Web Editorial Associate
The 2016-17 NBA season got off to a rocky start for Ricky Rubio. In the first week of the season, Rubio suffered an elbow injury that sidelined him for five of the first seven games.
Rubio will be the first to admit that injury impacted the way he played in the first month or so of the season.
But in the last three months, mainly the month of March, Rubio is clearly healthy once again. And man, he is playing at another level.
In March alone, Rubio put up numbers that we haven’t seen from the Spaniard since he arrived in the NBA in 2011.
Let’s take a look behind the sixth-year point guard’s career-best month.
In March, where Rubio and the Wolves played in 14 games, Rubio averaged 17.8 points, 10.4 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game. He also shot 47.2 percent from the field, 43.9 percent from three and shot 92.9 percent from the free throw line.
How does that stack up against other months throughout Rubio’s career?
Rubio’s 17.8 points in a month is the highest of his career, topping his average of 14.2 points per game in April of 2014 and 14.1 points in March of 2013.
His 10.4 assists match his average of 10.4 assists in February of this season. His next highest average in a month came in February of 2014, when he averaged 10.1 assists per game.
Rubio also shot the ball better than ever in March. His 47.2 percent shooting from the field in 14 games is the highest of his career, topping his 43.5 percent mark Rubio accomplished in March of last season.
His 43.9 percent from behind the arc is also a career-best, topping the time he shot 40 percent from three in April of 2013.
Finally, Rubio shot 92.9 percent from the free throw line, which is the second-highest of his career. He shot 97.1 percent from the line in December of this season.
If that isn’t enough for you, Rubio also set two career-highs during the month of March. Rubio reached a new career-high and set a Wolves franchise record in assists with 19 on March 13 in a win over the Washington Wizards. Later that month, Rubio tallied a career-best 33 points in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers.
And in March alone, Rubio was one of four players in the NBA to average 16-plus points and 10-plus assists per game. The other three players? James Harden, Russell Westbrook and John Wall.
“Some nights you see things a little different and things get easier,” said Rubio, who is averaging 10.9 points and nine assists this season, both career-bests. “I’m just going out there and having fun.”
March was a month to remember for Rubio, and he’s looking to keep that trend going for the rest of the season. And if the rest of the season is anything like last month, it will be a treat to watch.
One More Home Game Left
The Wolves will play five of their last six regular season games on the road to close out the year.
Mixed in the middle of that stretch is Minnesota’s final home game at Target Center on April 11 against Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The game is Fan Appreciation Night and, in case you haven’t heard, the Wolves are set to unveil their new logo during a special halftime performance. Also, all fans in attendance will receive a commemorative t-shirt with the new identity featured.
Make sure to get your tickets to see the unveiling of the fourth identity in the Wolves’ 28-year history on April 11 at Target Center.