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Timberwolves Season Preview: Ricky Rubio Among NBA's Most Interesting Plotlines

With only two more days until the 2011-12 NBA season SB Nation is ramping up its preseason storylines. According to NBA writer Mike Prada, Ricky Rubio is one of the most important people in the NBA going into the season. The Timberwolves' point guard rates as one of the most important rising stars in the league:

These are three young point guards poised to become stars this season, but all have different obstacles to overcome. For Rubio, it's the weight of expectations, as well as his own issues as a scoring threat. His passing is great, but he has to prove he can hit a jump shot and finish himself at the rim to keep the defense honest.

Rubio is one of three young point guards that is expected to make an impact this season. Cleveland's Kyrie Irving and Washington's John Wall were two other breakout players that are expected to have a similar impact to Rubio.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.