Utah Jazz: Top 10 story lines to watch for in 2017-18

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 9: Rudy Gobert (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Spain’s guard Ricky Rubio reacts after his team’s defeat in the FIBA Eurobasket 2017 men’s semi-final basketball match between Spain and Slovenia at the Fenerbahce Ulker Sport Arena in Istanbul on September 14, 2017. OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images /

Will Ricky Rubio benefit from a change of scenery?

I’ve said several times that I believe that Ricky Rubio will have a break out season in 2017-18. He certainly has a lot to prove, but I’m excited to (hopefully) see him prove me right next year.

Rubio has always been an effective point guard who can run an offense with ease and set up his teammates beautifully as evidenced by his 9.1 assists per game last season. However, his shooting efficiency and overall scoring ability has certainly left much to be desired. While he most definitely was far from the only one to blame, Rubio’s offensive struggles were part of several reasons why his Minnesota Timberwolves team never qualified for the playoffs with him at the point.

However, a change of scenery could very well prove to be extremely beneficial for Rubio. Much like George Hill had a career year in his brief stop with the Jazz, Utah’s system, the organization’s confidence in Rubio and a likely strong chemistry with his teammates could result in Ricky having the best year of his career as well.

Some may view that as a long shot and perhaps it will be. However, seeing what Quin Snyder will be able to do with Rubio is going to be fantastic, and his ability to improve his game could very well determine just what kind of heights the Jazz reach next season. Rubio has always been an entertaining player and seeing if he’s able to improve even further in a new environment will be a significant story line for 2017-18.