The Boston Celtics every year since the 2008 NBA season have seemed to be rumored to be entertaining offers for their budding star point guard Rajon Rondo. When these rumors surface, people hear about Rondo’s attitude issues, his lack of a consistent jump shot and of course the fact that a lot of his stats come from the fact that he plays with three future hall of famers. Some people jump at the idea of getting a Russell Westbrook, Deron Williams, or another position player to team with Avery Bradley with Paul Pierce handling the point guard duties. The people that want to deal Rondo must take a big bite of crow right now because there is not another point guard that plays at the level Rondo does come playoff time and that counts a lot more than filling a stat sheet during the regular season.
Last night against Philadelphia, Rajon Rondo’s game was on full display. Rondo struggled with his shot early, but by crunch time in the fourth quarter his elbow jump shot was falling. He hit some big fourth quarter shots on his way to a solid 13 point effort.
His passing was of course his best work as be carved the Philly defense up by making smart passes to the right man most of the night. When he attacked the basket, he found the open man for an easy jumper or finish in the paint. The result was an amazing 17 assists effort.
The one facet of his game that amazes me is the fact Rondo is a solid rebounder at the point guard spot. He is never afraid to get dirty in the paint and fight for a possession. Rondo finished with 12 rebounds and not many point guards grab half that many rebounds.
Rondo just has the extra gear for big games that most guys do not have. Jason Kidd (11 playoff triple doubles) is the only guy with more career triple doubles in the playoffs than Rajon Rondo (8 triple doubles). Bare in mind he only has a three game edge with twice as many games played. He has more triple doubles than the likes of LeBron James, Chris Paul, and Derrick Rose.
A guy that can play that kind of all around game and dominate is priceless. The triple double overshadows his great defense and four steals that he recorded. He does on a consistent basis come playoff time what the world is still waiting for LeBron to do and that is take his game to another level. People can have their Deron Williams or Russell Westbrook. I will keep my Rondo because I know come playoff time when it counts Rondo will be the guy that makes the most impact. Remember Go Green Or Go Home!!!!!!!!