Rajon Rondo: The Growth Into a Legit Point Guard

Ben WeixlmannSenior Writer IMay 14, 2008

I've been meaning to write this article since Rajon Rondo put on quite the display as the Celtics' floor general during the regular season. I'll be the first to admit that when Rondo decided to forgo his final two seasons at Kentucky, I thought it would turn out disastrous. 

R-squared dropped 11 points a game as a sophomore, and Boston apparently thought highly enough of him to take him with the 21st pick in the 2006 first round, which it officially acquired from Phoenix after the draft. At 6-1, 170 pounds, and with no real ability to hit the 3-point jumper consistently, I couldn't foresee a legit NBA future for Rondo. 

But to his credit, he put up 10.6 points per game on a team that relies on its "Big Three" to score the vast majority of its points. Additionally, Rondo dropped 5.1 assists per contest, showing he was capable of starting in the league.

In fact, if Rondo can get his 3-point jumper to fall even 35 percent of the time, up from his 26.3 percent clip this season, there is no reason why he can't drop 15 on most nights, and flirt with 20-25 points on any given night.  

What the Celtics have also benefited from is that Rondo averages under two turnovers a game, showing that he is clearly taking care of the ball and making smart decisions.

More importantly, however, for the winningest franchise in NBA history, is that Rondo is producing in the playoffs. He has averaged 11.4 points and 6.1 dimes.  Not to mention Rondo had perhaps the best game of his career Wednesday night in Game Five. Alongside Garnett's sickening numbers, Rondo lit up the Cavs for 20  points and 13 assists. 

I never thought I would say this, but Rajon Rondo has arrived. He has validated his position with clutch performances in the playoffs. From a small, do-almost-nothing guard at Kentucky to a fearless competitor, Rondo has learned what it takes to not only make the league, but excel in it.

Mad ups to you, Rajon, because I truly never thought it would happen.