John Wall and the “It” Factor

I read these comments by the Sports Guy recently.

“You know what would be really funny? Minnesota ending up with the No. 1 pick in the spring. Again, I love Rubio … but John Wall is a sure thing. He’s a cross between Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. You keep Wall over Rubio 100 times out of 100. Watching David Kahn sheepishly shop Rubio’s rights a year late would be high comedy. Look, we still love Ricky; this doesn’t change how we feel about him. But when you have a chance to add Rudy Fernandez and Nicolas Batum to your team, you have to do it.”

Can you believe that? Draft a point guard who can’t pass or run an offense, one that is too skinny, and can’t shoot. Why would you draft this kid? Well simply because John Wall has “it.” You know that special ingredient great players have that separates them from mere mortals. “It” is the combination of hard work, refusal to lose, and so much talent that said player gives you a greater appreciation for the game no matter how much you want to hate him or the team he plays for. I will disagree with the Sports Guy though; I do not believe he is correct when he says you need to trade Ricky Rubio. Don’t trade anyone to make room for John Wall! John Wall will make room for himself.

Great players overcome all obstacles and they will be great no matter if they have to play their natural position or a new position. Heck some greats don’t have a natural position (see Dwayne Wade, A.I., and Kevin Durant). All three of the guys I just mentioned had huge flaws coming into the draft. In all three cases they never fixed their flaws; Wade still can’t shoot, A.I. still isn’t tall, and Kevin Durant didn’t un-skinny himself. Yet they all have become franchise players. They did this just like John Wall will do so. They did so because they all had the special something; they all had “it.”

So T-Wolves listen up! If we are lucky enough to be picking first on draft night, do not worry about having too many guards, how they will coexist, or anything else. You just make sure the only two names called by the commissioner are John and Wall.
So what says you Wolves fans, if the Wolves do have the #1 pick do they need to move Rubio? Do they trade the pick? Or do they go in a different direction than John Wall?

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