Ricky Rubio’s star is slowly dimming in Minnesota. A move to the Chicago Bulls might do him some good.
The Timberwolves need long-range shooting and perimeter defense in the back court. Providence star Kris Dunn excels in both while Rubio does not.
The Spaniard’s future in Minnesota is now in limbo. Timberwolves president and head coach Tom Thibodeau expects Dunn to be the team’s point guard of the future. This has led some basketball pundits to speculate where Rubio might end up before the trade deadline in February.
Speculations on Rubio’s Future
Michael Kanoy of Pippen Ain’t Easy believes Rubio will have a career resurgence in the Windy City. If the back court duo of Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo doesn’t pan out, the Chicago Bulls could turn to Rubio to be the orchestrator on offense.
In Chicago, he will be playing alongside fellow Spaniard Nikola Mirotic. The two could form their own one-two punch, behind Bulls superstars Dywane Wade and Jimmy Butler.
Former NBA player turned broadcaster Greg Anthony has a different take on the Rubio situation. He thinks the Timberwolves shouldn’t be too anxious to trade Rubio. The team should first experiment on a Rubio and Dunn pairing.
“Remember, the T-Wolves are going to have some higher expectations this year. People want to see this team take a big step forward,” said Anthony, via Bleacher Report. “I’m not ready to just completely commit that ‘Kris Dunn is going to be the guy, it’s time for Rubio out’ because I think there is an opportunity for Rubio and Kris Dunn to come together and make this work.”
Despite his exceptional passing abilities, Rubio has never been the best shooter on the team.
The 25-year-old El Masnou native has a career 36.8 percent from the field and 31.8 percent from the three-point line. Those figures are below average for a starting point guard in today’s NBA.