NBA Point Guard Comparison: Rajon Rondo vs. Jose Calderon
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Here are two point guards that are young, up and coming, and look like they will be All-Stars in the future. Calderon is more of a controlled point guard. He's one of the best players in the league at not turning it over while still getting assists. Rondo on the other hand is a speedy guard who can almost always get to the hoop and score, while also being a decent rebounding guard.
Calderon is one of the most underrated guards in the league. The Raptors finally paid him his dues when they guaranteed him a starting position next season, by trading TJ Ford to the Pacers for Jermaine O'Neal. Although he will get more minutes now that he is a guaranteed starter, he might have some pressure on him, considering he doesn't have a decent backup point guard yet.
Calderon is a fantastic point guard in terms of ball control, and is almost a lock for future All-Star games. He is a decent point guard in terms of defense. He can guard some of the pgs in the league, but not the faster ones. He occasionally guarded Kobe Bryant last season when they would play the Raptors.
Here are Calderon's stats from last season: 11.2 ppg, 8.3 apg, 2.9 rpg, 1.1 spg, 1.54 tpg while shooting 52% from the field, 43% from three and 91% from the line.
Rajon Rondo on the other hand, is a young speedy point guard who went from a brutal team to a fantastic team. He started every game he played last year, with the comfort of both Sam Cassell (for some of the year) and Eddie House behind him.
He doesn't get many points, but that is expected when you have most of the touches going to Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. However I don't understand how with that many great players, he could only get five assists a game.
He is also a fantastic defender, being one of the leagues steal leaders, Rondo is one of the premier defensive point guards in the league.
Rondo also is a lock for future All-Star games. since he is already one of the most explosive guards in the league, and has been improving each year he's been around.
Here are Rondo's stats from the past season: 10.6 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 spg, 1.9 tpg, and he shot 49% from the field, but only 26.3% from three and only 61% from the stripe which isn't good at all.
The Virdict: It's pretty hard to decide, since these players are so different but I think I would pick Calderon since he is more well-rounded and is also better shooter.
TJ Zwarych is a columnist on bleacher report and also writes for hoops4life.com and tosports.ca
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