Rajon Rondo named to Third Team All-NBA, Kevin Garnett left off all three teamsRajon Rondo named to Third Team All-NBA; Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce receive votes
After leading the NBA in assists in his own, very unorthodox method, Rajon Rondo was named to the Third Team All-NBA. It was his first time, which is nice, and hopefully not the last, although point guard is a position booming with talent, with Kyrie Irving set to join the standing establishment of Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Rondo, Russell Westbrook and the unlucky-to-be-on-a-shitty-team-although-it’s-kind-of-his-fault-for-forcing-his-way-out-of-Utah Deron Williams.
I’m happy for Rondo. But I’m not as concerned with Rondo’s inclusion on the Third Team (pretty expected) as I am with Kevin Garnett’s exclusion (although that was also pretty expected).
Garnett received 22 points in the voting, which gave him eight fewer points than Al Jefferson (Paul Pierce also received votes: view the complete voting here). That’s insane. I really think the majority of people just don’t understand how fantastic Garnett was this season on both ends of the court. In my eyes, he deserved serious consideration for Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 15.8 points and 8.2 rebounds on 50.3 percent shooting, and the Celtics were an outrageous 10.65 points per 100 possessions better with Garnett on the court. Blake Griffin made the Second Team All-NBA, but the Clippers would have been much better off this season with Garnett. Tyson Chandler made the Third Team, but he’s just Garnett without a jump shot.
KG deserves far more respect. Open up your eyes, people. He’s been incredible.