Point Guard Battle: Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo or Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose?

Derrick MorrisContributor IOctober 6, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 02:  Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics tries to keep Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls from passing the ball in bounds in Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at TD Banknorth Garden on May 2, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Bulls 109-99. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The rivalry between Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose started in the first round of the 2008-09 NBA playoffs. The series between the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls is arguably one of the best seven-game series ever played.

During the first-round matchup both players showcased their respective skills to the other team and fans. Even though he was only a rookie people expected Derrick Rose to display his talents. Rose let everyone know who he was when he scored a loud 36 points in his first ever playoff game and added 11 assists.  Rondo also poured in 29 points and grabbed nine rebounds, which is uncanny for a 6'1" point guard.

Rondo and Rose would continue to go back and fourth for the entire series until Game 7 when the Celtics won. Rondo averaged 16.9 points 9.8 assist and 9.7 rebounds in the series, which is nearly a triple-double. Rose did not disappoint at all and averaged 19.7 points per game as a rookie in his first playoff appearance. Though Rondo had the last laugh when he and the Celtics won the heated seven-game series, Rose’s talents as a rookie in the playoffs did not go unrecognized and he showed that in a couple years he will be a force to reckon with.

Fast-forward two years and the debate is more alive than it has ever been.

In the NBA a player’s value will always be measured by the success of his team. Derrick Rose’s first two years in the league have been great for his game individually, but not good for the Chicago Bulls. Over the summer the Chicago Bulls were working to get better so they signed two-time All-Star and veteran power forward Carlos Boozer. Rose always lacked a real scoring big man that could complement his driving ability, but all of their problems will not be solved by adding one or two pieces. The Bulls will forever be unsuccessful if Rose does not forcefully make the Bulls his team while on the court.  

This upcoming season Rose believes he can become the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. “The way I look at it, why can't I be the MVP in the league? Why can't I be the best player in the league? I don't see why not.” That type of attitude is what he will need to have all the time if he and the Chicago Bulls want to be successful and get past the Celtics, Magic and now the Heat. But as an individual player compared to Rondo’s game, the only thing that Rose has on Rondo is his athleticism and his ability to score.

Rajon rondo brings a lot of talent and leadership to the Boston Celtics. Because of his situation he has inherited the Boston Celtics and it is his team now. It is his play—not the play of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett—that keeps the Celtics moving towards the NBA title. During the 2010 NBA playoffs Rondo’s performance solidified his spot as the best point guard in the NBA (yes, he is the best point guard in the NBA).

According to Rondo his new motivation is to inherit that title without any speculation. “I play the game to prove to everybody amongst my peers that I'm the best," said Rondo. "No speculation. 'Oh, he may be top three, top five, top 10.' No, I'm the best.”

In comparison to Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo is a better defender (2010 All-NBA First Team and NBA leader in steals), distributor (9.8 APG), and decision-maker (top 10 in assist/turnover ratio). These three qualities are all things that TRUE point guards need to possess. Not to mention he is already an NBA champion.

The debate between who is better will be going on for a while so voice your opinion. Who is the better point guard, Derrick Rose or Rajon Rondo?


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