When Rajon Rondo was on his incredible run of double-digit assist games, there was no one in the NBA who could hope to surpass him.
Now, however, Rondo's streak is over, and he has visibly changed as a player. He has only surpassed nine assists once in the Celtics' last five games. His assists per game still leads the league at 11.9. In fact, no other player is even in double digits.
If Rondo does continue to ratchet up his scoring, since that is what Boston needs, then his assists will slip slightly. The more shots he takes, the less opportunities he will give his teammates.
There are other point guards in the NBA right now with a chance to see their assist numbers rise as the season progresses. Some have great scorers coming back from injury, while others are returning from injury themselves.
Rondo finished 2011-12 averaging 11.7 assists per game to win the NBA's assist crown. These five players have the best shot to keep him from repeating.