Then and Now: Ricky Rubio pic.twitter.com/bYpOdKpVHn
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) August 25, 2017
I posted this image and tweet back in August. On the top half of the graphic is Ricky Rubio, the clean-cut looking Wolves point guard that defenders dared to shoot and Dads introduced their daughters to. On the bottom is Ricky Rubio, bearded, tattoo-covered international baller that makes Dads buy shotguns and not allow their daughters to travel overseas with promiscuous friends.
On Monday, that hairy point guard put up 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting in just 15 minutes (all in the first half) of action in a 120-102 win over the Phoenix Suns. More shocking than him shooting 80% from the field and 50% (2-4) from three is he had a donut in the assists column…and just one assist in his last game. That means the Jazz point guard is averaging .5 assists in his last two preseason games; John Stockton is turning in his short-shorts. Young Deron Williams would even be bothered by that number if he wasn’t so busy complaining about what happened to himself over the past five years.
“I tried to be more aggressive for the games before, look more for my shot and get the feeling.” Said Rubio, who scored the Jazz’ first nine points of the game on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting. “It’s preseason and trying to find out how my teammates play. A new system, a new coach, but at the end of the day I’ve got to play my game.”
All jokes aside, the man who said he grew up obsessed with Michael Jordan and told his Mom he wanted to be black (seriously), is a bigger threat on offense than most people give him credit for. He was a Fan Duel favorite of mine in the second half of last season, when he put up 20+ in four straight games and ended March with a 21 & 11 and 33 & 10 performance. He also had 26 & 12 in Utah in the final week of the season and maybe that’s why he’s in a Jazz uniform now. As for the hair and beard, I don’t know but I like it. I wouldn’t let him sign an autograph for my daughters but if I was the Jazz, I would be happy I signed him this summer.
Rubio scored a then career-high 24 against the Suns in 2013