Former NBA guard and current Phoenix Suns assistant coach Steve Blake says Ricky Rubio is “an ultimate point guard.”
Rubio signed a three-year, $51 million contract with the Suns this summer after playing the past two seasons on the Utah Jazz. The Suns have been looking for a starting-caliber point guard ever since they traded Eric Bledsoe to the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2017-18 season. Rubio is one of the best passers in the game. His presence alone on the Suns will allow shooting guard Devin Booker to focus on scoring the ball instead of running the offense and scoring.
“Management made some great changes for our roster this year,” Steve Blake said on Glenn Clark Radio. “Ricky Rubio is an ultimate point guard, pass-first guy that’s gonna create and make guys have fun when they’re on the court.
“And we have a couple guys who are going to demand a double-team, so I think we’re surrounding those players with guys that can help us win.”
Rubio averaged 12.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists last season with the Jazz while shooting 40.4 percent from the field, 31.1 percent from beyond the arc and 85.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Booker has established himself as one of the best young scorers in the league. He put up 26.6 points last season.
The Suns are excited to see how lethal of a scorer Booker is going to be in 2019-20 with Rubio setting up the offense. Young big man Deandre Ayton should also feast in the paint with Rubio dishing him the ball in pick-and-roll actions.