Ricky Rubio is playing the best basketball of his NBA career


SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – It took a little while for him to get going, but Ricky Rubio is in a groove. In his last 17 games, Rubio is averaging 16.8 points, 6.8 assists and just 2.6 turnovers. He admits this is the best he’s played in his entire career.

“When you get to a new team and a new system, you’ve got to learn a lot of things,” Rubio said. “They threw a lot at me. It was the first time changing franchises here in the NBA, and I was trying to get to know every teammate, and it took some time.”

One teammate he’s really gotten to know is Donovan Mitchell. These guys look like they’ve been playing together for years.

“The chemistry has been building all year long, and I think that we’re at that point where we know each other,” Rubio said. “We know what we want to do, and t feels good.”

“We’re flowing right now,” Mitchell said. “I listen to him a lot. He already knows where I’m supposed to be.”

Mitchell grew up watching Rubio play, and has credited Rubio for helping him develop into a star.

“I call him the magazine boy,” Mitchell said. “He was everywhere. Growing up, everybody knew Ricky Rubio as the pretty boy from Spain. But coming here was like a new life. A lot of people are saying he can’t shoot. Well, he just had 30 last night, so what do you mean he can’t shoot?”

Now in his 7th year in the NBA, Rubio is playing the best basketball of his career. He’s also on the verge of making the playoffs for the very first time.

“It’s been a great second half of the season, and we’re getting better,” Rubio said. “We have a chance to not just make the playoffs but get a good seed.”

“You can see he wants it,” added Mitchell. “You can see he’s eager to get there and you just feed off of that. Also, he promised me a pair of headphones if we make the playoffs, so it will be special for both of us.”

The Jazz host the Clippers Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.

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