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Once seen as the little brother of the 2008 title-winning Celtics, Rajon Rondo has grown into one of the NBA's top point guards.
Does he have the mentality to become the alpha dog of a rebuilding team?
Rondo has always been more comfortable as a distributor than a scorer. The 2011-12 campaign, where he averaged 11.7 assists and just slightly under his 11.9 points, is a perfect summation of Rondo's style of play: unselfish to a fault.
One of the most perplexing elements of Rondo's game is his inability to get to the free-throw line. His game is heavily predicated on slashing and maneuvering through the paint, both because of his lackluster shooting ability and his trademark quickness.
Yet Rondo has only gotten to the charity stripe 2.8 times a game for his career. To put that into context, that would have put him on par with jump-shooters like Vince Carter and Bradley Beal last season. That simply won't cut it anymore.
There have been flashes of his ability to take over games—like his 44-point, eight-rebound, 10-assist performance against Miami in the 2012 playoffs—but he has to increase his scoring output on a consistent basis now that his more accomplished teammates are gone.
He's the best player on the roster, and that comes with a certain responsibility.