A RIVAL SCOUT SIZES UP THE TIMBERWOLVES
The difference between having Ricky Rubio and not having him is huge. I honestly think he'll be better than Steve Nash. Just dribbling down the floor, if his man is sealed, he makes eye contact with his guy—and if Rubio has any advantage, any angle, he's able to find that guy and it's two points.... Up until last year I thought Kevin Love was overrated. I saw him as one of those guys who would dive in the backcourt to try to steal a pass so he wouldn't have to run back on defense. But he can do it all. He shoots the three, and his post game is good. He can play pick-and-roll, and he can spot up. He is a great offensive rebounder.... Nikola Pekovic looks like he has the shortest arms you've ever seen. But he's a strong dude who plays his butt off.... Luke Ridnour is a great backup who is probably one of the top 30 point guards in the league.... You've got to love Brandon Roy as a leader for a team that's trying to get to the playoffs. But I would be shocked if he is able to make a major impact. Every player needs that burst of athleticism, and I don't know how Roy can get that back after retiring because of his knees.