Rajon Rondo Player Profile
Playing just 38 games last year due to a an unfortunate season-ending ACL injury in January vs the Hawks, Rajon Rondo still managed to do enough to leave fans and teammates itching for more. In the first nine games of the 2012-2013 season, Rondo had two games of 20+ assists. Rondo went on to tie John Stockton for the second-longest span of double-digit assist games (37). He even added five triple-doubles, including one in each of his final two games of the season.
Rondo handles the ball efficiently, gets his teammates open, rebounds the ball remarkably well for his size (5.6 reb/game), and has a knack for being disruptive on defense. At his peak, Rondo is MVP-caliber, capable of doing [just about] everything on the floor. His mid-range game can still use plenty of work, but for the time being his ability to initiate Boston’s offense can offset some of his individual shooting woes.
Through those 38 games, Rondo, maybe even selfishly, made his presence felt. His style of play led to triple-doubles and high assist numbers, but it didn’t translate into victories. In the last five games he played in, a span where Boston went 2-3, Rondo averaged 18.8 pts/game, 10.4 assts/game, and 8.8 rebs/game. If we’re forced to measure every other star’s production in relation to how the team is doing, we must do the same with Rondo. He needs to keep his turnovers to a minimum, averaging 4+ per game and having multiple games of 6-9 turnovers won’t cut it.
Rondo’s an all-star PG, potentially the best in the league when he’s playing to his strengths. With the old guard in Boston finally gone, it’ll be entirely up to Rondo to dictate how the next few years go. He has two years left on his contract and will make $12 million in 2013-2014. With how well players are no recovering from ACL injuries, it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if Rondo had the best season of his career, infuriated with Boston’s notion of ‘rebuilding’.