Suns fans can only wonder what would have been had they kept Rajon Rondo.
The most painful draft year for me personally. The now superstar point guard Rajon Rondo was drafted with the 21st overall pick, and promptly traded to the Boston Celtics for a future pick and cash. I’ll use this time to quote a portion of Bill Simmons’ book, The Book of Basketball (if you are a basketball fan, and haven’t read this book yet, do so):
“A few weeks later, (the Suns) gave Marcus Banks $24 million. Would you rather have a potential up-and-comer like Rondo for cheap money or a proven turd like Banks for five times as much?”
I could not have said it better.
Nonetheless, it was somewhat of a blessing for Rondo that he got traded from the Suns. As a basketball fan I’m glad that he got to develop on the Celtics and become a superstar talent because I truly enjoy watching him play.
Rondo would have been miserable on the Suns, warming the bench while Steve Nash got 90 percent of the playing time. However, it eats me up inside knowing that Rondo could have been a member of the Suns.
Phoenix also drafted guard Sergio Rodriguez five picks later, and guess what? They traded him.
On a positive note, at least the Suns didn’t keep Rodriguez and trade Rondo, but this draft still stings.