Rajon Rondo: Overrated Point Guard

Trevor BarberContributor IIIJune 19, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics lays the ball up in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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When I hear people talk about top point guards in the league, I hear the name Rajon Rondo come up a lot. Some people believe that he is a top 3 point guard in the league behind Deron Williams and Chris Paul. If you take a deeper look into Rondo and what he does, it is not all that impressive. Let's take a look a Rondo and have him compared to other point guards in the NBA.

Rondo is a good point guard. That I do not deny, but I believe that Rondo is overrated. He seems to have big games here and there. When Rondo has a big game, it is expanded and talked about for the next 5 games after until he has another big one. This process continued in the regular season and the playoffs especially. Let's take a look at Rondo and his stats:

2008-2009 Regular Season: 11.9 ppg; 8.2 apg

2008-2009 Playoffs: 16.9 ppg; 9.8 apg

2009-2010 Regular Season: 13.7 ppg; 9.8 apg

2009-2010 Playoffs: 15.8 ppg; 9.3 apg

People have said that Rondo was the best point guard in the playoffs this year. I would have to highly disagree. Take a look at Steve Nash. Nash provided 17.8 ppg and 10.1 apg in the playoffs. I don't know about anybody else, but I sure do call that better than Rondo's stats. 

Let's take a look at another point guard in Derrick Rose. Derrick Rose is a scorer and not really a passer, but Rose did put up a top 5 point performance in the playoffs with 26.8 ppg and 7.2 apg. That's two less assists and ten more points. Some would provide the argument that Rose is the only one scoring and Rondo doesn't get as much opportunity compared to Rose. Well to break the news to you, Rose and Deng both score more than Rondo, Allen, and Garnett. So it's not like Rose is the only one scoring. Plus, Joakim Noah averages the same points as Kevin Garnett. Rose is another point guard better than Rondo.

I want to look at one last point guard and compare regular season stats. Gilbert Arenas. He may have been kicked out of the league in the middle of the season, but he did provide 23 points and 7 assists per game. That's again 2 less assists and 10 more points. In this case you can provide the argument of Rondo passes the ball off more and doesn't have a good enough chance to score, but as you can see, there was the evolution of Andre Blatche in there. I think that Gilbert Arenas is better than Rajon Rondo.

As you can see Rajon Rondo seems to have some really impressive games in the playoffs and regular season, but compared to other point guards such as Steve Nash, Derrick Rose, and even Gilbert Arenas, he isn't in the top 3. I think that he is on the brink between 5-7. Here are my top ten point guards:

1. Paul

2. Williams

3. Nash

4. Rose

5. Rondo

6. Parker

7. Billups

8. Westbrook

9. Evans

10. Brooks