The Timberwolves' season fell into the dumpster around the time Rubio suffered an ugly ankle injury in early November. Without his underrated defense and otherworldly passing, the Timberwolves limped to a 6-36 record while the boyishly handsome Spaniard recovered. When Rubio returned, the difference was immediate — and stark. The Timberwolves promptly ripped off a three-game winning streak and played several of the NBA's best teams to close, hard-fought losses. The contrast demonstrated the obvious impact a competent point guard can have on a basketball team. When healthy, Rubio is breathtakingly creative, demonstrating a savant's basketball sense with flurries of no-look passes.