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Is Ricky Rubio The NBA's Second Best Rookie?

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio has been about as good as everyone had hoped when the team drafted him a couple of seasons ago. He's meshed well with the team while moving into the starting lineup and, as a bonus, added a bit of flash to Rick Adelman's offense.

That apparently isn't enough to make him the top rookie in his class, however, according to Rohan Cruyff's rookie power rankings. To wit:

That Minnesota's recent slide coincides with Rubio's shooting slump doesn't necessarily imply the latter has single-handedly caused the former, but Rubio's 13-37 performance this week certainly hasn't helped matters. His assists have been down too (the fact that a 7.8 APG average on the week deflates his seasonal figures is a testament to just how good he has been).

That's fair, of course, but is he actually worse than Kyrie Irving? For what it's worth, Derrick Williams dropped out of the rankings as Klay Thompson and MarshOn Brooks replaced him.

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