Right before my eyes, I’ve watched the birth of a superstar. Rajon Rondo entered the league as a rookie in 2006. Like all rookies, he had talent and potential, but it was clear he was special. There was something different about him. In four short years, Rondo has emerged from a kid learning how to play his position to an absolute superstar in the making.
Rondo was given a difficult role on the team, to be the quarterback of the Big Three in only his second year. Rondo was up to the challenge and has now become the most important player on the Celtics. Rondo has put this team on his back in the series against the Cavs and next to Lebron is the MVP of the series. His performance during game four was off the charts. 29 points, 18 rebounds, 13 assists. Dominance.
I’m convinced Rajon Rondo will be the next Steve Nash. Different player than Nash, but I’m only making the comparison to say that Rajon Rondo will be an elite player and a MVP candidate. Rondo will never win the MVP as long as Lebron is in the league, but he will be in contention. Rondo is only 24 years old, he’s still learning how to play the game. Rondo has gotten better with every season and I know he will get better in the future.
I’m sure you’re thinking I’m crazy. Rondo? MVP? There’s no way.
Before you call me crazy, here’s some “what if’s” for you to think about though. If they come true, Rondo will no doubt be one of the top players in the league.
What if Rondo develops a consistent 15-18 foot jumper? Rondo can drive the lane anytime he wants. His game right now is to drive and collapse the defense and then dish to the open man. There are times when defenses play him to shoot and it’s his Achilles heel at the moment. If he can hit open jumpers on a consistent basis, defenses won’t know what to do. Do they let Rondo drive the lane or do they let him spot up and shoot?
What if Rondo increases his free throw percentage? A penetrating point guard must have a high free throw percentage. Rondo has improved this year, but still needs to get better at hitting free throws. It’s a momentum killer when he misses free throws. Can’t school a defense and make them look foolish and then miss from the free throw line.
What if Rondo gets better defensively? Is this even possible? It might be. He has the highest steal percentage in the game, a stat that has gone up every season. He has the speed and the long arms to rebound and defend already, but what if he gets better as he becomes more of a veteran? This year he was named to his first all defensive team (1st team) and I expect this will become an annual event. He’s one of the best rebounding point guards in the league and against the Cavs in Game 4, he rebounded like Dwight Howard finishing with 18 boards. Absolutely incredible.
What if he starts hitting from three point land? This one might be a stretch but Jason Kidd wasn’t a three point shooter when he was younger. Kidd added that shot to his game. It’s possible for Rondo to do the same. If he can add this shot to his repertoire, then Rondo will be unstoppable.
Rondo is the new face of the franchise. The Big Three will likely be broken up at the end of this playoff run when Ray Allen will go else where. Pierce will retire in a few years. KG will either retire or move on to another team down the road. In the future, the supporting cast might look different, but the one constant will be Rondo. And as long as Rondo is in a Celtic uniform, the Celtics will have a shot at a championship.
Let me know your thoughts on what the future will hold for Rondo.
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