Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics may be down 1-0 to the Atlanta Hawks early into the 2012 NBA Playoffs, yet Rondo has been able to prove his worth as an elite point guard throughout the course of this season.
In a Game 1 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, in spite of his ejection, he was able to prove just how impactful he is at the point guard position. After his chest-bump to the back of Marc Davis, the Celtics saw a four-point deficit build to nine points in the final minute-and-a-half of play.
Where does Rondo rank among the other elite point guards in the league? Does the injury to Derrick Rose give Rondo the top spot in the East at the position? Did a sensational Game 1 performance from Chris Paul grant him a No. 1 spot?
These are the top five point guards in these 2012 NBA playoffs.
Note: Rankings will be based on regular-season play, yet will take into account playoffs if there is a close race between two players for one spot. Players like Derrick Rose and Iman Shumpert will not be given consideration, as they are no longer a part of these playoffs.