Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/27/12
It is absolutely no secret that Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo is an All-Star caliber talent. The question, then, is just how far the record-setting assist man can take the club in the record books. We’ve already seen, after all, the sort of impact he has on the iconic franchise’s NBA odds. Just last week, the 26-year-old tied legendary Hall of Famer John Stockton with his 37th consecutive game of 10 assists or more. The latest display of box score greatness helped the seventh-year vet bolster season averages of near 14 points and 14 assists per game. With Rondo at the helm, the C’s have not only found another way to tag their name in the NBA record books though, they have also continued to win ball games. Now plus-.500 in an at-times tough Eastern Conference, Boston has started to demonstrate that maybe their 25/1 odds of winning the NBA championship aren’t so farfetched after all. For every win that Boston accrues over the course of the 2012-13 campaign, Rondo takes one step closer to greatness. It’s one thing, of course, to fill the stat sheet, but another entirely to do so when the fate of an organization depends on it. With the Celtics’ window fast closing, thanks largely in part to the anticipated decline of their veteran corps, Rondo stands alone as an an upward-trending asset capable of restoring the franchise to a contending level. Rondo’s emergence as not only a bright young point guard, but a game-changing, All Star and potentially even All-NBA worthy weapon has given the organization new life. Neither Kevin Garnett nor Paul Pierce are getting any younger, but with their glut of experience, it’s not out of the question to see a Rondo-led, veteran-supplemented core flirting with yet another deep playoff run. Gone are the days where the C’s are a guaranteed home court presence in the East, but that doesn’t mean they’ve fallen off the NBA betting radar altogether. As long as Rondo keeps this historic streak alive, it might be easier to just stop ruling them out altogether.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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