Point guard Rajon Rondo has been with the Boston Celtics since the 2006-07 season. Since then, he has won a title, been selected to four All-Star games, led the league in assists and now is the so-called captain of the Celtics after the departure of Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Since this year is considered a rebuilding year, the questions have been raised on whether Rondo should be the franchise player for Boston and lead them to their next championship.
When Rondo is the team’s best player, it is going to be mediocre at best. But, if he is the third- or fourth-best player, Boston is a championship contender. The Celtics can’t build around Rondo, but they certainly can build with the point guard.
Rondo is most effective when there are great players surrounding him. He’s an excellent playmaker, makes his teammates better and is an unpredictable player to guard. Rondo is a terrific player and Boston can win with the 28-year-old at the helm. But, he needs those other stars by his side. I know it is a pipe dream, but if the Celtics were to get a player like Kevin Love and another scorer, then the C’s would have a chance to win their 18th title. Hopefully, they can find that type of player in this year’s draft, which is why it is so important this team obtains a high draft pick.
If Danny Ainge‘s plan is to have Rondo be their best player and build around him by adding younger players, then the Celtics are going nowhere. If Ainge’s plan is to keep Rondo around, but acquire stars as well, then this team would be heading in the right direction,
Plus, let’s not forget the maturity issues Rondo has had over the years. It’s time for him to grow up. His maturity and leadership could be the difference in attracting a star player or not. Bottom line: Mr. Ainge, please get that franchise cornerstone, because it is not Rondo. I know it’s not easy, but Ainge has plenty of assets to get something done.