Rubio Sets Wolves' Single-Season Steals Record
With 10 games to go, Wolves point guard Ricky Rubio set a franchise record for steals in a single season on Sunday night in Brooklyn. Rubio picked off a pass from Joe Johnson intended for Shaun Livingston early in the first quarter and collected his 176th steal of the year, passing Ty Corbin’s franchise record of 175 that he’s held since the team’s inaugural season of 1989-90.
Rubio collected two steals on the night and now leads the NBA in total steals with 177. His 2.46 steals per game average is second in the league to Chris Paul’s 2.55. We’ll see those two go head-to-head tonight as the Wolves host the Clippers at Target Center beginning with a 7 p.m. tipoff on Fox Sports North and 830 WCCO-AM.
Rubio’s been a steals machine since joining the team in 2011-12. He’s recorded 405 in 170 career games, an average of 2.4 over his career. This year he’s averaging a career-best , and he’s doing so in far more games played. He’s started all 72 games this season for the Wolves.
Of course, Rubio said after the game he wished the feat would have come under different circumstances.
“I’m just trying to do my job,” Rubio said. “If that comes, it’s wonderful. But I’d rather win more games than have the stats.”