Is Ricky Rubio Underrated?

A day after Ricky Rubio scored a season-high 18 points on 5 of 14 shooting and 1 of 7 from three in a loss to the Nuggets, BBallBreakdown released a video about the super-talented but disappointing Wolves and their starting point guard, Ricky Rubio. Since the release of the video, the Wolves had an easy win over the Bucks, behind 5 points and 9 assists from Rubio, then lost to the Blazers as Rubio had his second 0-5 shooting performance of the season.

Now, the purpose of this post isn't to bash Rubio or disagree with Coach Nick and Seerat Sohi at BBallbreakdown, it's to start a conversation about Rubio, who seems to be hated by the casual basketball fan and loved by teammates. After back-to-back games of 10 assists with 0 turnovers, Zach LaVine called Rubio the "leader" of the team. Before the win over the Bucks, former teammate Michael Beasley said, “You kind of take it for granted how good he is until you watch him play, then you’re like, ‘Damn. Ricky is awesome, and underrated as hell.”

Yes, his shooting % of .355 is awful and a little confusing since he's made 49 of his last 50 free throws. And yes, his defense is as bad as people mistakenly think James Harden's defense is. And yes, the Wolves have a future star in Kris Dunn, who would greatly benefit from the Wolves trading or benching Rubio. But are the Wolves a better team without Rubio and his 8.2 assists (3.6 assists to turnover ratio) per game?

Be sure to click here to read more about Rubio from BBallBreakdown.