Boston Celtics' Big Three Expanding: Why Rajon Rondo is Now the Best Celtic

Terrance JacksonCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 28:  (L-R) Paul Pierce #34, Ray Allen #20, Kevin Garnett #5 and Rajon Rondo #9 of the Boston Celtics look on against the Orlando Magic in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 28, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts.  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 Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Even before last night's 24-assist, 10-point, 10-rebound triple-double, Rajon Rondo showed that he is the Boston Celtic's best player. 

Going back to last year's playoff run, Rondo put the Celtics on his back and they rode him to the NBA Finals as he averaged 15 points and nine dimes a game in the postseason.

Though he is not the best scorer on the team, even a fool can tell that Rondo is the straw that stirs the drink and has complete control of that offense.

The Celtic's big three was the main reason the team won their 2008 championship while Rondo was still learning the ropes, but now Rondo is the C's most dominant and important player going forward.

We've seen the Celtics make the playoffs and still do well with out Kevin Garnett, and the main reason was Rondo's great play. I can't see the C's making the playoffs and doing well with out Rondo; at this point in their careers the big three just can't create offense for themselves anymore with the exception of Paul Pierce at times.

Rondo is not only the team's floor general, but he also is the team's top defender and is often shutting down the opposing PG while also causing a mismatch on the other end with his supreme quickness and finishing ability. 

Rondo is rapidly rising in the ranks of the top point guards in the NBA and is arguably the best in the league. This season Rondo has games of nine, 17, and 24 assists while getting a steal in each game. He also is averaging 6.3 rebounds a game, which just shows his further value to the Celtics. 

I see the way Rondo commands the Boston offense, and it's some of the most beautiful PG play I've seen since Steve Nash during his back to back MVP runs. He shows an uncanny ability to get players the ball at the right times and makes it look easy when he adds the flair to his passes. 

Rajon may not have the same explosiveness as a Deron Williams, Derrick Rose or a Chris Paul, but his knowledge, vision and desire is unmatched. 

I know "The Big Three" is a catchy nickname, but the way Rajon Rondo is playing they might have to change it and maybe get used to hearing "The Big Four."