Ball Don’t Lie’s great Kelly Dwyer rated the top ten point guards in the NBA today. Rajon Rondo was rated third, behind only Deron Williams and Chris Paul.
3. Rajon Rondo(notes), Boston Celtics(last year: 8th)
A big jump for Rajon, who could be incredibly overrated, or playing the role of the point guard at a level that my tiny brain just can’t understand. I’ll split the difference, and hand him the top five spot. Some Celtics fans were a little upset at the way Rondo let a good group of point men fly past him this season, but that’s the way the position works in this era, with no hand checking to help stop these flyweights. Rondo is just 24, he nearly cracked double-figure assists last season, and he led the league in steals as well.
“Who could be incredibly overrated”?? Please. People continue failing to quantify Rondo’s greatness because they’ve never seen a point guard like him. He’s got mitts the size of canoe paddles, arms like a small forward, the quickness of a track star and the jumper of a blind four year old. But with all his oddities, Rondo controls both ends of the game, night in and night out. I’m glad Dwyer gave Rondo his due at the third spot, but to say he might be overrated is a mistake. Rondo was the best player on the Eastern Conference champions. Overrated my ass.
Anyway, third sounds about right. You could probably make the argument that he deserves higher (he’s won a title, made First Team All-Defense, and led his team to the Finals again last season), but that argument would probably be wrong. Deron Williams and Chris Paul are both very, very good at basketball.