Enter Ricky Rubio.
In maybe the first real surprise of free agency, Rubio is headed to Phoenix. Most sources had him headed to Indiana, but the Pacers struck a deal for Malcolm Brogdon, and Rubio is going to the Valley of the Suns. Shams Charania of The Athletic broke the story.
While fans think of Rubio as a guy without a jump shot, and it’s not consistent, he is one of the better floor generals in the game today. He defends well, makes the smart — and occasionally spectacular — pass, and he averaged 12.7 points and 6.1 assists per game last season. He’s a considerable upgrade over what the Suns had, and that is about the going rate for a starting point guard.
Rubio makes the Suns better. How much better (in a deep West) will depend more on the development of players around Rubio in Phoenix, but the Suns will be better.