Don’t Believe the Hype: Why Rajon Rondo Is Not a Top-Tier PG

July 24th, 2010 by Pedro Herrera Leave a reply »
I remember watching Charles, Kenny and Ernie talk about Rondo as if he was the second coming of Jason Kidd and thinking:

“Wow, these guys are way off base. Rondo isn’t even a top 10 point guard in the NBA! His only great stat is assists which must be pretty easy to pile up with 3 future hall of famers on the team.”

I’ve never seen such universal respect for a player who can’t hit open 15 footers and shoots under 70% from the charity stripe. We’re not talking about a power forward here, either, Rondo plays the point guard while averaging those stats. Still, there are those who will say that the numbers back up their argument that Rondo is a top-tier player. I usually don’t look too much into numbers but let’s see if they do indeed back up that notion.

Top Point Guards in the NBA:

To start things off I wanted to compare Rondo to the best the NBA had to offer in point guards. I chose Deron Williams of the Jazz, Steve Nash of the Suns and Chris Paul of the New Orleans Hornets (for now). To try to prevent the data from being skewed I chose the 09-10 season for everyone ...

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