NBA Swapping Game: Rajon Rondo and All-Time Great Bob Cousy

Tarik MowattContributor IIIOctober 30, 2011

MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 08: Rajon Rondo drives during the South Florida All Star Classic at Florida International University on October 8, 2011 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Rajon Rondo is one of the best point guards in the game today. He's a pure point guard who knows how to set up his teammates, grab rebounds, drive the basket and play tough defense.

Rondo is a two-time All-Star and he's been on the All-Defensive First Team twice. Rondo is only 25 and has a very bright future ahead of him. During the 2010-2011 season, Rondo and Boston's Big Three performed admirably and led the Celtics to a 56-26 record.

How would the Celtics have fared if we removed Rondo from the Celtic roster and replaced him with one of the all-time greats at his position? What if we took out Rondo and replaced him with Bob Cousy?

This past season was Rondo's fifth season in the NBA, so we'll also use Cousy's stats in his fifth year in our comparison:

Player Points Per Game Rebounds Per Game

Assists Per Game

Field Goal %

Free throw %

Rajon Rondo 10.6 4.4 11.2 47.5% 56.8
Bob Cousy 21.2 6.0 7.8 39.7% 80.7%

The results are pretty interesting and there are obvious similarities and differences. Both have above average rebounding and ball distribution abilities. Although it may seem that Bob Cousy was a much better scorer, he did so on a much lower percentage and throughout his career Cousy never averaged over 40 percent from the field.

This may have just been the time period he played in. His ability to knock down free throws at nearly 81 percent should make up for that. Rondo, as we all know, isn't a great free throw shooter.

It's tough to say how effective Bob Cousy would be in today's NBA. Cousy was known for his spectacular passes, but if you look at the statistics, it appears that Rondo is the better distributor out of the two.

Boston went 56-26 with Rondo as the starting point guard. With Cousy I actually think that the Celtics wouldn't perform much better; with all due respect to the talents of Bob Cousy. A 60-22 record would be my prediction for the Celtics, since Cousy has distribution skills along with a jump shot and the ability to hit free throws.

I feel kind of bad saying that an all-time great like Cousy would only add on four wins to the team, but I have my reasons. Cousy has a jump shot, but as previously stated, shoots under 40 percent. The range of his jump shot and the difference in the eras has given me some doubts. 

How many wins do you think the Celtics would have if Bob Cousy replaced Rondo? We will never know for sure, but it is an interesting prospect to consider.

What do you think would happen if Cousy replaced Rondo? Is my analysis completely wrong? Am I under or overrating one of the greatest to ever suit up for the Celtics? Please let me know what you think in the comment section. Thanks for reading.