A new rendition of ESPN’s 5-5 on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Who is the most intriguing player on the Timberwolves’ roster?
D.J. Foster, ClipperBlog: Talks of Anthony Randolph’s rise to prominence used to be prefaced with when — now it’s if. If Randolph can combine his size, athleticism and unique skill set while figuring it all out above the shoulders, he’ll be special. At this point in his career, though, that has to be considered an awfully big if.
Zach Harper, Daily Dime Live: OK, now I’ll gush over Ricky Rubio. After a weekend of training camp, his teammates have proclaimed how special and contagious his passing is. If his passing game can inject life into an offense that wasn’t exactly… well … alive last season (24th in offensive efficiency), then his hype becomes justified. His role isn’t to be an All-Star point guard right away. It’s to galvanize this team.
Benjamin Polk, A Wolf Among Wolves: That’s easy: Ricky Rubio. He has mystical floor vision. Watching him pass the basketball is like taking a bath in warm brandy while Jimi Hendrix plays “The Star-Spangled Banner” right there in the tub with you. But for some reason he shoots like my dad. Can someone fix that?
David Thorpe, Scouts Inc.: Rubio, Derrick Williams, Wes Johnson — they all bring intrigue. But I’m picking Martell Webster. He of the beautiful shooting stroke, the ability to get fouled, a willingness to defend, but not someone who’s ever put together a season saying “I must be a starting wing in the NBA.” If he can return after the New Year and play to his potential, Minnesota has the perfect complement to Rubio, Williams and Kevin Love — a scorer with range and a plus defender.
Royce Young, Daily Thunder: Rubio. What do the Wolves have in Rubio? Is he going to light up “SportsCenter” with Maravich-style no-look passes and alley-oops? Is he going to show off ball-handling skills like he’s Bob Cousy? Or will he just be Jose Calderon but without a jump shot? It’s hard to know what Rubio is or will be, but he certainly is someone that people will be excited to watch.