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Gary Washburn of Boston.com reports that Rajon Rondo could be the starting point guard for the star-studded team USA this year. Rondo started in the USA’s blowout over France, an 86-55 win, and looks like he could be in a prime position to make the starting five in this year’s FIBA World Championship. The team is deep at the point guard position with a caliber of players such as Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Deron Williams, so even a start in one game would be huge for Rajon’s credibility.
Rajon Rondo could end up sharing the backcourt with another point guard, because there are so many on this team, but a viable option seems to be either Dwayne Wade or Chauncey Billups. Both Wade and Billups are “shoot first” point guards when they play the position, for the most part, so it would make sense to have them play the shooting guard position with Rondo on the floor. Rondo is a distributor before anything else, so his sleek passing paired with the scoring threat of either Wade or Billups could make for an excellent show from Team USA’s backcourt. Pair that with the supporting cast of big men on the squad, and this team is just about ready to explode, at least on the offensive end.
Even with the talent already implanted in this year’s USA team, the starting nod to Rondo has good things written all over it. Team USA needs a true point guard to lead it’s team the right way. It doesn’t matter how many scorers are on the floor if there’s nobody to get them the ball. Rondo can, and hopefully will, be that guy. If this happens, it will probably silence any Rondo critics, if there are any left, and show everyone that he’s the real deal. This is his chance to prove to the world that he can lead a basketball team at any level. Boston isn’t solely Rondo’s team just yet, but being the starting point guard for team USA would just be one more reason to believe he’s ready to take the reigns when the time comes.