There’s a lot to love if Rajon Rondo is running your team. The electrifying passes. The yo-yo-like ball handling. The ability to guard players as big as LeBron James and as small as Earl Boykins. An improving jump shot. That blazing speed.
If he’s not the most fun point guard—or even player—in the league to watch, then I don’t know who is.
However, despite another transcendent postseason performance, he’s not there yet.
Boston Celtics fans may disagree, but most NBA general managers—if they were administered truth serum—would say that Rondo is somewhere between the third- to fifth-best point guard in the league, depending on what they think of Deron Williams and Russell Westbrook. Virtually every GM would prefer Chris Paul and, if fully healthy, Derrick Rose.
Despite what several people seem to believe from a not-close reading of my work, I rank them Paul, Rose and then Rondo.
If Rondo is to change his perception outside of Boston, he’ll have to work on these six elements of his game. If he’s able to shore those up, there will be no debate:
Everyone will agree that Rajon Rondo is the best point guard in the NBA.