Found September 26, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Rajon Rondo
TEAMS: Boston Celtics
Photo Credit: Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images Many fans of today’s NBA have become enamored with comparing their favorite superstars. People constantly argue over who is better: Kobe or Lebron; Durant or Carmelo; even Irving or Paul. This mentality, however, has led many fans to miss out on the lesser talked about talent around the league on less competitive teams. The biggest case for this would be the point guard for the Boston Celtics, Rajon Rondo, the best point guard in the league. Rondo came into the league in 2007. Originally drafted to the Suns, he was quickly traded to the Celtics. As a rookie Rondo came onto one of the most competitive teams in the league, with the big three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen; some of the greatest players in the league at the time. It did not take long for Rondo to be considered a peer among them, and there were even talks of a “big four” in Boston. In recent seasons, in fact, Rondo’s performance has clearly outshined even these Celtic greats. It takes a rare talent to come into such a highly competitive team and make a name for yourself, but this is exactly the type of talent Rondo is. Looking at pure statistics it is clear that Rondo is the best point guard in the league. His shooting percentage is higher than both Derrick Rose and Chris Paul at 48.1 percent for his career. His scoring numbers might not be as high as other point guards in the league (but his jump shot has been improving every year), but this is simply because he doesn’t take as many shots, preferring instead to assist and create baskets for his teammates. He averages 11.1 assists a game, ranking number one in the league. He has remarkable court vision and puts his teammates in the right position. Another especially unique talent for a point guard is Rondo’s ability to rebound the ball, averaging almost double the amount of rebounds that a typical All-Star point guard would and ranks number one in rebounds for his position in the league. Finally, let’s not forget that he also ranks number one in the league in triple doubles, showing his ability as an overall athlete and contributor to the team. There is more to his game than just his offensive abilities as well, Rondo is one of the most tenacious defenders in the league. With his abnormally long wingspan, he constantly pressures the opposing offense and often is able to steal the ball at an elite level. He also knows how to get the most out of his teammates; as seen with Avery Bradley, he brings out the best in the players around him. Playing side by side with some of the best talent in the league, Rondo knows what it takes to win. Making a comparison of players in a game such as basketball is normally all but impossible, there are too many variables in the equation. With the core of the Celtics team gone, Rondo is ready to step up as the leader. By looking at the stats and studying the analysis of the experts it can be said that Rondo is the best point guard in the league.

Rajon Rondo getting pricked

Rajon Rondo tweeted this photograph during his acupuncture session earlier today. He said the procedure helps release spasm and reduce pain. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Marc Stein unveiled his first power rankings of the season. The Celtics debut at #27 and you’ll never guess who Stein says will be traded: They have to trade Rajon Rondo. You know it, I know it, everyone in basketball knows...

Rajon Rondo Q & A

Rajon Rondo may not be ready to take the court for training camp or for opening night, but he's getting into the spirit of the season with a question and answer session with his fans on Twitter. There are some interesting answers. Some are not surprising, like Perk, KG and Josh Smith are his favorite NBA players. Others are surprising, including why he picked his number....

Rajon Rondo's knee treatment is... well, odd

It's goin.RT @w_thimas14: @RajonRondo hows ur day going? — Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) September 27, 2013 Rajon Rondo is still on the mend from his torn ACL that he injured in Atlanta back in January. There has been plenty of speculation about when Rondo will return to the court, but it looks like December is the best bet. Acupuncture is not well...

Rondo's on Pins and Needles Waiting to Get Back on the Court

It's goin.RT @w_thimas14: @RajonRondo hows ur day going? — Rajon Rondo (@RajonRondo) September 27, 2013 When asked on Twitter how things were going for him, Rajon Rondo posted a photo of himself getting acupuncture on his surgically repaired knee. Rondo hasn't been fully cleared to return to basketball activities as yet and isn't expected...

Photo: Rajon Rondo gets acupuncture on repaired knee

Celtics fans are on pins and needles anticipating Rajon Rondo‘s return from a torn ACL. It appears Rondo is, too. Rondo tweeted a photo of himself getting acupuncture on his right leg and surgically repaired right knee on Friday, in response to a fan’s question about how his day was going. “It’s going,” Rondo responded. Rondo suffered his knee injury in a double-overtime...

When Should Rajon Rondo Return?

The NBA season is still more than a month away, and I can’t take my eyes off of my left knee. Specifically, the four inch scar that begins at the bottom of my kneecap and the two small hole-sized scars on either side.   It’s amazing what little remains of the two surgeries on my knee. Sure, it won’t ever be 100 percent healthy again, but I’m still amazed at how far we...

CelticsLife Live: What is Rajon Rondo's trade value?

CelticsLife Live is back as CL writers Mike Dyer, Eric Blaisdell and Mark Vandeusen discuss Rajon Rondo's trade value, the opening night starting line-up, and much more. Check it out!

Early December the Return Target for Rondo

  President of basketball operations Danny Ainge has made himself very clear: The Boston Celtics will not rush the return of point guard Rajon Rondo. In an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Monday morning Ainge stated that early December is currently the target date for the All-Star point guard. Rondo underwent surgery to repair a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in...

Celtics don't expect Rajon Rondo to return for opener

Throughout the offseason, it's become more and more evident that the Boston Celtics are preparing to start their new campaign without the face of their franchise, point guard Rajon Rondo. While Rondo will be around the team, he is not expected to return in time for training camp, and President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge told reporters -- including A. Sherrod Blakely...

Marc Stein ranks Celtics 4th worst team in basketball; "They have to trade Rondo"

Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images Earlier this summer I did a fairly comprehensive breakdown of the NBA, ranking all 30 teams after a summer of moves. I put the Celtics 22nd, 9th in the East, expecting them (if they avoid a major move) to finish right around 30 wins this season. However, Marc Stein of ESPN disagrees pretty strongly, instead putting the Cs among the very worst...

ESPN's First Power Rankings Released, Where are the Celtics?

The Boston Celtics currently rank 27th on Marc Stein's pre-season power rankings on ESPN, flanked by just the Charlotte Bobcats, Phoenix Suns, and Philadelphia 76ers.  Stein released the rankings on Friday and had this to say about the rebuilding Celtics: They have to trade Rajon Rondo. You know it, I know it, everyone in basketball knows it. In the interim, though, hats...

Danny talks Rondo, Ray, Tanking and Coach Stevens

Danny Ainge was Boston sports radio 98.5 the SportsHub before the Shamrock Foundation's sixth annual Teeing up For Kids Golf Tournament this morning. It has been rumored that 98.5 will be the radio home of the Celtics this season and so we can expect them to be a bit more aggressive with their Celtics coverage, starting with this morning's interview with Danny Ainge on the...

Rajon Rondo Still Roots for Kevin Garnett, Reveals Surprising Favorite Color in Twitter Q&A

Rajon Rondo‘s favorite color is red. That might not seem so weird unless you consider that he went to Kentucky, where wearing red is akin to walking through fire in a gasoline suit. Louisville alum Terrence Williams even gave Rondo grief about it last season, when Rondo rocked a black and red outfit (the Cardinals’ colors) after a game. A man can’t change his favorite color...

Celtics GM Would Be ‘Shocked’ If Rondo Returned For Start Of Regular Season

CSNNE Celtics insider, Sherrod Blakely, reported in August that he expected Rondo to miss the first month of the season and now Celtics general manager, Danny Ainge, is backing up that theory. In an interview with ESPN’s Chris Forsberg, Ainge said he would be “shocked” if Rondo were ready for the season opener, also predicting an early December return for the Celtics point...

NFL Thinking of London Expansion, But NBA Remains Best Candidate to Jump Into European Market

Rajon Rondo loved Milan. By “loved,” we mean loved. The Celtics point guard could not stop talking about it last preseason after his team swept through the Italian city as part of its European tour. He declined to get into specifics — what happens in Milan stays in Milan — but he just kept saying, over and over, how marvelously great it was. Turkey was not as popular with...
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