With the Celtics' season starting on tuesday, I thought I would profile the players on the team. What are their strengths, what are their weaknesses. What I expect from them this year. I'm starting this with one of my favorite Celtics Point Guard Rajon Rondo
Strengths: Very quick player who is able to use his quickness to make plays on defense and in the lane. He plays great defense and has very quick hands that allow him to be a great ball stealer. Generally good playmaker in distributing the ball, does have mental lapses.
Weaknesses: Undersized player. On occasion will get mauled going to the rim. He also has a very poor jump shot. He improved his midrange shot last year, but he shot extremely poorly from beyond the arc. He also does have the occasional mental lapses that are to be associated with a young player.
What to expect this season: Expect Rondo to continue to make strides to improve his jump shot. If he can do this his assist numbers will likely also increase as teams will be forced to defend him from further out opening up other players. He now has the confidence of Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, and Kevin Garnett and he has no one looking over his shoulder. The increase in confidence should also be a bonus.
What to expect in the future: I see Rajon Rondo being one of the better point guards in the NBA for a long time. He's obviously not a Deron Williams or Chris Paul, but I would put him in the rung right below those guys. I could see him being a double digit assist man and a leader on this team in the future.