Rajon Rondo: Why Boston Celtics PG Is NBA's Most Overrated Player

James Evens@JamesEvensCorrespondent IJanuary 21, 2011

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Rajon Rondo is often revered as the best point guard in the game, especially after his excellent performance in the playoffs just a season ago.

Although he has a plethora of talent and a great sense of ball-distribution, Rondo is highly overrated. 

Rondo is averaging 10.7 points, 13.2 assists and a little over two steals per game. These are some great numbers and alone merit consideration as one of the best in the game.

Two of the other top point guards in the NBA are Steve Nash, who is averaging 17.1 points and 10.9 assists per game, and Chris Paul, who is averaging 16.3 points, 9.7 assists and almost three steals per game this season.

Based on these statistics, Rondo is definitely considered one of the NBA's elite point guards, but when you get into some of the more obscure numbers, it is apparent that he is by no means the best in the game.

Let us start with one of the most overlooked aspects of the game: free-throw shooting.

Rajon Rondo is shooting just 46 percent from the charity stripe; this is absolutely horrible for a point guard. As a point guard, one is expected to be automatic on free-throws—especially in the clutch.

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Steve Nash is shooting 91.5 percent on the season, and Chris Paul is shooting just over 90 percent from the free-throw line.

That stat alone is enough to put the Celtic guard in third, but I will continue elaborating and provide you an even clearer picture on just how overrated Rondo actually is.

Every team seeks a reliable point guard who is going to fight through pain and play even though he is not always 100 percent. Every team wants a player you know is going to be out there, night in and night out.  

On that note, Rondo has already missed 11 games due to injury this season.  

Nash has been in the league for 14 season and has only missed two games this year, while Chris Paul has yet to miss a game.

Although this is completely out of Rondo's control, it is still his body. That is part of what makes him the great player he is, but it is also something that could hurt his career if he does not learn how to stay healthy.

Finally, we get to turnovers. Rondo actually does an excellent job taking care of the ball and is definitely a great ball handler, there is no doubting that.

All three point guards I have mentioned in this article are all around the same number for this stat, so turnovers is not an issue.

Rondo is a great player, don't get me wrong, but he does not deserve all the hype he is getting at the moment, especially considering there are better point guards in the league.

And that is what makes him the most overrated player in the NBA.

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