Rajon Rondo will be facing fierce competition when he tries out for Team USA starting on July 20. Of the 22 players set to compete at the tryout, six of them — including Rondo – are point guards. (Green Street)
“We got confirmation [Saturday night] that Rondo will come,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told AOL FanHouse. “We’re very pleased to have Rondo with us. He’s very enthusiastic [about representing Team USA]. We feel very comfortable with where we’re at.”
The only player to be guaranteed a spot thus far is Thunder forward Kevin Durant. Rondo will have some stiff competition at the point guard position as he goes up against Chauncey Billups, Russell Westbrook and Stephen Curry as well as the two most recent Rookies of the Year in Tyreke Evans and Derrick Rose.
In an NBA game, I’d take Rondo over any one of those guys. Yup, that means you too Mr. Rose. Do you have an NBA championship yet? Have you even gotten out of the first round? Did you not get lit up by Rondo in your one playoff performance?
But in FIBA play, shooting is highly valued. That could mean Curry and Billups have a better chance of making the team than they would in an NBA setting. It could also mean Rondo’s skill set does not equate well.
But there’s definitely not a better distributor in the group than Rondo, and if you surround Rondo with premier talent I don’t care if he’s playing under FIBA rules — he will find open teammates and he will run the offense to near-perfection. I just hope whoever picks the team has as much respect for Rondo’s wizardry as he should.