Why Boston Celtics’ Rajon Rondo Is the Most Uniquely Gifted Player in the NBA

May 8th, 2012 by Stephen Babb Leave a reply »
Rajon Rondo has already distinguished himself among his generation's point guards, but he remains overlooked year after year on account of the fact that he's never been much of a lights-out scorer.

He averaged just under 12 points a game this season, giving fans with a short attention span yet another excuse to overlook the brilliance taking place in the Boston Celtics' backcourt. After three incredibly well-rounded games in Boston's first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks, some of those fans may finally be taking notice.

Rondo is averaging 19 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds and 3.7 steals in those three games, looking a bit like a 6'1" version of LeBron James.

As impressive as his all-around production may be, how he earns it is what distinguishes Rondo from so many other top-shelf point guards.

For a pass-first point, Rondo's as good as just about anyone at getting his own offense when he absolutely needs to. He's still not the purest of shooters, but at his best he's got a lethal mid-range game.

His ability to change speeds makes him a tough guard in half-court sets and uptempo paces alike. The 49 percent he's shooti ...

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