Is Kevin Love or Ricky Rubio Foundation for Minnesota Timberwolves to Build On?

December 29th, 2012 by Tom Schreier Leave a reply »
Ricky Rubio is the foundation for the Minnesota Timberwolves to build on.

This is meant as no slight to Kevin Love, who has been an outstanding player for the team since being traded for on draft day out of UCLA in 2008. The bottom line, though, is that Rubio makes the players around him better.

Make no mistake: Kevin Love is a superstar.

Anybody in the league that needs a productive big man would take him right now. He’s a double-double machine, his free-throw percentage typically hovers around 80 percent and when he’s not in the post, he can drill three-pointers from beyond the arc.

The problem is that he’s not good enough to take a team to the playoffs by himself. To be fair, this is probably just the nature of his position: It’s not like he’s a 2 or 3 that can pretty much score at will like a LeBron James, Kobe Bryant or Carmelo Anthony.

I’m not going to go all Glen Taylor on him and say he’s not a superstar because he hasn’t been to the playoffs. At the same time, unless a scorer is capable of dragging a team to the postseason, he’s not the lynchpin of a winning te ...

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