Rondo has one of the most intriguing stat lines in the game: He is averaging 11.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 8.4 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. Phew, that's a mouthful.
One of the reasons Rondo is dominant is his freakish speed. He can play two styles of basketball.
His other style is defensive. And boy, can this kid play defense. Averaging 1.9 SPG is nothing to dismiss, but more importantly, Rondo has adapted to the NBA type of defense since being drafted out of Kentucky. He is now required to stay square and in front of his man, unlike in college when he could play alongside his opponent a lot of the time.
But, sadly, Rondo goes largely unnoticed, mostly because of his superstar teammates Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and the currently injured Kevin Garnett.
But could he be more valuable to the world-champion Celtics than the "Big Three?"
In today's loss against the Orlando Magic, the Celtics went without sixth man Tony Allen, bench player Brian Scalabrine, star Kevin Garnett, and the kid in question, Rajon Rondo. In addition, Glen "Big Baby" Davis suffered an injury in-game and did not return for the second half.
"Another key to the game, as always, is Rajon Rondo. If Rondo can use his quick defense to disrupt Alston, who will be distributing the ball to Howard as well as the deadly shooters (of the Magic), the Celtics will be in very good shape.
"On the offensive side of the ball, Rondo needs to make sure he continues to push the ball up the floor, run the baseline, and create for open shooters such as Pierce and Allen. If he can get Leon Powe, Glen Davis, and Kendrick Perkins on a roll down low, that would be nice, too, considering those are the guys trying to fill the void Garnett leaves on offense because of his injury."
Paul Pierce only had 16 points off 5-of-15 shooting. Why?
So, is Rondo the MVP for the Celtics? In my mind, yes. How about yours?
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