When a star's NBA career is finished, it is often difficult to pinpoint the exact time he ascended to that next level. It is even harder to decipher that moment when it is currently happening.
When Rajon Rondo's career comes to a close, when will we place that turning point? It could be in the midst of the 2011-12 season, when the Celtics seemed to be fading away. When the trade rumors had reached their breaking point and Rondo starting putting up astonishing displays of basketball, all but forcing Boston to keep him.
It could be when Rondo took the court against the team that knocked him out of the playoffs in 2011 with a vicious dislocated elbow. In the 2011-12 playoffs, Rondo took over and played on par with the superstars of Miami.
It could also be the 2012-13 season. Rondo, now 26, has come into his own as a player and a man. He will always have an edge, but if he can control it now, this is the point we will all look back upon.