October 12, 2019, 4:55 pmDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Ricky Rubio will miss Saturday's preseason game versus the Blazers due to rest.
The Suns will take a strong look at their reserve unit and will give ample opportunity to players on the bubble of making the roster. A starting lineup should be announced shortly.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
October 9, 2019, 1:10 amDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton double-doubled in 21 minutes in a win over the Wolves on Tuesday, putting up 18 points (9-of-14 FGs), 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Ayton looks ready to start his sophomore season off with a bang, which would certainly justify his top-25 ADP. Plus, Ricky Rubio could help him reach the next level. Draft Ayton starting in the late second round with confidence.
October 9, 2019, 12:52 amDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker played just 21 minutes on Tuesday in a 111-106 win over the Wolves, but that was enough for him to toss up 15 points (4-for-8 FGs, 6-for-7 FTs), four rebounds, five assists and a three.
Booker did turn it over five times to Ricky Rubio's one. Rubio also had five assists and actually took 13 shots in 20 minutes in what might be the only time we ever see him exceed Booker's shot total. It sounds like it was a successful first game for the new backcourt mates.
October 2, 2019, 8:56 amRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio is ready to embrace the new challenge in his career after signing with the Suns in the offseason and he looks forward to being more vocal with his teammates.
“There’s a lot of young guys and experience gives you something that you know when to talk, when not to talk. I’m trying to do that and be more vocal out on the court, but at the same time lead by example, too.” The MVP of the FIBA World Cup is entering the camp with great confidence and it’s nice to see him fit already in a role that the Suns have been looking for the last few years. He is an interesting pick in the mid to late rounds of the draft with his assists likely to increase in a place where a lot of mouths need to be fed.
September 15, 2019, 10:00 amRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio capped off an impressive tournament run with a gold medal for Spain and tournament MVP honors, culminating in a 20 points, seven rebounds and three assists performance in a win over Argentina.
Rubio was dominant all tournament long serving as Spain's number one option on offense as well as being the main playmaker as well. Though he will likely be a bit gassed heading into training camp in a few weeks, one should view his performance this summer as a net positive. Keep him on your radar towards the ends of drafts.
September 13, 2019, 12:39 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio approached a triple-double in the semi-final win over Australia with 19 points, seven boards and 12 assists in 38 minutes.
It was another big line for Rubio in the semis, who has been a stalwart for this Spanish run to the finals. He was inefficient from the field (6-of-19) but ran the offense well and should be a factor again in the final game.
September 10, 2019, 10:48 amRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio scored 19 points and added five rebounds and nine assists, as Spain defeated Poland 90-78 to advance to the World Cup Semifinals.
Rubio has been exceptional in the tournament, successfully guiding a veteran team that was expected to compete for one of the medals. Spain will now face the winner of the Australia – Czech Republic matchup.
September 8, 2019, 10:49 amRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio took a leading role again in Spain's 81-69 win over Serbia, scoring 19 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers.
This was a convincing win for Spain against a Serbian team that was widley regarded as the biggest threat outside of the United States in the tournament. Ultimately Spain's impressive depth prevailed, and Rubio as the orchestrator of the offense is a big reason why. He's one of the more reliable PG's going late in standard league drafts.
September 6, 2019, 12:39 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio scored 15 points and turned the ball over seven times in 25 minutes in a low-scoring win over Italy on Friday.
Rubio didn't have a great outing in this one, but neither did anyone else of note. Marc Gasol was generally invisible as well, scoring a silent two points in 27 minutes of action. Juan Hernangomez led Spain with 16 points.
August 31, 2019, 2:23 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio hit 6-of-11 shots for 17 points, nine assists, two steals and three triples in 22 minutes as Spain crushed Tunisia 101-62 on Saturday.
Rubio’s strong play from the exhibition matches continues as Spain showed why they are one of the best teams in the tournament. Marc Gasol also played 24 minutes with 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block while the Hernangomez brothers chipped in as well as Willy had an 8-7-5 line in 16 minutes while Juancho scored 13 with eight rebounds in 19 minutes. NBA free agent Salah Mejri was Tunisia’s best player with 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes but also had five turnovers.
August 28, 2019, 4:22 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Former NBA player and assistant coach of the Suns, Steve Blake, had high praise when talking about Ricky Rubio.
Blake joins the Suns staff after breaking into the coaching ranks with the Blazers in 2017. Having played 14 seasons in the league at the point guard position, Blake's words should carry some weight in regards to Rubio's outlook. Yes, coaches will always hype up their players. However, it is very clear that Rubio is a huge upgrade over anyone that played the position last season. Blake, in part, summarized the move on Glenn Clark Radio by saying, "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."
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter
August 27, 2019, 7:50 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio scored 25 points with eight assists for Spain in Tuesday's exhibition win over Argentina.
Rubio's 25 points were an international career-high for him. Spain will play the second leg of a back-to-back with their final exhibition game on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Marc Gasol sat this one out. Spain will begin their FIBA World Cup games on Saturday.
August 17, 2019, 11:39 amKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker leads US in 90-81 victory over Spain on Friday.
Walker impressed in the exhibition with 11 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and two steals in 22 minutes with Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and Khris Middleton also playing well as his co-stars. Four Celtics are expected to be on the final roster which will serve as a great opportunity for Walker to develop a good rapport with his new teammates ahead of training camp. Marc Gasol was the top scorer for Spain with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks while Ricky Rubio finished with 16 points, seven assists and five steals.
July 8, 2019, 10:46 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio is now officially a Sun after the team announced his signing on Monday.
Rubio is in a great situation as the expected starting point guard of a young Suns squad that likes to run. He's in for a bounce-back season if he can avoid the minor injuries that set him back in his 2018-19 campaign.
Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter
June 30, 2019, 6:33 pmRicky RubioPG, Phoenix Suns
Ricky Rubio has agreed to a three-year, $51 million deal with the Suns.
Rubio was widely expected to end up in Indiana but the Pacers' sign-and-trade for Malcolm Brogdon took them out of the running there. Instead, Rubio will head to Phoenix, who have long needed a cerebral point guard that can corral the young Suns when they get into frantic mode. His stat set tends to travel and he'll be playing in a run-and-gun system with plenty of talented youngsters, so it's a solid landing spot for fantasy purposes.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter