Rajon Rondo: 2008's NBA Most Improved Player

TJ ZwarychSenior Writer IApril 26, 2008

In my mind, Rajon Rondo definitely deserves this award.

Rondo is on a team with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, so he does get less attention then he should. He is the starting point guard for the best team in the league.

It's not that he has no backup either; he has Sam Cassel Cassell backing him up. I mean, we all know Sammy is old, but he can definitely still get it done.

Last season, in Rajon's rookie year, he averaged 6.4 points per game, 3.8 assists per game, 3.8 rebounds per game and 1.6 steals a game.

Not bad, but compared to this season? There is no comparison. With Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett being added to the team, you would think his averages, at least points averages would go down, right? Wrong.

Rondo averaged 10.6 points, 5.2 assists per game, 4.2 rebounds per game and again 1.6 steals a game. That's pretty great considering 99.9% great, considering 99.9 percent of the plays are designed for Allen, Pierce and Garnett.

The most criticized part of his game is his jumper. Last season, he shot 41.8% from the field. Pretty bad. His jumper flat out sucked.

This season, although still not having the greatest jumper, he shot 49.2 percent from the field. A HUGE iprovement. Even watching games, most of his points are off of the jumper. 

The only part of his game he didn't improve on this season was his free throw shooting, where he shot 61%, decreasing from 64% last season.

Something we didn't find out about him last year, was whether he could perform in the playoffs or not, this year, we have, sort of. Playoffs are barely underway, but we have still seen him perform, even if it has been a short period of time.

Check out his playoff games so far. Compare these numbers to his regular season stats. He has 13.5 points per game, 6 rebounds per game, 8.5 assists per game and 3 steals per game. Wow. Those are, if not, almost All-Star type numbers.

This guy has only upside and more upside. He has made huge improvements in his game this season. I think he will win the Most Improved Player award this season, and if he continues to improve, he might win it next year to.