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Rajon Rondo: A Top Three Point-Guard?

Posted on: November 6, 2010 12:28 pm

When the Boston Celtics managed to acquire Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen during the 2007 off-season, not many thought too much about a guy like Rajon Rondo.

At the time Rondo had just one year under his belt and from a non-Celtics fan perspective, he was virtually unheard of.

Who would’ve ever though that this slim 6’1″, 171 lb point-guard would soon emerge as the face of a franchise that consisted of a top 3 power-forward in NBA history in Kevin Garnett, the soon to be three-point scoring leader of the NBA in Ray Allen, and the potential Hall of Famer in Paul Pierce?

Not many, to answer the question.

Rondo now ranks ahead of the legendary John Stockton and Magic Johnson in NBA history with the most assists (82) through the first five games of an NBA season.

He also tied Isaiah Thomas’ record this season for dishing out the most assists (24) in a game while collecting a triple-double.

But enough of all the highly impressive facts and records, because at the end of the day, should Rondo even be considered a top three point-guard in the NBA?

Throughout the last few years New Orleans’ Chris Paul and Utah’s Deron Williams have both split time holding the crown as the leagues best point-guard.

In the 2010-11 GM Survey, 50.0% answered that Deron Williams was the best point-guard in the NBA, with CP3 getting 35.7%, and Steve Nash getting 10.7%.

Paul, Williams, and Nash each bring something very similar to the table. This talent, along with their incredible vision and IQ on the court is what propels them to rank at the top of the echelon in the eyes of the league.

This talent is called shooting and all three do it exceptionally well.

Career Averages

Chris Paul- 19.3 PPG, 6.8-14.5 FG per game , 0.9-2.5 3P per game, 35.4 3P%

Deron Williams- 16.7 PPG, 6.1-13.1 FG per game, 1.1-3.0 3P per game, 36.1 3P%

Steve Nash- 14.6 PPG, 5.3-10.8 FG per game, 1.5-3.4 3P per game, 43.2 3P%

Rajon Rondo- 10.7 PPG, 4.4-9.0 FG per game, 0.1-0.6 3P per game, 25.0 3P%

Rajon Rondo‘s inability to knock down the open jumper is the ultimate downfall in his overall game and opponents tend to attack this weakness by giving Rondo plenty of separation on the perimeter.

Although he is just 24 years of age and is entering only his fifth season in the league, his FG per game numbers have failed to improve and his three-point shooting is far out of the equation.

Rondo is best at attacking the basket, distributing the ball, and stealing the rock from his opponents.

The most elite point-guards in the NBA tend to have all three of Rondo’s qualities while still being able to light it up from the perimeter and three-point territory on any given night.

Until Rondo can consistently hit a jumper, his chances of being viewed as a top three point-guard in the league long awaits.

Brandon Ribak’s Top Five Point-Guards in the NBA Today

1. Deron Williams

2. Chris Paul

3. Steve Nash

4. Derrick Rose

5. Rajon Rondo

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Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2010 1:35 pm

Rajon Rondo: A Top Three Point-Guard?

I would swap Chris Paul with Deron Williams as Paul is healthy again and looks like he is in a league his own. I like Rose ahead of Rondo for a couple of reasons. Rondo is left alone on the perimeter like you mentioned while Rose demands a double team. Rose can create for others as well, but it is his ability to draw doubles, create his own shot, and finish at the rim that seperates him from Rondo in my book. That is one reason, the other is that in my eyes the "steals per game" and "assists per game" stats are two of the most overrated stats in the NBA. An assist requires that another player makes a shot. This is not a great indicator as to if a point guard is a good play maker, because APG requires another player to do at least fifty percent of the workload by actually making the shot. Steals per game also does not make a player a better defender, it simply means the player takes risks. Now sometimes great defender get a lot of steals and sometimes they do not and the other way around. For example Larry hughes led the NBA in steal per game a few years back, but he is a horrid defender. A high APG output could simply indicate that the player has good players around them that can make their shots.

The bottomline is that Rondo has a major hole in his game, while Rose has none. Perhaps Rondo is the better playmaker and abetter defender, but Rose's draw of the double team is as important and his ability to score in the clutch and finish at the rim and make plays is as well.

To be honest I would replace Rajon Rondo with Russell Westbrook on this list because Westbrook offers a lot of the same things the Rose does.

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