As of today, the Minnesota Timberwolves now have five players show up on #NBARank: Malcolm Lee (#404), Alexey Shved (#333), Dante Cunningham (#298), Greg Stiemsma (#270) and now Luke Ridnour (#194).
Luke Ridnour played 53 games last year and started all 53 of them. He began the season as Minnesota's starting point guard, after 10 games, Ricky Rubio made his debut and Luke moved over to shooting guard. For the next 30+ games the TWolves backcourt was Ricky & Luke. Then, of course, Rubio went down for the season and Luke moved back to point guard, before turning his ankle in a game vs. the Kings and missing the last 10 games. Just in case you wanted a full rundown of where & when he played.
Ridnour is one of the true good guys in the League and I've got to say, I'm shocked that he's ranked lower than he was last season. He's also ranked 0.10 lower than he was a season ago. Even though he had one of the best seasons of his career (and it was statistically better than last year).
At this time Ridnour is still on the roster, but I'd say there's a very good chance that he'll be playing elsewhere when the season begins in late October and if he IS still on the team, I have serious doubts that he will be for the remainder of the year. His name has been floated around in a number of trade rumors as the TWolves are reportedly looking to dump either him or J.J. in return or so they can, sign another big man and potentially another wing.
That's all for now, as of today there are still eight Timberwolves players that haven't shown up on #NBARank, so you can expect eight more of these posts. Until then, thanks for reading HOWL and GO WOLVES!