Whether fans think Rajon Rondo can be the centerpiece of a contending NBA team or not is somewhat irrelevant at this point. He is what the Boston Celtics have to build around right now, for better or worse.
What can get lost in that aforementioned discussion is that Rondo is very much a luxury for a rebuilding team. Not a lot of guys in basketball have as much ability as he does when it comes to making teammates better. His court vision, creativity and overall athleticism are so excellent, teammates are more often shooting from good positions on the floor.
So, when it comes to building up this Celtics team from the depths of 2013-14, seeking out players who can mesh well with Rondo is a must. Here are nine who could benefit from playing alongside him: