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Courtney Lee is just one of the offseason additions that can actually put the ball in the basket once he receives one of Rondo's pinpoint passes.
Rondo’s assists have gone up every season of his career, which is likely to continue in 2012-13.
In previous years, if Allen was hurt or in foul trouble, there weren’t many places to go. Some of the options: Tony Allen (good player, lousy shooter), Nate Robinson (a shooting guard who couldn’t shoot, in a point guard’s body, no less), Delonte West (frequently injured), Avery Bradley (good player—more on him later—but only recently developed an outside shot) and Mickael Pietrus (woefully inconsistent).
With the additions of Terry and Courtney Lee, Rondo will have more have more firepower on the perimeter. It’s no small thing that they were both brought along, either. Terry should offset the loss of Allen while Lee’s presence will provide that depth at shooting guard. Moreover, the Celts brought back forward Jeff Green who—at least theoretically—can score from anywhere and drafted Sullinger whose wide body should be an ample target for Rondo’s passes when Brandon Bass is out.
Rondo also had good chemistry with Chris Wilcox before the (undersized) center went down with a heart condition, and his return should help, too.
Point is, Rondo has several more options once his fellow starters sit down, and they’re all capable of putting the ball in the basket. That’s never been the case before.