Saturday, January 18, 2014

The Return of Rondo

Rajon Rondo (#9) returns against the Lakers


What do Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, and Russel Westbrook have in common? They all got injured in the 2012-2013 and the 2013-2014 season. Its not looking positive for these All-Stars. But there is one other All-Star that is the face of his team. Rajon Rondo made a season debut on Friday, January 17, a made quite an impact to his team. Besides missing the game winning shot, Rondo scored 8 points and 4 assists, not bad for the Celtic, but still not enough. With his big brothers gone to Brooklyn, Rajon Rondo is now the leader of this emerging team, and really needs to step up in order to get some wins.

With competition drastically increasing over in the East, the Celtics are currently the 12th seed in their conference. Not such a great position to be in with improving teams like the Knicks, Nets, Bulls, and the Wizards, and not to mention a certain someone named LeBron James. Even if the team in green decides to tank this season, Rondo still has to play a major role in the development and reconstruction of the young team. 

Last season, Rondo averaged 13.7 ppg, and 11.1 apg. Pretty effective for the starting point guard. But last year he also had his mentors Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, who really contributed in scoring and overall leadership of the team. This year, Rondo is without them, and he has to average at least 18 ppg if he really wants to be considered the leader of a good team. As with assists? Rondo is that kinda guy that distributes well, but he needs to start scoring on his own.

With a new shoe line out and the new title of the 15th Celtic Team captain in NBA history (thats something pretty big), things are looking for the better for Rondo, and even if the Celtics don't make the playoffs this year, he is still going to be considered one of the elite point guards in the league.

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