No, I’m not talking about E’twaun Moore signing a contract with a European team. It was as near a certainty as Shaquille O’Neal not making it through 82 games but I am still referring to something else. Something Celtics’ fans have heard ever since his break out season in 2009: Rajon Rondo is overrated.
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I reluctantly clicked. With all the starting point guards in the NBA, I still felt like all five of my TrueHoop brethren had an ax to grind about the chippy point guard who “couldn’t shoot” and had “the luxury of playing with 3 future hall of famers.”
To my surprise, only one picked Rondo. To my greater surprise, his reasoning was sound:
That wasn’t so bad right? Jovan didn’t mention the resumes on the roster. Instead, Jovan succinctly listed all of Rondo’s problem’s last season. His jump shot was still not reliable and he began having trouble getting to and finishing at the rim. Rondo is still an elite defender and one of the best passers in the NBA but he was also exposed a bit last year.
It was long season for Rondo. He had nagging injuries. He lost his closest friend on the team. He was thrust into a much larger role. It was no longer “Rajon, you have to play up to the level of your teammates, prove you belong.” It was, “Rajon, we need you to carry us tonight.” And many times, he couldn’t.
We do not know what would have happened had Rondo’s elbow been intact for the entire playoffs. Most likely, it would have bought the Celtics a couple of games in the Heat series before they less than gracefully bowed out.
My question to you is: Is Rajon Rondo overrated? Is he “the guy” you want to go into battle with for years to come?