The NBA's international man of mystery just a month ago, Timberwolves rookie Ricky Rubio's court vision and basketball sense no longer are secrets.

Neither, perhaps surprisingly, is his defense.

Rubio's reputation for fancy playmaking far preceded his arrival on these shores, but nobody knew how those active hands, gambler's sensibilities and suspect foot speed on display professionally in Europe all these years would translate at this level on the court's opposite end.