That is, he turned the heads of those who haven’t followed the Celtics’ diminutive all-star all that closely since he was drafted out of Kentucky in 2006. Rondo is confident to the point of cockiness, so his declaration really isn’t all that surprising.
And his self-assuredness isn’t necessarily misplaced, either; he led the NBA by dishing out 11.7 assists per game this past season, outpacing second-place finisher Steve Nash by a full assist per game.
After a 28-game double-digit assist streak was finally broken in Game 6 of the playoffs, Rondo played a game that became legend even before the final buzzer sounded. In a loss to Miami, Rondo finished with 44 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and three steals while shooting better than 66 percent from the floor, putting his team on his back, and the eventual champions on their heels.
Alas, as good as he is, even the brash young point guard knows his game is not perfect and he happens to be playing during what appears to be the golden age of point guards.
No fewer than five point guards in the NBA have legitimate claims to the throne Rondo believes to be his own, and several more could make the case that they’re just as, if not more, valuable to their teams than Rondo is to the Celtics.