Ricky Rubio hopes to spark Jazz offense

New Jazz point guard is known an an elite playmaker

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) -  With the Jazz searching to find an identity on offense during trainin camp, new point guard Ricky Rubio should make the team fun to watch.

"I'm really excited to bring what I bring to the table for this team to get better," said Rubio, who was traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves this past summer.

It's been a while since the Jazz had a pass-first point guard that's not really looking to score, and that has the scorers pumped up.

"Just playing against Ricky, you understand how tough it is," said guard Rodney Hood. "He always has his head up. He's looking to get assists. He wants you to score the ball, so it's different."

"I'm excited," said center Rudy Gobert. "I think it's going to be great to have someone that kind of vision. There's not a lot of players in this league that can pass like he does."

"I think he's going to set the offense up this year," added power forward Derrick Favors. "Set guys up a lot to get easier baskets. We all know he's a good passer and he's a smart guy."

Joe Ingles knows Rubio pretty well having played with him in Rubio's home country of Spain.

"He was like Justin Bieber," Ingles said. "It was awesome. His style of play, he was never going to come in and average 30 points per game as a top-10 pick. But he's great at getting other guys involved and he's great defensively."

The knock on Rubio is his 3-point shot where he made just 31 percent last season, but he's been working hard on that this summer.

"The game is changing a little bit, and they are shooting more threes, and I've got to adapt to that," Rubio said. "So, I took this summer especially to really improve in that area."

Rubio is one of seven international players on the Jazz roster, and he's thrilled to be a part of such a big influx of players from other countries who have come to the NBA.

"It's good to have international players bringing culture and bringing a different type of basketball from anywhere in the world," Rubio said. "We come here because this is the best league in the world."

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