Minnesota Timberwolves‘ point guard Ricky Rubio was becoming one of the more popular basketball players in the world even before entering the NBA.
And why not?
Rubio is a fantastic floor leader, great passer and fun to watch.
However, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com, at least one scout considers Rubio overrated.
Western conference scout: “Part of why he’s overrated is the ‘Rubio thing.’ 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.
Rubio is averaging 8.9 points, 8.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game this season.