8 Reasons Rajon Rondo Has Transformed Boston Celtics' Big Three into Big Four
In Boston when you think of the superstars and the identity of this team, automatically the words "Big Three" come to mind.
Yet it is Rajon Rondo, starting point guard of the last five seasons with this team, who more than deservedly should enter this conversation. "The Big Four" is a name that has been more than earned for the elite PG, as there are many times where his contributions are far overlooked.
These are the eight most integral reasons why Rajon Rondo, the future of the Boston Celtics, must be considered a member of what should be "The Big Four."
He, Not the Big Three, Is the Playmaker
Kevin Garnett gets the team going on the defensive end, Paul Pierce hits shots when the team needs it most and Ray Allen is Mr.Clutch from distance.
Yet it's Rajon Rondo's job to lead Garnett to the right spots on the floor, tell Pierce where to cut for him to give him the basketball and put the ball in a position where Ray Allen can light it up form three-point range.
These intangibles cannot be taught, nor can they be readily found, and Rondo has shown them from his first days starting with the team.
Wins Games as a Starter in This League in the Postseason
Paul, with the exception of several brief runs with the Hornets, is the only other point guard to even compare him with in this regard. In fact, the only other point guard in the league that really matches up with Rondo here would be Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs, who has three titles under his belt.
Finding outright offensive talents is difficult, but finding the right guys to win games for your team in the postseason is a different story. And Rajon Rondo certainly brings just that.
Garnett Said It Himself
In response to the media's questions on the suspension of Rajon Rondo for Game 2 of the Atlanta Hawks playoff series, Boston.com reported that Garnett had this to say: “It affects us a lot. There goes our leader."
Talk about a statement.
There is no question that the other players on the team are right there with Garnett on this one. And if they're not, they probably should take the Big Ticket's side on this one.
Was a Starter on 2008 Championship Team
There was Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, yet the starting point guard that led the way was Rajon Rondo.
His near triple-double averages in the first round against the Hawks as well as solid performances against D-Fish in the NBA finals played a major part in the team's success in the 2008 championship run.
Make no mistake about it: The Big Four could have been started four seasons ago. Rondo proved during this 2008 run that he was the point guard of the future, the one that could win games.
An Effective Scorer When Needed
When Garnett struggles, Pierce struggles and Allen can't buy a basket, there is no doubt that Rajon Rondo has every bit of ability to help make up the difference.
A much improved jump-shooter, Rondo has the ability to pull up for a mid-range shot as well as slash to the basket.
His scoring ability has been put on full display this postseason, averaging 16 points per game in his last five outings.
The Assist Numbers
In the 2011-12 regular season, Rondo posted a career-high 11.7 assists per game, a mark that would lead the league.
Impressively enough, he also was able to finish the season with a whopping 24-game streak of posting at least 10 assists in a game, a streak Rondo would end in Game 6 over the Hawks at 27 contests in a row.
It is the most 10-plus assists games in a row since John Stockton posted 29 consecutive games in 1992.
In Spite of Avery Bradley's Spark, Rondo Still Shines
Avery Bradley has been a major factor throughout the course of these NBA playoffs, a run that has continued on since the end of the 2011-12 regular season.
Yet even still, Rondo has been able to shine in his minutes on the court and continue to keep heads turning.
In fact, the two actually have a great chemistry together when on the floor, as Rondo is beginning to get a better feel for Bradley's sweet spots. Bradley has proven to become a much improved shooter as of late, as Rondo has been able to find him readily and often.
He Is the Dictator
Being the best player on your team is not being the best scorer. Having the most talent offensively is not the indicator, either.
The "best" player on a basketball team is the one that leads by example, the player that makes others around him better. And on the Boston Celtics, this talent, hands down, is Rajon Rondo.
Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen may be three most talented offensively, yet it is everything that Rondo brings on both ends that puts him a small step above the rest.
Without Rondo, there are no isolation Garnett posts, no passes on the money for Allen catch-and-shoots, no cut-to-the-basket passes to Pierce on the move. His presence on the court is felt on a nightly basis, as he has now earned himself a spot in the Big Four.
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