Not only was Rajon Rondo named to the NBA’s First Team All-Defense, but he also received the second-most votes for the team behind Dwight Howard.
Rondo absolutely, 100%, no doubt about it, deserved the recognition. Yeah Rondo sometimes gambles too often, but he is a more disruptive defender than any other guard in the league. He covers an incredible amount of ground in a matter of split-seconds and can take a team entirely out of its offense with his propensity for steals. He’s as fast as point guards come, has defensive instincts normal humans could only dream of, and the best part about all those steals he picks up is that they turn into points going the other way.
Here’s the rest of the All-Defensive Teams:
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics (50 points — two points for First-Team vote, one for Second-Team vote)
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers (34)
Lebron James, Cleveland Cavaliers (45)
Gerald Wallace, Charlotte Bobcats (30)
Dwight Howard, Orlando Magic (57)
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat (20)
Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City Thunder (14)
Josh Smith, Atlanta (20)
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs (21)
Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers (15)
I’ve got a serious problem with Varejao on the Second Team. He’s a very good defender, don’t get me wrong, but he plays only 28 minutes a game! That’s barely more than half a game. Really, he was a better defensive player than Andrew Bogut, who anchored one of the league’s top defenses while playing 35 minutes a game? I know Varejao is a great flopper, very good rebounder and has an Energizer Bunny motor, but he doesn’t deserve to be on the Second Team All-Defense. Not at all.
Want a voting oddity? Dwight Howard was named to the Second Team on one ballot. Whoever didn’t put him on the First Team should be given the Old Yeller treatment. Want another voting oddity? Earl Watson received a vote for Second Team. Since it’s the coaches who vote for the teams, I can only assume there’s some coach in the league having an affair with Earl Watson.
Back to Rondo now, congrats sir. You are officially the Celtics’ best player on both ends of the floor.