Despite everyone being so convinced the Minnesota Timberwolves will draft a big man with their number one overall pick, there’s a chance they go in a different direction: Taking D’Angelo Russell (point guard) out of Ohio State which will lead to trading Ricky Rubio.

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Overall, Rubio is a disappointment. A fantastic passer in both quantity (8.8 per game last season) and in flair, but he’s regressed as a defender and hasn’t moved forward an inch as a shooter. In the kind of league the NBA is becoming, it’s impossible to have a ball dominant player teams aren’t afraid to leave wide open outside the paint.

So while there’s Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns to choose from, maybe the Timberwolves go in a different direction and take someone like Russell who might not be as flashy with his passes as Rubio is, but he’s a much better shooter (41.1% from beyond the arc) and might be able to add a certain dimension to the Timberwolves they’ve been lacking with Rubio, who has just one full NBA season under his belt, playing just 22 games last year.

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It’s not automatic. Rubio has four years worth $55 million. He’s popular with the fanbase and valued by the franchise as still a cornerstone going forward. He’s only 24 (been playing pro basketball for almost 10 years), but in the business of getting better, if the Timberwolves receive a nice offer which helps them get better immediately, don’t be surprised if they pull the trigger on it AND take Russell in the draft.