In not even two weeks of NBA action, it's become clear that Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio has elite court vision. There are few players in the league better suited to lead a fast break, and his teammates seem to recognize his special gifts. Already, they seem to be comfortable with him handling the ball in big moments.
Apparently no one told Anthony Randolph. In the second quarter of Minnesota's 90-86 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, Randolph grabbed a steal, after which Rubio made himself clearly available for an outlet pass, even putting his hands up to stress the right play. Ever the genius, Randolph instead decided he was the man for the job, dribbled over midcourt, and found Wayne Ellington for a questionable transition three-pointer. Rick Adelman apparently didn't like the play, because he subbed out Randolph on the next possession.
Randolph has loads of talent, but plays like this one will continue to limit his minutes. Or maybe he just hasn't met Rubio yet. Someone should probably introduce them.