Souhan: Add Rubio to the list of Wolves draft mistakes

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 10, 2014 - 11:42 PM

Instead of turning out to be a star, the guard is making the 2009 draft looking even worse.

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jwillsJan. 9, 1410:39 PM

Rubio is a major problem for the Wolves, although not because of his shooting, or lack of it; moreso, because of his lack of leadership. The prime example of this was the last game against the Lakers when he thought the ball was an unexploded IUD and began playing hot potato with any and everyone on the court. I have never seen a NBA point guard cower so eagerly away from the ball. There were reasons why he was benched in Euroleague play. He is a dynamic passer, and has an uncanny court awareness, but that has created faults in his overall offensive game. Jason Kidd, and Rajon Rondo had similar weaknesses, but what they have (in Kidd's case had) is incredible leadership ability. When you hit the basketball court you knew whose team it was. Rondo, even with the likes of Garnett and Pierce, had a commanding presence. He has confidence that oozes out of him. Kidd always seemed to be the smartest and most respected player on the court. Rubio lacks that leadership gene that makes up for all his other flaws. Unlike Sam Cassell, he does not command his team to rally behind him, instead he cowers away from the responsibility. Right now Rubio is a solid off the bench, 20 minute a game PG. If the Wolves really want to go anywhere, they need to find that leader who is going to take them there.

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filidogJan. 9, 1410:46 PM

I can't believe the negativity about Rubio. He is a fantastic passer and a great ball stealer. He's still young, and will make mistakes. You want to put blame on someone, tell Love to start making a better percentage of free throws. Love is a great player, but he has also had a hand in these close lost games. Peck too, easy lay ups missed because of laziness and not jumping high enough. They are fun to watch, the best team we have right now, and will get better. Rondo was a bad shooter for many years. He has now started making shots. Give Rubio a chance, he is helping this club to win games.

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birdpeepJan. 9, 1410:49 PM

Souhan, thou speakest the truth!

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snoozecruise1Jan. 9, 1410:55 PM

jwills, give him time. He's 23 and second season in the league. He doesn't make anywhere near the number of careless passes that he did in the past. Who peaks at 23 in the NBA? Also, this is a team game, and any individual's performance is influenced, for better or worse, by his comrades. IMO, Rubio's backcourt mate, though perhaps better than in past years, is not a particularly good player. In fact, Martin is dreadful on defense and disappears for significant portions of each game. Rubio cares and he will self-correct and improve. He is a natural quarterback out there, but he's learning from his bad outings like everyone else.

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jplamp9Jan. 9, 1410:59 PM

Rubio's scoring ability will never catch up to his defense and playmaking. May be the most over-rated player in the NBA.

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snoozecruise1Jan. 9, 1411:03 PM

jplamp9, I thought fans were clamoring for a pass-first PG. We have one. Now he needs to get his shooting percentage up to 40 percent to keep the defense honest. I think that is doable, hopefully by next season. I'd rather have a Rubio than a Westbrook, though I love watching Russell.

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snoozecruise1Jan. 9, 1411:05 PM

I just realized that Souhan threw out the bait with some BS he doesn't believe, and I swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. I've been manipulated!

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pursuitJan. 9, 1411:07 PM

Right on Jim, Rubio joins the Ponder group as players we wished would have been better, but alas....

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chucktraylorJan. 9, 1411:50 PM

I keep hearing that Rubio will grow in to a polished NBA player and shooter. He has been playing pro basketball since he was in kindergarten. He wasn't even a starter on his Spanish national team. He is what he is. Not a prime time player. Perhaps a decent back up, but not a franchise player, for lack of his leadership skills if nothing else.

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lawyerguyJan. 9, 1411:55 PM

Sorry but Adelman deserves some of the blame. He has no history or current interest of developing young players. Once Adelman gets down on a young player they seem to rarely escape the bench as he prefers journeymen with little skill or talent. Rubio and Schved seem to have regressed while Adelman left the team little choice to trade Williams for nothing. Actually, Saunders would have been better trading Williams for a case of beer than what we received in return for him.

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