Second Team - Ricky Rubio, Minnesota
Rubio's playmaking drew more plaudits during his rookie season, but he was most valuable to the Timberwolves on the defensive end of the floor. Minnesota allowed 7.0 fewer points per 100 possessions with Rubio on the floor, per BasketballValue.com. Rubio is skilled at playing the passing lanes and ranked third in the league in steal rate. His size was also a major asset against smaller players. When Rubio was beaten, he was still a threat to alter a shot from behind.
— Basketball Prospectus names Ricky Rubio as the 2nd team Every Play Counts All Defensive PG.