Reason 38: Rajon Rondo’s continued improved play
When Rajon Rondo came out of the 2006 NBA Draft, he was looked at as a solid, but not elite point guard. He played two seasons at his home-town Kentucky Wildcats before leaving and being selected 21st overall by the Phoenix Suns, which was later traded to the Boston Celtics. Merry Christmas Boston. He was preceded by the likes of Sam Cassell and Delonte West, so the Celtics were hoping for some big production out of the 6’0″ point guard. Well, as the time went on, he didn’t disappoint Big Green’s fans. He played a supporting role before establishing himself as the starting point guard in only his second year in the NBA. That season (2007-08), Rondo received his first NBA championship ring. His breakout performance came in the 2009 NBA playoffs, where he nearly averaged a triple-double, which is almost unheard of for a young point guard. When opposing teams scout Rondo they feel that they want him to be the one to shoot the rock. On a team consisting of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, and Kevin Garnett, that is the smart thing to do isn’t it? Yes, Rondo has struggled shooting the ball, and is sometimes hesitant to shoot, but the nifty point guard somehow finds ways to score now, usually driving by defenders and laying the ball up. Last season he averaged a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists per game. So when defending the Celtics for this season and beyond, I wouldn’t suggest doubling on Pierce or Allen.