Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
Three hundred and sixty-one days after tearing his ACL, Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio is finally starting to look like his old self. However, that makes it the perfect time to trade the 22-year-old.
Because while Rubio's production is strong in several categories, he also has some glaring flaws that can hurt fantasy teams and an environment that isn't conducive to success.
First, let's look at the positives. Rubio leads the NBA in assists and steals over the last 30 days with 126 assists and 42 steals in 13 games.
Rubio also is averaging 13.4 ppg and 5.2 rebounds per game and making 77.4 percent of his free throws in that span.
While his first 15 games back were an unmitigated disaster -- 4.2 ppg on 23 percent shooting -- his recent stretch has pulled his season averages back to respectability.
Assists and steals are difficult to come by -- only three active players are averaging at least 8.0 assists and just four players are producing at least 2.0 steals per game this season. That means Rubio should carry significant trade value, especially if you focus on his averages over the last 13 games.
Unfortunately, as Rubio has gotten healthy, his teammates have been dropping all around him.
Kevin Love broke his hand for a second time shortly before Rubio returned to action and he remains out for at least another two weeks.
Minnesota also will be without Nikola Pekovic (abdominal strain) and Andrei Kirilenko (calf strain) for at least another week.
That means Rubio will be heavily supported by players such as Alexey Shved, Mickael Gelabale, Chris Johnson, Derrick Williams, Dante Cunningham and Greg Stiemsma.
Rubio also has turned the ball over 4.2 times per game over the last 30 days, second-worst in the NBA to Kobe Bryant. And he has only shot 37.4 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from the 3-point line during that stretch.
Rubio relies heavily on getting to the rim and generating fouls -- he's shooting just .283 on jumpers this season -- so not having a skilled big man like Pekovic will make things even more difficult offensively for the point guard, both shooting and passing the ball.