Rajon Rondo is one of the most unique players in the NBA. The long-armed, point guard for the Boston Celtics is as creative a player there is in the game today. He is blessed with excellent court vision, is one of the top rebounding guards in the league and scores in a variety of ways. However, he has never had a reliable jump shot. The former University of Kentucky star is the best player on the Celtics roster but they are in a rebuilding phase. In the final year of his contract, Rondo appears to want out of Boston and there will be plenty of suitors looking to sign him next summer.
In his second season in the league, Rondo was more of a role player alongside the Celtics’ trio of superstars. In 2009, he was asked to take on more of a role with the Celtics as injuries and age started to catch up with Boston. He broke out in the 2009 NBA Playoffs, averaging nearly a triple-double and pushing the Orlando Magic to the brink in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. In 2010, he reached his first All-Star game and Boston’s “Big Three” was now a “Fantastic Four.” He helped lead the Celtics to the NBA Finals and led the league in steals that season.
the Celtics drafted guard Marcus Smart with the sixth overall pick and he didn’t play a whole lot this past season as he was recovering from ACL surgery.
Is Rondo someone to build around? He is one of the best floor leaders in the league, but his inability to shoot consistently makes it tough for him to be a team’s centerpiece. Pair him with an elite big man and some shooters though, and you have a team that can contend. On the free agent market, he will command top dollar as he will 29 when he hits free agency. Another thing that may hurt Rondo is how he recovers from his injury. If he can show he is in great form to begin the season, expect him to be dealt before the trade deadline unless he is coaxed back in by Danny Ainge and the Celtics.