Rajon Rondo: The Epitome of a True Point Guard

Hayden KimCorrespondent IIIApril 1, 2012

BOSTON, MA - MAY 07: Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics heads down court after he scored on a break away in the second half against the Miami Heat in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 7, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.  The Boston Celtics defeated the Miami Heat 97-81. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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He's done it again. 

Once again, Rajon Rondo has torn apart team defenses as if he was playing against a chair and has done it with unmatched fashion. Rondo has proven why he's in a class of his own when discussing team leaders and true point guards. 

Today's victims were the Miami Heat, who fell to the Celtics by a score of 91-72, and not once during the game did anyone believe a comeback was in order. Rondo and the Celtics were in control as soon as the ball tipped off at half court.

Everyone in the crowd knew they were in for a Rondo special as soon as he threw a pass to Paul Pierce in the corner for a dead eye three-point shot, only before faking out the entire Heat team with a simple but effective fake with the use of his misdirected eyes. 

This was the story of the game, and this has been the story of Rondo's career.  

Finishing with 16 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds, Rondo had hints of Magic Johnson and John Stockton out there today with his dazzling assists and heart-stopping plays as he grabbed his fifth triple-double of the season, which, mind you, is the most in the NBA this season.  

The Boston Celtics played some of the best basketball they've played this season, and it's all thanks to Rondo, the "triple-double machine." Whether you like it or not, Rondo is the truest point guard of them all, and though he is yet to develop an outside jumper or a free-throw percentage above 60, Rondo is the prime example of what it means to be a point guard. 

But what does it mean to be a true point guard? 

The difficult task of being a true point guard is actually quite simple at its core; it is simply running the team to its full potential. Rondo has done this to the very last detail and has brought back a brand of basketball that we haven't seen since the '80s and '90s, which is a point guard that makes every player around him better. 

What you have seen today is not going to make ESPN's Top 10 plays, nor will it be announced at the MVP ceremony, but it will show up in the box score and in the winner's column in the newspaper tomorrow morning. 

Rondo is the most underrated point guard in the league, and it's a shame that he isn't be noticed as much as someone like Russell Westbrook, who is of course having a terrific season stats wise, but when it comes to running a team and making others around themselves better, Rondo is alone on an island that has been lost. 

It has been awhile since we have seen this certain brand of point guard play and thankfully it will continue as long as Rondo is on the floor. This is an era in which point guards are more about scoring and dunking than being a floor general, but Rondo is an opposing force in which every striving point guard should follow. 

So please do enjoy this great level of play as Rondo continues to grow as a player because there are no guarantees that we will see this true style of point guard play for who knows how long. Rondo truly is a work of art.