Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio tied the franchise record for assists in a single game on Wednesday night during the team’s 119-105 win over the Houston Rockets with 17 dimes leading to a basket. The 17-assist night comes just two days after Rubio dished out a 15-assist performance against the Dallas Mavericks.
In traditional Rubio fashion, he finished the game with just five shots taken, while dishing out more assists than shots attempted. He finished with his second consecutive double-double for the first time all season, giving him four total on the year.
Entering play on Wednesday, the ‘Wolves point man was averaging 7.3 points, 7.4 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game. Despite his prowess as a “pass-first” point guard, Rubio is yet to have a season in his career where his assists output is higher than his point total. But after a promising season (by his standards) from long range last season, he is back to shooting just 26.6 percent from long range to open 2016-17.
When he missed time earlier in the year with an elbow injury, Minnesota got a glimpse into its future with 2016’s No.5 overall pick Kris Dunn starting at the point. Rubio, a former fifth overall pick himself once, now is the veteran who has held off 2015’s first-round pick in Tyus Jones and Dunn to open the season.
Despite Minnesota playing all five members of their starting five at least 31 minutes per game, they have opened the season 13-26. They are just a game and a half out of the cellar of the Western Conference, which may only stoke the flames of talk about Rubio suiting up for another team for the first time in his career.