Boston's Rajon Rondo: No Luck for the Celtics Because He Isn't a Top 5 PG

Joseph Fafinski@Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IJanuary 18, 2011

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Sorry if you love Rajon Rondo, but the truth needs to get out.

There are plenty of point guards who are better than him.

Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, Chris Paul and Steve Nash all are completely superior in that department, and there are several reasons for each of these aforementioned players.

First of all, aren't point guards supposed to be at least decent from the charity stripe?

Well, Rondo is quite possibly the worst free throw shooting point guard everβ€”his ghastly 46 percent isn't even close to respectable.

Nash averages nearly 91 percent, and Westbrook (86), Rose (81), Williams (85) and Paul (90) all average greater than 35 percent moreΒ than Rondo's loathsome number.

His free throw "skills" are a joke at best.

However, fans and analysts turn to the number under the assists per game column that reads 13.4, and they all at once salivate and declare him the best point guard in the NBA.

This is not true at all.

Look at the supporting cast of Rondo. The former Kentucky Wildcat has four future Hall of Famers in Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett and of course Shaquille O'Neal.

All four of these players drain more than half the shots they attempt. How could you not average a ton of assists playing in a lineup like his?

His first year, which ended in 2007, yielded average results without the "Big Three," when he put up 6.4 points and 3.8 assists per game.

On the other side, the better point guards have a lesser amount of weapons yet have good statistics.

Rose gives it up to Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng.

Russell Westbrook sends it to Kevin Durant's way.

Chris Paul passes it to his one okay weapon in David West.

Steve Nash tosses the rock to, um, who again? The guy still averages 17 points and 11 assists every night, even though no one on the team is all that spectacular.

According to All Headline News, Derrick Rose has taken over the top spot in the 2011 All-Star voting and it is for good reason: Rose has none of the weapons that Rondo has, and yet he puts up better overall stats.

In my opinion, Rose is the best point guard in the game and Rondo is a clear-cut sixth.

Rose averages 24.5 per contest while Rondo puts up 10.9. D-Rose also averages less turnovers while they both are averaging around 37 minutes per.

Basically, Rajon Rondo is a good point guard.

I'm not saying he is overrated, but he definitely isn't one of the best.

Sure, he shoots nearly 53 percent, but he never takes a shot outside of 15 feet and rarely shoots from downtown.

However, his high turnover rate and extremely poor free throw shooting, coupled with his previous mediocrity, proves why he needs work before he can distinguish himself as one of the top guns.