal, but he’s nearly 32, and the Wolves might prefer to trade him rather than watch him walk or pay him big money into his mid-30s. If they shed Barea’s long-term contract in the Gay deal, Minnesota could build around the Rubio/Love/Gay/Alexey Shved core through 2014-15 — and even have some cap flexibility in the summer of 2014 for another piece or two.
Minnesota wants to make the playoffs this season. They’re starved for wing players and overloaded at power forward. It’s worth thinking about, especially if the Wolves could get a second cheap wing along with Gay. Quincy Pondexter’s knee injury and the prohibition against Minnesota reacquiring Wayne Ellington this season complicate things, and Minnesota rightfully believes it should emerge as a very strong team once everyone gets healthy — if that happens."