Boston Celtics: Rajon Rondo A Realistic MVP Candidate

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Does Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo have a shot at the MVP award this season?  It really depends on how we define a shot.  Can he make it on the top ten ballots at the end of the season? No question.  I think he can realistically finish as high as number three, most likely behind Kevin Durant and Lebron James.

In order for Rondo to finish that high on the list, he will need to have an absolutely dominant 2012-2013 season, which I think he is certainly capable of.  If Rondo averages roughly 18 points per game, 11 assists per game, four or five rebounds, and two steals, while leading the Celtics to a top 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, why wouldn’t he be high up on the ballot?  I am not saying those numbers are locks for Rondo, but I think they are certainly realistic numbers.

He is going to be asked to score more this year and he is clearly going to lead the team in minutes played.  The Celtics will have a well-rounded scoring output from their regular lineups, but the team will definitely need Rondo to score, especially late in the shot clock when he can use his speed and quickness to get to the hoop for a quick shot.

Rondo will get his assists, no question.  He is arguably the top passing point guard in the league and always looks to get others involved.  With Ray Allen no longer with the program, Rondo has cemented himself as a clear priority in the offense and will be counted on to cure a rather stagnant offense these past few seasons.

Rondo looks poised to have another excellent season and being firmly in the MVP discussion is not the craziest thing we have ever spoken about.

 

Rob Lunder covers he Boston Celtics for Rant Sports.  For all Celtics news check out the team homepage on Rant Sports.  Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18

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