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Celtics Player Review: Rajon Rondo

At last we have reached the starting five for the Celtics in these reviews. The first of which is the point guard, Rajon Rondo. Coming into his second season with the team, Rondo was asked to step up his game a notch and become the starting point guard after the departures of both Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair, who shared the job the previous season.

Rondo did a good job this year and will look to improve in the future.

Regular Season

During the regular season, Rondo was fourth on team in scoring by averaging 10.6 points per game and first on the team in assists by averaging 5.1 assists per game. His speed and ability to move into the basket even through traffic were his biggest assets. One of his best drives to the basket was when he faked out Steve Nash in Boston against Phoenix.

Some of his flaws included his average ball-handling skills and outside shooting. His outside shooting did improve a great deal down the line as he became a reliable option for scoring. His ball-handling skills led to the use of Sam Cassell in certain situations, which led to Cassell getting more minutes than he deserved.

The Playoffs

The playoffs saw Rondo do just about the same thing. He averaged 10.2 points and increased to 6.6 assists per game. Several times however, the Celtics would send in Sam Cassell again and keep him in there much longer than he should have been and limited Rondo’s minutes which could have seen some of numbers go up even more so. Rondo did continue to show his improvement throughout the playoffs and the ability to play in a big situation.

Future Outlook

Rajon looks to possibly someday be a future all-star, but there is still a lot of development to be done. His defense needs to improve as well as his ball-handling. Rondo will remain the starting point guard this coming season and will receive more tutelage from Eddie House as well as give some to Gabe Pruitt. I believe Rondo’s development is going to be a fun one to watch over the next few seasons.

How far will Rajon Rondo progress next season?

  • He'll be an All-Star. (50%, 37 Votes)
  • At least the 3rd-leading scorer. (30%, 22 Votes)
  • He will remain the same. (20%, 15 Votes)
  • He will get worse. (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 74

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3 comments for “Celtics Player Review: Rajon Rondo”

  1. Cassell getting minutes had nothing to do with Rondo’s ballhandling skills. His ballhandling is above average. Doc just thought that Cassell would be better than he was.

    Posted by JD | August 18, 2008, 9:48 am
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  3. I think Rondo’s ballhandling skills are definitely above-average. Cassell saw minutes due to his experience, Rondo’s lack of confidence in his jumpshot, and Eddie House’s poor ballhandling skills. It turned out Eddie shoots too well to not be played, Rondo was a good ballhandler and had the attitude of a polished veteran, and Sam Cassell was well…Sam Cassell.

    Posted by KC | August 18, 2008, 1:25 pm

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