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Can Ricky Rubio and the Minnesota Timberwolves save each other?
That is the question after news broke Wednesday that the Wolves have finally signed Rubio — the fifth pick in the 2009 NBA draft — to a contract.
Two years ago, before the draft, the answer was clearer: Rubio was supposed to be the Wolves’ savior. Then an 18-year-old international sensation, the 6-4, 180-pound point guard from Barcelona had been a starter in the best basketball league in Europe since the age of 16. He also more than held his own playing against NBA point guards Chris Paul and Jason Kidd in the 2008 Olympics.
Scouts compared Rubio to everyone from Pete Maravich to Steve Nash. He was the consensus No. 2 pick on ESPN.com’s Top 100 for the entire year. While scouts said he needed to get stronger and work on his jump shot, the general accord was he was going to be a star.
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