Rajon Rondo is one of the league’s best point guards, a great passer and overall facilitator — depending on who you ask, apparently. According to an anonymous NBA scout, Rondo barely even cracks the top-40. Not top-40 overall players, but top-40 point guards. Yes, you read that correctly.
The Boston Celtics have a gem at the point guard position in Rondo. The eighth-year player is one of the best in the league at what he does and he’s starting to hit his stride after returning from an injury that sat him out for the better part of the season thus far.
He has been so good in February since hitting his stride, in fact, that he is putting up unreal numbers. Rondo is averaging 15.3 points, 9.9 assists and 5.3 rebounds in the month of February to go along with seven double-doubles in his eight games this month.
However, one NBA scout has some harsh criticism regarding the star point guard:
“Three years ago, I was the only scout saying Rondo is overrated, and I was crucified for it. I was saying he was awful. I think he’s a selfish player. He’s only going to pass it to you if he thinks he can get an assist. I’ve seen him come out for pregame warmups with his shoes untied shooting lefty foul shots. For him to come out for a game with that attitude makes me question his work ethic. I’ve never liked his game.
“If you play with Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen at close to their peak, they’re going to raise everyone’s game. Defensively, Rondo’s a bit of a gambler, and I don’t think his defense is all that. If I was starting a team and had my choice of any point guard, he would be 40th. I mean it. I’d take some backups before him.”
This guy sounds like a nut. His argument about the “big three” playing along side him to elevate his numbers would be valid if he wasn’t having a solid season this year.
Well, someone needs to fire their scout because Rondo is a top-five point guard in this league.
Way to remain anonymous, bud.
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