Ricky Rubio is a great passer of the basketball. Everybody who knows as little as just Rubio's name knows that he can pass the ball, it's like a positive stereotype of the Spaniard.
Rubio is fun to watch, but according to ESPN, one scout has called him one of the most overrated players in the whole NBA.
NBA Insider Chris Broussard went out and asked who was the most overrated and underrated players in the league. Chris Bosh and Goran Dragic were put in the latter, whilst the Minnesota Timberwolve was the first name out in the former.
"Part of why he's overrated is the 'Rubio thing," the scout said. "If he was Ricky Rubio from Wichita State, there'd be no conversation about him. But since he came over with so much hype, he gets scrutinized more than he otherwise would."
"If you watch Minnesota closely, you'll see that he doesn't even finish games. It's one of the biggest contentions within that organization -- the fact that Rubio doesn't finish the games. It drives management crazy because he's their guy."
"He's supposed to be their future. They tried like crazy to trade [backup] J.J. Barea at the trade deadline, and that's one of the reasons why, because Barea's been finishing games."
"I like the way he passes and runs a team, but his lack of shooting ability is really an issue. If you've got four capable scorers on the floor, you can kind of get away with him, but if not, Rubio gets exposed."
"Guys back off of Rubio. He shot an air ball 3-pointer the other night, missing it by 3 feet. It landed in the paint. He's good in transition and he can make plays in the open court, but in the playoffs, when the game gets slower and compressed, you don't have to guard that guy and he becomes a liability."
Rubio has never averaged more than 10 points a game in a season in his career, so the criticisms about his shooting are well warranted.
The lack of him finishing is scary though. If this man is truly one of the franchise men at the Timberwolves then he needs to be on in the clutch plays, and he won't stay a main man if another player starts stealing the headlines in Minnesota.