It always seems like someone disrespects Boston Celtics‘ point guard Rajon Rondo. He never gets the amount of love he deserves, and it is quite a shame because we are witnessing one of the most unique players in our generation. There is not one other player like him in the NBA today. He is an elite player playing arguably the most premier position in the league. He is routinely criticized for his jump shot, and even though it is not picture perfect, he has improved immensely since he entered the league out of Kentucky.
In the current series against the New York Knicks, the Celtics desperately miss Rondo’s ability to run the offense and create open looks not only for himself, but for his teammates as well. His ability to create something from nothing is consistently special and does not get nearly the amount of credit it deserves as a facet of his evolving game. The ease at which he attacks the hoop and blows by his defender is uncanny. The Celtics do not currently have anyone on their roster who can create their own shot like Rondo. Jordan Crawford and Avery Bradley can in spurts, but they are not nearly as good as Rondo in most aspects of the game. When you lose a top ten NBA player, it is very difficult to just replace him and expect everything to be fine. His ACL tear was an absolute disaster for the Celtics, and you have to wonder how their playoff outlook would change with him healthy.
The Rondo injury has really set the Celtics back thus far in the playoffs.
Rob Lunder covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. For all Celtics news go to the team home page on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18