The Phoenix Suns and the Boston Celtics will meet on Friday. On paper, the result of the game is known. Boston is a better team and a championship contender, while the Suns are a team that is trying to make the playoffs.
What I want to see is the veteran point guard and two-time MVP Steve Nash vs. the assists leader of this current season and future All-Star player Rajon Rondo, going at it head to head.
Rondo's defense against Nash's deadly shot, the behind-the-back passes, the quick moves, the fast pace, etc.
Here are some facts.
Rondo was picked 21st by the Suns in the 2006 draft and was traded to the Celtics with Brian Grant for the Cleveland Cavaliers' first-round pick in 2007 and cash.
Rondo's rookie year finished with 3.8 assists, 6.4 points and 1.6 steals a game. The year after, his minutes were up and so were his stats. The only problem Rondo had was his shot; he was shooting only 26 percent from downtown.
Today, Rondo is leading the league in assists with an amazing 13 per game, only the second player to do so since John Stockton.
Steve Nash right now is eighth among the all-time assists leaders, and second among active players to Jason Kidd, who is second all-time. And if Nash plays at least one more year, he will pass Oscar Robertson, who's fifth among all-time leaders.
Nash is also the a two-time MVP. The only other point guard to win the MVP twice was the great Earvin "Magic" Johnson, so there is no doubt that Nash's name will go down in the NBA history books.
Of course, Rondo is just at the beginning, while Nash is close to the end.
I have no doubt that if Rondo would improve his shot, he will then with no doubt be the best point guard in the NBA, but at the moment, just shooting 24 percent from downtown would help get an MVP award.
Also, most of Rondo's shots are layups, and players that defend Rondo usually give him a lot of space so he can take the shot, but most times he passes the ball.
Rondo is scoring only 10.5 a game, and turning the ball over 3.94 times, tops in the league, but that means that he takes chances, which is a good thing for a point guard to do.
On the other side, Steve Nash is one of the best shooters to ever play in the NBA. He is shooting 39 percent from downtown.
In the efficiency table, Nash is ranked at 9, while Rondo is ranked at number 39.
Nash's 17 points and 10.9 assists help the Suns more than the 10.5 and 13.0 Rondo has.
Most likely, by the end of the season, Nash's and Rondo's assists averages will be close.
The Suns have lost three games in a row to teams they should have beat, and now they face one of the top teams in the NBA, and on Sunday, the Suns will be facing the New Orleans Hornets.
Can the Suns beat the Celtics or the Hornets? Nash scored 27 points and added 15 assists a couple of days ago against the Charlotte Bobcats, and the Suns still lost.
I hope other players will pick up their game and join Nash to try and get the Suns back on track.