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Even in the Game 7 loss, Rondo posted a triple-double.
In basketball, points are often the most impressive statistic you find. But sexy means something different. Sexy is a more unique trait that only a few players can employ. A triple-double is sexy.
In order to be in the Most Valuable Player conversation, a player must be sexy and eye-catching. Nobody controls more of a basketball game than the man who has won three of the past four Most Valuable Player awards, LeBron James.
His most impressive trait is how talented he is in every aspect of the sport. Scoring, rebounding, distributing, defense and leadership all come into play. Being good at everything is sexy.
That is what Rajon Rondo brings to the table. His mind-boggling triple-doubles are something out of this world. The ease with which it seems Rondo can influence a game is unmatched outside of James. That is why just six years into his NBA career, Rondo already sits third, behind just Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd in number of playoff triple-doubles.
He has 23 total, in a career that is just seeing its peak. When a box score is sometimes the only part of a game people see, double digits in three major categories is quite eye-catching.
There is nothing sexier in basketball than a triple-double, and there is nobody who does it as easily as Rajon Rondo.