Rajon Rondo A-
The Boston Celtics got another great season from their point guard Rajon Rondo. Rondo was already an all star, but he took another step towards being an elite player in the NBA. The fact is the Boston Celtics went a lot further than people thought they were going to and a lot of that can be attributed to the play of Rondo and that is why he earned the A- grade.
Rondo this year once again improved his game. His jump shot was a lot better and he took it more and more this year as time went on. He can still blow by guys for easy baskets at the rim and that makes him very dangerous. His playmaking ability is well documented as he gets guys like Brandon Bass great looks for easy baskets. My one complaint was sometimes Rondo was too unselfish and looked to pass more than he should. However, when one leads the league in assists it is hard to argue with the results.
The reason that Rondo earns the A- has nothing to do with the regular season. It is his big game potential that was once agin realized this post season. He had white a few big games on national TV during the regular season, but Rondo just kicks it into another gear come playoff time. The man averaged in the playoffs an eye popping 17.3 points, 11.9 assists, 2.4 steals, and 6.7 rebounds per game. Rondo took a team that was decimated by injuries and turned them into a respectable offense that nearly had enough in the tank to take the whole ball of wax. Rondo had quite a few games where he was clearly the best player on the floor like his ridiculous game two performance against Miami with 44 points on the road as he took the game over and if not for the Knights of David Stern’s awful officiating, Rondo and the Celtics would have won and gone on to the NBA Finals in large part because of Rondo.
I do not think that anyone can play that absurdly great for an entire NBA season, but I do believe that Rondo can be an elite NBA player. He only needs to be a more consistent scorer with a more reliable shot. I believe that he will put the work in on his shot to get to that next level. If he does get a jump shot like he had in game two of the Miami series, than he will be a top three player in the league never mind top three point guard.