Found October 27, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
The time for Ricky Rubio to leap into the top echelon of NBA point guards could be upon us. Rubio has delivered shot-making and defensive skills during the exhibition season this fall to go along with his usual assortment of dazzling passes for the Timberwolves, who open their 25th season against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at Target Center. Most important, he's healthy. It might seem as if Rubio has been around for a long time -- he was plucked by the Wolves with the fifth overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft -- but he has played in just 98 NBA games. He turned 23 last week. Still, as the Wolves attempt to return to the NBA playoffs after a nine-year absence, Rubio is the guy in charge in the backcourt. Forward Kevin Martin was familiar with Rubio as an opponent and welcomed joining him as a teammate after he came over from the Oklahoma City Thunder during the offseason. "We're going to have a lot of fun together, just the plays he can make," Martin ...
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