Minnesotas improvement will be huge with Rubio in the lineup. I think the key for them is their outside shooting. They should really be looking to acquire a solid shooting starting SG before the deadline, so they can keep their bench in tact. They have some pieces they can move too(Ridnour/Barea, Williams), without really hurting their bench. If they get a starting SG, they'll still have Barea or Ridnour, Shved, Howard, Cunningham, and Stiemsma off their bench. Theyre a shoe in for the playoffs unless injuries happen again. I really like their team.
The Lakers will make the playoffs. I have no doubts.