Minnesota Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio’s time in Minnesota could be Dunn soon

With the fifth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kris Dunn, point guard out of Providence.

The questions immediately following this selection was, “Will Ricky Rubio be traded? And if so, when?” According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, The Wolves have reportedly been shopping him.

Rubio was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 draft out of Spain. He made his debut with the Wolves two years later.

In that time, Rubio has shown that he is an elite passer and a good defender, but his shooting and ability to score has always been a problem.

Rubio has averaged 10.1 points, 8.3 assists and 2.2 steals per game over the course of his career thus far. His career shooting percentage is 36.8. Injuries have been an issue with him. He did play in 76 games this past season and all 82 in 2013-14, but played in only 120 out of 230 games during his other three seasons. He is due $13.4 million this season, $14.1 million in 2017-18, and $14.8 million in 2018-19. Even with the salary cap increasing, it will not be easy to move him and his contract.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau said he thinks both Rubio and Dunn can play together. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but it is highly unlikely that both will be playing together long-term.

“I think they have good size; they have good toughness,” Thibodeau said. “It’s a different look. I think you’re seeing that more and more now, where you have two point guards on the floor. They’re both capable of playing off each other.” (Twincities.com)

Dunn loves the idea of playing with Rubio.

“Can’t wait,” he said in a conference call Thursday. “We’re both pass-first point guards. He’s very good at that — getting guys involved. He knows the game very well. I can’t wait to play under him and learn a lot.”

Like Rubio, Dunn is not a very good shooter but can also pass and play defense. However, Dunn’s overall ability to score is better than Rubio. With Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins on the roster, Dunn would not need to score much, but it never hurts to take pressure off your best players. Zach Lavine also has the ability to score.

“We think Kris is a great fit for us,” Thibodeau said. “We didn’t know how it was going to unfold. There were going to be some good options for us. We thought this was the best one.” (Startribune.com)

Although Rubio is very good at finding the open man, defenses also back off of him because of his inability to shoot, which makes it tougher at times for him to find the open man. He also fails to take advantage of the open looks he gets.

Best idea may be to keep Rubio this season and see how he does in his first season under Thibodeau before handing the keys to the offense to Dunn, who may or may not pan out.

Ali Siddiqui @asiddiqui15

Spark Sports Analyst

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