Skip to main content

Andrew Wiggins, Ricky Rubio named to SI's list of top 100 NBA players

  • Author:
  • Updated:

For the better part of two years we've been hearing about the talent in this young core of Minnesota Timberwolves players.

It appears some others are starting to take notice. Sports Illustrated is counting down the 100 greatest NBA players for 2016-17 this week. So far, it has released the first half of the candidates, and it includes a pair of Timberwolves.

No. 71 – Ricky Rubio

Rubio has climbed 17 spots from his No. 87 ranking on last year's list, but SI's Rob Mahoney says he's a tough one to rank.

"Rubio is a first-class player in two crucial regards (playmaking, perimeter defense) and sorely lacking in another (scoring). Where that leaves his overall game is a matter of disagreement. Rubio characterizes such an extreme in both regards that his contributions can only be fully understood within an actual team context."

No. 67 – Andrew Wiggins

Wiggins was a bigger jumper in this year's top 100 than Rubio. He was No. 91 last year and climbed all the way up to No. 67. He has shown an ability to score – he's one of five NBA players 21 or younger that averaged more than 20 points a game last year.

Still though, SI notes there are some big areas for him to improve.

"The next steps are straightforward: cut down on the long twos, improve as a catch-and-shoot option from outside, take a step forward as a distributor in pick-and-roll scenarios and gobble up every piece of defensive advice new coach Tom Thibodeau has to offer."

While there was no mention of Karl-Anthony Towns or any other Timberwolves – yet. Half of the list is still to come, so stay tuned.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-24 at 5.21.04 PM

Ex-South St. Paul coach dies by suicide 2 days before sentencing

Matthew McCollister was to be sentenced for fraud in federal court on Wednesday.


Minnesota 'glampground' named one of 10 best in U.S.

In Nevis, Minnesota, campers can stay in a refurbished 1905 train car.

Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 9.04.12 AM

Two men charged over terrifying armed robbery at Newport apartment

They shot the woman who lives in the apartment in the abdomen, and put a gun to a man's head.

Minneapolis police

Minneapolis 2-year-old identified in suspicious death case

The cause of death has not yet been revealed due to an ongoing investigation.

Arianna Vos

Victim of wrong-way driver crash ID'd as Hutchinson 19-year-old

Three women, ages 19, 20 and 20, were in the vehicle struck by a wrong-way driver early Sunday morning.

Julissa Thaler

Eli Hart killing: Police investigating multiple crime scenes

An announcement Tuesday confirmed potential crime scenes in Mound and Minnetrista.

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota strike.

Twin Cities mental health workers gather for 1-day strike

More than 400 mental health workers are participating in the unionized strike on Tuesday.

Bloomington Fire

HAZMAT team at Bloomington hotel following chemical spill in pool

The fire department said two hotel employees are being evaluated by paramedics.

Screen Shot 2022-03-24 at 9.21.32 AM

Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities gets $6M of Mackenzie Scott donation

The donation is the largest the organization has ever seen from a single individual.

Hennepin Avenue S.

Minneapolis accused of backtracking on 24/7 bus lanes for Hennepin Ave.

The Minneapolis City Council is set to vote on Thursday.

Pexels - face mask covid holding

Duluth brings back masking in city buildings amid COVID surge

Duluth, in one of the state's current COVID hotspots, has brought back a mask requirement in city buildings.