Does North Carolina's Kendall Marshall Equal the Celtics' Rajon Rondo?

Justin CrawfordCorrespondent IMay 22, 2010

ORLANDO, FL - MAY 18:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics drives for a shot attempt against Jameer Nelson #14 and Dwight Howard #12 of the Orlando Magic in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Amway Arena on May 18, 2010 in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The NBA Playoffs.

Some College Basketball fans love them and some hate them. It is not a bad way to catch some basketball during the late spring. The Boston Celtics have been playing great basketball lately, and that got me thinking. 

Who is the key to the Celtics' success?

In my opinion, Rajon Rondo is the key because he fuels the offense. With the age of the  Big Three, Doc Rivers (father of Austin Rivers) is happy to have two youngsters, Rondo and Kendrick Perkins.

Rondo continues to improve his game, and he has now become a threat to score while averaging 9.8 assists-per-game. He has greatly improved his game since playing at Kentucky, although he was a good player while at Kentucky. If you can bear to think back to any Kentucky games on CBS, Billy Packer loved to comment on Rondo's long arms. That got annoying, but apparently those long arms have taken Rondo to new heights.

There is one North Carolina commitment that reminds me of Rondo: Kendall Marshall. He is known as the best true floor general and passer in his class. Marshall seemingly has eyes in the back of his head. he is constantly aware of the other players on the court, and finds them.

Sounds like a Rondo prototype to me. If that is the case, come on down Mr. Marshall. 

I happen to like how Rondo plays. His jump shot is improved, and he is finally dangerous as a scorer. Trust me, Marshall will find his jump shot at some time in his career. He may never be a Wayne Ellington or Reggie Bullock, but we do not need him to be.

We need him to be a Rajon Rondo. A true floor general who involves the other scorers, yet cannot be left wide open. If left open or allowed to drive he will beat you.

That is what I want to see from Kendall Marshall.


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