Friday, February 28, 2014

It's all a numbers game, where does Rondo fit in




If you know one thing about me. I don't pretend to be a stats guru. Don't get me wrong, I love stats, but I also think they don't tell me the story that I need to know. When it comes to Rajon Rondo, and where he ranks among the NBA's best point guards. Rondo doesn't come off as one of the best in the game. Not even a top ten point guard by the numbers. Rondo is the ultimate assist man in the NBA today. He's won two assist crowns in a row, and he nearly one a third in the 2010-11 season.

If you follow John Hollinger's Player Efficiency Rating. Rondo doesn't come close to some of the best in the NBA. As you would expect, Chris Paul owns the top spot in Player Efficiency. Since the 07-08 season to be exact, Paul has been ranked number 1 among point guards. Rondo's best showing was during the 2009-10 season, when he finished 4th. Stats to me can be soulless, and they leave out so much about the game. The Player Efficiency Rating doesn't hold up if you want to say who's the best of the best.

Look at this years ratings. Brandan Wright is ranked number 11 on Hollinger's rating system. Stats give us some of the story, and they often take the human part of it out of the game. Rondo this year is ranked 92nd in the NBA. Rondo is ranked 7th in assist ratio this season. Utah Jazz point guard Earl Watson has been ranked number one in the past two seasons, and Pablo Prigioni is number one this year.

I think Player Efficiency gives half of the story. That's my feeling on it.

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