Is Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo the LeBron James of Point Guards?
While most men at his position usually take one of two approaches—pass-first or score-first—this man simply does it all. He scores, passes and plays some incredible defense.
Look at it this way. James is 6'8", 250 pounds and has a very versatile game. This season, he is averaging 23.9 points, 10 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. His only real weakness is his free-throw percentage, where he has made 65 percent of his attempts this season and shot 75 percent for his career.
Now, let's have a look at Rondo's stat line for this season. He is averaging 15.4 points, 5.1 rebounds, 12.9 assists and even 2.3 steals per game. His jump shot isn't as strong as James' but like the three-time MVP, Rondo also struggles with his free-throw shooting. He has made just 55 percent of his attempts this season and just 62 percent for his career.
However, Rondo's athleticism speaks for itself. In the Celtics' game against the Chicago Bulls on November 12, the former Kentucky Wildcat finished with the following stat line: 20 points (10-for-16 shooting), 10 assists, five steals and nine rebounds—just one board shy of a triple double.
What makes the man's numbers even more amazing is that Rondo is just 6'1", 186 pounds and that type of performance is typical for him. Last season, he had five triple-doubles, including one absolutely incredible performance against the New York Knicks.
That said, while most would claim that Chris Paul is the best overall point guard in the NBA, Rondo and his great similarities to James make a strong case for him being the better man.
That isn't to say that Paul isn't a great player. He has averaged career marks of 18.8 points, 9.8 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game to go with 2.4 steals, which is more than some NBA players accomplish in an entire career.
However, despite his solid passing numbers, Paul is essentially a scoring point guard who has learned to balance out all components of his game. When push comes to shove, he is going to be the alpha dog at the end of the day.
Which point guard would you rather have?
Rondo, on the other hand, takes no such approach. Like a true point guard, he is a playmaker first and only looks to score if he's absolutely certain that he can. Were that not the case, he surely would have averaged more than 10.9 points per game for his career.
Rondo also crashes the boards far more often than Paul ever does. Whereas Rondo had five triple-doubles last season, Paul has only had one over the past two years and it was in a playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
While he may not be as big of a household name as Paul, Rondo is still a better overall point guard and far more comparable to James. He is the epitome of a team-first player and is only concerned with helping his team win.
He may not be as strong a player as James but with his overall tenacity, he's certainly the LeBron James of his position.
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