Rajon Rondo has steadily become one of the NBA's elite point guards. He is an excellent defender, passer and can drive to the hoop and finish.
The one thing that has held Rondo back has been a terrible jump shot and free throw.
Teams have effectively guarded Rondo by playing way off of him and daring him to shoot, while not allowing him to drive. If Rondo develops a strong jump shot, he would become much more effective.
Seeing all that he does without a jump shot really shows what he could be if he could shoot and defenses were forced to respect it.
He is already one of the best passers and playmakers in the league and is excellent at creating shots for others. He is fearless driving to the basket and is not afraid of contact.
However, he is maddeningly inconsistent on offense and he will need to develop consistency in order to be able to carry this offense when the veterans are off the floor and late in the season, when fatigue begins to set in.
He is also a great defensive player and he can guard players larger than himself due to his quick hands and awareness.
If he can elevate his play, especially on offense, and be a consistent scorer along with his playmaking abilities, the Celtics will be in a much better position for this season and the future. He has been mentioned in potential trades, but that should only serve as a compliment and motivation for Rondo to continue to play at a high level.