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Is Boston Celtic Rajon Rondo A Top 3 Point-Guard?

When the Boston Celtics managed to acquire Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen during the 2007 off-season, not many thought too much about a guy like Rajon Rondo.

At the time Rondo had just one year under his belt, and from a non-Celtics fan perspective, he was virtually unheard of.

Who would’ve ever though that this slim 6’1″, 171 lb point-guard would soon emerge as the face of a franchise that consisted of a top three power-forward in NBA history in Kevin Garnett, the soon to be three-point scoring leader of the NBA in Ray Allen, and the potential Hall of Famer in Paul Pierce?

Not many, to answer the question.

Rondo now ranks ahead of the legendary John Stockton and Magic Johnson in NBA history with the most assists (82) through the first five games of an NBA season.

He also tied Isaiah Thomas’ record this season for dishing out the most assists (24) in a game while collecting a triple-double.

But enough of all the highly impressive facts and records, because at the end of the day, should Rondo even be considered a top three point-guard in the NBA?

Throughout the last few years New Orleans’ Chris Paul and Utah’s Deron Williams have both split time holding the crown as the leagues best point-guard.

In the 2010-11 GM Survey, 50 percent answered that Deron Williams was the best point-guard in the NBA, with CP3 getting 35.7 percent, and Steve Nash getting 10.7 percent.

Paul, Williams, and Nash each bring something very similar to the table. This talent, along with their incredible vision and IQ on the court is what propels them to rank at the top of the echelon in the eyes of the league.

This talent is called shooting and all three do it exceptionally well.

 

Career Averages

Chris Paul: 19.3 PPG, 6.8-14.5 FG per game , 0.9-2.5 3P per game, 35.4 3P percent

Deron Williams: 16.7 PPG, 6.1-13.1 FG per game, 1.1-3.0 3P per game, 36.1 3P percent

Steve Nash: 14.6 PPG, 5.3-10.8 FG per game, 1.5-3.4 3P per game, 43.2 3P percent

Rajon Rondo: 10.7 PPG, 4.4-9.0 FG per game, 0.1-0.6 3P per game, 25.0 3P percent

Rajon Rondo‘s inability to knock down the open jumper is the ultimate downfall in his overall game, and opponents tend to attack this weakness by giving Rondo plenty of separation on the perimeter.

Although he is just 24 years of age and is entering only his fifth season in the league, his FG per game numbers have failed to improve and his three-point shooting is far out of the equation.

Rondo is best at attacking the basket, distributing the ball, and stealing the rock from his opponents.

The most elite point-guards in the NBA tend to have all three of Rondo’s qualities while still being able to light it up from the perimeter and three-point territory on any given night.

Until Rondo can consistently hit a jumper, his chances of being viewed as a top three point-guard in the league long awaits.

 

Brandon Ribak’s Top Five Point-Guards in the NBA Today

1. Deron Williams

2. Chris Paul

3. Steve Nash

4. Derrick Rose

5. Rajon Rondo

For more of Brandon's content be sure to check out NBAPrimetime.com and follow him on twitter @_nbaprimetime

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