He Ain't All That: Why Celtic PG Rajon Rondo Isn't As Good As People Think

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He Ain't All That: Why Celtic PG Rajon Rondo Isn't As Good As People Think
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After the May 9th playoff game against Cleveland when Rajon Rondo scored 29 points, had 18 rebounds and 13 assists in a 97-87 victory, most of the so-called experts and everyone in between were calling him the best point guard in the game today.

Well, he's not!

In fact, he's not even close to being the best.

Is he a valuable member of the Boston Celtics team and one of the main reasons why they're just one game away from the NBA finals: Absolutely.

But let's leave the hyperbole to Dick Vitale.

There are several point guards in the league that are better than him and they include Steve Nash, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, and Derrick Rose.

Rondo has a career average of 10.7 PPG, along with 6.8 APG. He's a career 24.4 percent three-point shooter along with also being a very poor free throw shooter at 63 percent.

Those are the not the numbers the best point guard in the NBA puts up.

In comparison, the players I mentioned go from a low of 14.6 PPG, along with 8.3 assists per contest by Steve Nash, up to 19.3 PPG and 10 APG of Chris Paul.  

Deron Williams is at 16.7 PPG with 9.0 APG, and Derrick Rose is at 18.7 PPG, along with 6.2 APG.

Nash, Williams, and Paul are far better three-point shooters, with Rose and Rondo almost neck and neck with a slight edge to Rondo, though Rose improved as the season went along and will probably be much better than that next year.

They are all much better free throw shooters than Rondo, who shoots in the 60s, with only Rose joining him under 80 percent.

Rondo is an exceptional defensive player and he gets points for that, but not enough to overcome the other players I mentioned.

Does the team make the player or does the player make the team?

In the case of Rondo, I think it's a little bit of both.

He's surrounded by three players that are probably future Hall of Famers in Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen.

It takes a bit of pressure off of you when your opponent has to concentrate on the likes of them on the court at any one time.

Rondo is an after-thought to most opponents, which is why his numbers have been so good in the playoffs. Perhaps that's a mistake, but if you're going to try to double anybody, it's usually the other guys.

That could be the downfall of the Celtic foes, but you have to pick your poison.

How good would Rondo be if he were the "Man?"

You could say that Nash, Rose, Williams, and Paul are the best players on their teams, and you'd be correct.

Would Rondo be as good if he was the total focus of the other team trying to stop him?

Garnett, Pierce, and Allen are all getting up in age, but they're still very dangerous.

How dangerous will the Celtics be when they retire and Rondo is their best player?

If he ever is their best player, they're in the competition for the most ping-pong balls. 

Rondo is a valued member of this Celtic team, and there is no way they would have a chance of winning without him.

But he's not even in the team photo for the best point guard in the game today.

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