Rajon Rondo: Why He Must Focus on Improving His Shooting This Summer

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Rajon Rondo: Why He Must Focus on Improving His Shooting This Summer
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Despite the NBA lockout threatening to probably shorten and possibly cancel the 2011-12 season, players must still be hard at work over the offseason to both maintain and improve their playing ability, no matter how long the offseason is.

In the case of Boston Celtics starting point guard Rajon Rondo, he must not only work to maintain his position as one of the premier passing and facilitating point guards in the NBA; he must also improve his shooting as well.

For anyone who has watched at least some of the Celtics in action, it's very easy to see that Rondo rarely, if ever, shoots the basketball, preferring to pass off to an actual shooter, work it insider to a big or simply take it to the rim himself for a quick two points. This is all well and good, and has brought the Celtics both regular season and playoff success in each of the four years that Rondo has been a regular starter.

However, in a no-hand-check league that has made perimeter/mid-range shooting the single most valuable asset for almost every team, Rondo will need to develop a more consistent jump shot in order to stay competitive against the likes of Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Deron Williams.

Here's a look at three reasons why it's best for Rajon Rondo to work toward becoming a consistent shooter. 

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